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Healthy Skin Is Simple to Maintain

By Tom Herrin

Thinking of our skin as an organ is just as important as any of the other organs in our body.  We may not realize that it has some very specific jobs.  One of the most important is to protect us from infection.  This is pretty obvious anytime we cut ourselves and end up with inflammation and pain.  Our skin also is what gives us our appearance.  For many years, most men paid little attention to how their skin looked and may have felt that it was for women to worry about.  In more recent times, there has been much more focus on maintaining healthy skin.  Male and female alike seem more concerned about keeping their skin in good shape.  Making sure to do a few small things may be adequate to do the job.

Use Sunscreen Regularly

We have come a long way in terms of how to care for our skin.  At one time, you could slap on some tanning lotion and feel like you have done all you can.  The sunscreens of today are vast improvements over those lotions of the past.  They may offer protection from dangerous burns that can lead to skin cancers.  Some of these can become serious.  It is generally suggested that we should use  sunscreen that is mineral-based with SPF of at least 30.  Using it on a daily basis, instead of only on occasions when they expect high exposure, should be part of our routine.

Consume Good Fats

Eating any kind of fats is something that many of us would probably never consider as part of a program to improve skin.  Even though we often make every effort to avoid fats in our diet, these healthy fats can help us to preserve the health of our skin.  They are believed to help prevent the skin and hair from becoming too dry.  Some of the best of these are nuts, flaxseed, avocado, salmon, olive oil, and a few others.

Don't Try to Skimp on Sleep

Children are often encouraged to get lots of sleep due the fact that they are growing.  As adults, we still need to get good quality sleep.  Seven to eight hours per night is pretty much the standard.  Too many times, we try to make up for lost time involving something else by cutting short  our sleep.  Sleep is the time in which our body makes repairs, and the skin needs it just like anything else.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Stafford, Va.

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