4 Ways to Protect Your Skin

You need to protect your skin because of the vital role it plays protecting your body. Skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, and can quickly become second nature, like brushing your teeth. Skin care just comes down to practicing good habits. Here are four tips that can help guard against skin cancer, chapped skin, dryness and more:

Limit sun exposure:

You’ve heard the message a billion times, and there’s good reason for that unrelenting repetition. Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun cause all kinds of skin damage like skin cancer, discoloration, wrinkles, age spots and many more. The best way to protect your skin from the sun is to use sunscreen every day and reapply regularly whenever you’re outdoors for extended periods.

Always stay hydrated:

Keeping your skin moist is essential to skin protection. Skin that is properly hydrated prevents chapped skin or scaly, flaky skin. The key to hydrating your skin is to drink lots of water. Take warm (not hot) showers and limit them to between 5 and 10 minutes. It seems counterintuitive, but exposure to water actually dries out your skin. If dry skin persists, consider cutting back on the number of baths you take. Another tip is to use your moisturizing cream or lotion immediately after drying off your body from the shower.

Use gentle skin care:

Washing your face is important to remove dirt, oils, germs, and dead cells. However, scrubbing your face causes irritation that can lead to chapped skin that, in turn, can leave skin vulnerable. For best results, you should wash your face twice daily with warm water and a mild cleanser. Gently massage your face with a washcloth, using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly after washing to remove all soap and possible dirt. Finally, pat your skin dry — don’t rub — then apply your facial moisturizer.

Take health precautions:

Practicing skin protection means paying close attention to what touches your skin, to lower your chances of exposure to germs. Don’t share any personal items, such as lip balms or toothbrushes. It might seem almost impossible but, try as much as possible not to share drinks with other people. What this simply means is drinking from the same cup or bottle with someone else. Avoid picking at rashes or pimples that may appear on your skin. This is an extra precaution to stop them from possibly spreading.