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Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin

Up until a few years ago I didn’t care much about my skin. I could be in Tahoe in the winter, snowboarding in the freezing cold or working out hard and showering afterwards thinking that I had done enough for my skin. But, when I started to pay attention to the dryness on my face, hands and feet, I noticed that I could feel and look better.

Guys think that lotions and creams are only for females, but when we males start using lotion, girls will start noticing us for healthy looking skin and not for Scaly Hand Syndrome.

Choose alcohol-free hand sanitizers, soap-free cleaners and moisturize your skin to keep it from chapping.

Its getting into the colder weather and the skin is more prone to small cuts, dryness and sensitivity, so keeping the skin hydrated is a must.

 

There are several types of moisturizers you can choose from, according to your skin’s needs. Lets dive in:

Humectants, such as glycerin and lactic acid, attract water and help skin retain moisture. Emollients, such as fatty acids and ceramides, soften and soothe. Occlusives (known as “barrier creams”), such as petrolatum, dimethicone or lanolin, leave a film on the surface of the skin and seal in moisture.

Most products contain a combination of humectants, emollients and occlusives, so it’s easiest to choose a moisturizer based on your skin type–there are formulas for oily or acne-prone skin (look for “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic” on the label), sensitive skin, and dry or mature skin.

You’ll also notice that moisturizers have different textures. (Occlusives tend to be the heaviest of the bunch.) Lotions are light, and creams are a little more substantial. For anyone with dry or extra-dry skin, you want something that has more substance-it’s better to use a cream, which tends to protect skin better than lotion advises Dr. Chaturvedi, Dermatologist.
Also, what you eat and drink is a vital part of skin health.

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits in winter especially the ones which are rich in protein, antioxidants, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, B1 and B2 .

Try out these foods: low-fat dairy products (yogurt), whole grain products, eggs, meat, legumes, green leafy vegetables and fruits high in antioxidants (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums).

And of course drink plenty of water= Hydrate!

Drink water. Keep moisturized. Eat healthy.

And remember:

 In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before