Protecting Your Outer Self:
People say that beauty’s only skin deep; it’s what’s on the “inside” that counts. Our insides are certainly important, but skin is your first layer of defense against the outside world. Skin can also give important clues to your overall health. Learn to take good care of your skin, so your skin can keep taking good care of you.
Tips for Healthy Skin
- Wash up. Bathe in warm—not hot—water; use mild cleansers that don’t irritate; and wash gently—don’t scrub.
2. Block sun damage. Avoid intense sun exposure, use sunscreen, and wear protective clothing.
3. Don’t use tanning beds or sunlamps. They emit the same harmful UV radiation as the sun.
4. Avoid dry skin. Drink plenty of water, and use gentle moisturizers, lotions, or creams.
5. Reduce stress. Stress can harm your skin and other body systems.
6. Get enough sleep. Experts recommend about 9 hours a night for teens and 7-8 hours for adults.
7. Speak up. Talk to your doctor if you notice any odd changes to your skin, like a rash or mole that changes size or color.