3 ways to promote healthy skin

You know you need to maintain a healthy weight and to eat right to keep your overall health in check, but do you take the time to keep your skin healthy? As the body’s largest organ, our skin is vital to our very existence, so it is crucial to pamper and protect our skin. Here are three easy ways to promote healthy skin:

1. Stay hydrated
The benefits of staying hydrated are felt throughout our bodies because every system in our bodies depends on water. Water is needed to flush toxins out of vital organs, carry nutrients to cells and provide a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

With our busy lifestyles it is sometimes difficult to stay hydrated, but we should aim for eight glasses of water a day to keep our skin healthy. I can speak from my own experience – while we know what we are supposed to do, it is difficult to stay on track. We have all heard the benefits of staying hydrated; it is just hard at times to keep up.

2. Protect your skin
It is very important to protect our skin from the sun. Always use a moisturizer, sunscreen and cosmetics that contain SPF 15 or higher. Make sure your sunscreen protects against UV-A and UV-B rays for ultimate protection. A good hat and sunglasses are also great ways to achieve sun protection.

3. Pamper your skin
Some skin care products can help promote youthful, healthy skin. Look for skin care products with effective anti-aging ingredients, such as vitamins A, C and E, retinol, peptides, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and glycolic acid. Most major skin care brands offer products with these anti-aging ingredients. These products will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and help slow the aging process.

About Author: Pedro Rodriguez, MD

Pedro Rodriguez, MDDr. Pedro Rodriguez is a board-certified plastic surgeon at OSF Specialty Clinic – Guilford Square in Rockford, Ill. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. He completed a five-year surgical residency at SUMMA Health Systems in Akron, Ohio, and received extensive training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Rodriguez's favorite pastime is impromptu dancing with his twin boys. He also enjoys working out, playing the acoustic guitar and fixing up the 1968 Camaro he has owned since he was 16.

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