Summer Skin: Safe, Healthy and Hydrated

Summer Skin: Safe, Healthy and Hydrated
14 Dec

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Make sure to have a plan before leaving home.

Summer is here! That means plenty of outdoor events and activities. But be careful, and don’t let the summer fun become a summer nightmare.

Make sure to get the family involved in the planning before leaving home, this way everyone will be aware of wearing the proper clothes, protecting the skin from the sun and staying hydrated.

It is essential to wear the proper attire during summer days to avoid sunburns and rashes. Try to find clothing made from jersey or cotton. These are breathable materials that help to keep the body cool during hot days. Make sure to avoid clothing made of polyester or nylon because, even though they may look nice, they are not breathable materials. Look for light colored fabrics when choosing outdoor attire like pastels, as they will absorb less heat than a darker color. There are numerous great options in the marketplace that provide UVA/UVB protection to enjoy the outdoor summer fun without the worry.

To avoid sunburns during a summer day, make sure to apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen on every family member 30 minutes before sun exposure, this will allow the product’s ingredients to fully bind with the skin. Wear a hat and shades between 10 am and 3 pm, when the sun is at its strongest, and don’t forget about the hidden areas on the body like the back of the head, ears, hands and feet. If planning strenuous or water activities, use a product that is water resistant, and make sure to reapply every two hours. Strenuous activities during summer months can lead to substantial water and electrolyte loss. To prevent dehydration from happening, it is essential to keep the body hydrated. Don’t leave home without the cooler full of hydrating drinks and foods. Plain water is good, but adding a little low-sugar hydrating powder or fresh fruit to cold water will infuse flavor, and it might encourage the family to drink more often. Don’t forget that eating fruit is also an excellent way to stay hydrated. It is crucial to stay away from sugary drinks like sodas, as they can act as a dehydrating agent and increase thirst.

Once the family gets home, make sure to remove any sweaty or wet attire as quickly as possible. This will help prevent body rashes and skin irritation. Make sure to use a body wash free of harsh sulfates, parabens, added colors and dyes, as these types of ingredients can irritate the skin. Look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter, which will soothe the skin and make it feel amazing after a long, fun, active day. Summer months are always a fun time to spend with family and friends, and these simple tips will keep the body healthy and safe all summer long.

Tips to Keep Your Hands Healthy and Youthful-Looking

Tips to Keep Your Hands Healthy and Youthful-Looking
09 Aug

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For good skin care, the hands have it.

Are your hands looking as healthy as they should be? Let’s explore some different hand creams and tips to keep your hands in tip-top shape.

Our hands are our number one tool for work and expression. They are busy most of the day doing something. And they can be quite the focal point for others to look at. Are your hands looking as healthy as they should? Are you taking extra precautions to make sure they are representing the rest of you to the best of their ability? Let’s explore some different hand creams and tips to keep your hands in tip-top shape.

One of the quickest ways to show someone your “true” age is through your hands. How they feel and how they look is very important. Have you ever shaken someone’s hand and were startled by how rough and gruff it felt? Or, have you experienced the exact opposite and felt something so smooth and soft you thought they must live in a pair of gloves? Our hands are our number one tools. And above and beyond any other body part, they are exposed to very harsh chemicals, dirt and the sun.

Think about how many times we clean our hands in a day just to remove dirt and germs. Our hands are always exposed to the elements and weather conditions. And the cold, wind and sun, above all, can damage our hands and cause them to age prematurely.

The palms of our hands are much thicker than the thin skin on the back of our hands. As we age, our collagen and elastin is compromised and we experience the loss of fat. When this happens, the veins on the back of our hands tend to stand out more, our knuckles are more pronounced, we develop spots, fine lines and even wrinkles. So, what can we do? Invest in a good hand cream or lotion and make you use it several times throughout the day. It won’t improve the structure of your hands, but it can help them look better.

There are many different kinds of hand creams and lotions from which to choose. Focus on what is most important to you. Are your hands too dry, cracked and wrinkled? Or, are you starting to notice those pesky dark spots? Here are a few good options to explore.

Moisturizing Hand Creams

The hands need moisture as much as any other part of the body. This is due to their constant exposure to harsh chemicals, the weather and especially the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Repeated washing throughout the day compromises our skin’s natural moisture barrier, causing hands to become dry and, unfortunately, older looking than they should. When the skin and cuticles become dry, little cracks can form on the skin which can open the door to infection. Added moisture helps to plump the skin, which in turn makes them look more youthful. A moisturizing hand cream that contains Aloe vera, shea butter or olive oil are great choices to keep your skin hydrated, soft and smooth.

Tip: Definitely opt for creams instead of lotions, as they are a bit thicker and richer in texture and tend to be much more hydrating then a lotion.

Sun Protection SPF for Healthy Hands

SPF is a must when it comes to protecting your hands. Even minimal daily exposure to the sun can lead to long-term damage, and potentially skin cancer. Think about all of those little moments in the sun, walking your dog, driving to the market, riding your bike or mowing the lawn. By using a hand cream with at least SPF 30, you can help minimize the potential damage. The key to protecting the skin from the damaging rays of the sun is reapplication during the day. If you have washed or rubbed your hands, chances are you’ve compromised the effectiveness of your hand cream.

