Does this winter weather have you looking like a lizard?
Did you know your skin is an organ? In fact, the skin is the largest organ of the body. According to WebMD, the skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet. The skin protects us from many things including germs, microbes and environmental elements. The skin also helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.
I don’t know about you, but I love the sun. I love the warm feeling of the sun on my skin, the glow of sun-kissed skin and hair, and the radiant light illuminating in the sky. My body and mind thrive on an abundance of Vitamin D. In the winter, the dry, cold air, leaves our skin looking and feeling very drab, dull and tired. Not cool.
Since our skin is an organ, it is vital to take care of it, just like we take care of the rest of our organs. While the warm rays may feel amazing on the skin, the effects of excessive ultraviolet rays and sun exposure may not be as amazing to the skin. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) tells us that one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime. EVEN IN THE WINTER! Prolonged ultraviolet exposure may also lead to the following: cataracts, premature aging, wrinkles, dryness, age spots, sun spots, rashes, blisters and scarring. With these risks in mind, it is important to protect ourselves daily and block harmful rays all year around. Here are a few simple tips that can protect your skin and possibly save your life as well as hydrate and nourish your skin in the winter.
Sunscreen & Lip Balm – Both are highly recommended to defend against skin cancer. Sunscreen is available in many different forms; lotions, creams, ointments, gels, sticks, and sprays. While applying sunscreen, apply lip balm with SPF as well. Nourishing your skin and lips in the winter is critical as our skin naturally dries out due to cold, dry temperatures and increased wind. One of my favorite products (I have several), but one of my favorites is CICAPLAST BAUME B5 by LA ROCHE-POSAY. I have included a product link to Amazon.
Sunglasses – Believe it or not, but you can sunburn your eyes, even in the winter, especially if you are surrounded by snow. Snow can be blinding. Cataracts are very common and wearing sunglasses daily can help protect against sun burn, cataracts and other UV related cancers and conditions.
Hydrate – DRINK UP! Water, water and more water! Hydrating your skin for the inside out is just as important as hydrating it on the outside. There is no real rule on how much water you should drink but a very good sign that you are getting enough is the color of your urine. The clearer the better. If it’s yellow, drink up!!
Whether you are headed to the beach or the slopes this winter make sure you keep your skin as healthy and beautiful as possible.
XOXO – Missie