Tip: Keep a bottle of SPF-infused hand cream in your handbag and in your car to ensure you always have protection on hand. No pun intended. Yes, just minimal exposure to the sun while driving on a daily basis can negatively impact the appearance of the back of your hands. The same can apply to walking your dog or that bike ride first thing in the morning. Prevention is key.

Anti-aging hand creams are becoming more popular in an attempt to improve the appearance of some of the damage that we already have on the backs of our hands. Besides wrinkles and creases in our skin, we also have to be concerned with age and sun spots. To help improve the look of aging skin, choose hand creams or lotions that contain retinol or alpha hydroxyl acids. These ingredients will exfoliate the skin to help remove dead skin build-up. By revealing the younger skin cells beneath, your skin will definitely look and feel more youthful.

Some Top Tips for Healthy Hands

No matter what kind of hand cream or lotion you are looking for, always check to make sure it contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. And don’t forget to eat antioxidant-enriched foods to nourish the living skin. Citrus fruits are my personal favorite.

  • Keep your favorite hand cream next to your sink, and get in the routine of applying right after you wash your hands.
  • Be sure to massage your cream into your nails and cuticles to keep them hydrated.
  • Invest in travel-sized products and keep them everywhere. At your desk, in your purse, gym bag, nightstand and even in the cup holder in your car.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking will make your skin, including the skin on your hands, look older and more wrinkled. And if that isn’t bad enough, it can also stain your fingers and fingernails.
  • Wash your hands with warm water, not water that is too hot, as the extreme temperature can strip your skin of its healthy oils.
  • Wear gloves when working with your hands to protect them from harsh chemicals, dirt, detergents and anything else that could scratch or puncture your skin. Protection from infection is very important.
  • Apply your favorite hand cream just before bedtime and sleep wearing cotton gloves. You will wake up to softer, smoother hands. Keep your hand cream on your nightstand so you never forget.

If you’re going to go to the trouble of adorning your hands with sparkly jewelry and bright nail polish colors, then it’s important to practice these few little extra steps to keep your hands protected, soft, smooth and more youthful-looking.

Investing in a good hand cream is a great way to keep your hands looking and feeling softer, smoother and more youthful. Healthy hands down!

What to Do About Hormonal Skin Conditions

09 Aug
 Posted by Herbalife Nutrition
As always, cleanse and hydrate.

Whether you’re 20 years old or heading into your 60’s, there are certain hormonal skin changes that all women will experience.

Women and hormones go hand in hand. Throughout the various stages of life, whether it’s puberty, pregnancy or menopause, our bodies experience significant changes due to hormonal fluctuations. These changes in our bodies can bring about many different changes in our skin. Whether we are 20 years old or heading into our 60’s, there are certain hormonal skin changes that we will experience.

For most of us, when we are in our 20’s and 30’s, our skin is pretty healthy. Our collagen and elastin levels are positive and are continuing to produce. We usually don’t have any major wrinkling or discoloration, and our skin maintains a very youthful appearance. But when our hormones start to fluctuate, we begin to experience hormonal skin changes. And I’m not just talking about menopause. What are these changes and what can we do about them?

As we age our skin changes, and some of these changes occur at the hands of our hormones. Hormones, simply put, are chemical messengers that are produced in our ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid glands. And they can affect certain tissues of the body.

Women can chalk up many skin concerns to the effects of hormones, and there are countless manufacturers who market and sell products to women in hopes of countering these hormonal changes. Yes, menopause seems to be the most popular, but these changes can occur well before menopause strikes. Women in their early 20’s can experience the negative effects of hormones in various changes in their skin.

Most Common Hormonal Skin Conditions

Blemishes and Breakouts

Unfortunately, one of the very first hormonal influences on our skin comes in the form of pimples. You may experience just a few small pimples or some major breakouts. In either case, these breakouts seem to appear at just about the same time as your monthly friend. This is probably the biggest skin problem that young women face, because in our 20’s and 30’s the body tends to be in reproduction mode. This is directly related to our hormones. These breakouts will be most prominent on the lower cheeks, chin and along the jawline. But they may also appear on the tops of arms and on your back as well. To help clear up acneic skin, use an OTC anti-acne product. If the problem is serious, see your dermatologist to pinpoint the actual cause and determine the best solution for you.

 Oily Skin

During that certain time of the month when your hormones are going a bit bonkers, you may notice your skin is starting to look and feel greasy. These monthly hormonal changes encourage our oil ducts to produce a lot more oil than we would like. So, with our monthly period also comes excess oil production and buildup on our skin. Is there something you can do to help? Absolutely. Cleanse your skin with a gentle facial cleanser designed for oily skin. Look for one that doesn’t just remove excess oils from the surface, but one that will also help to reduce sebum production as well. And keep some blotting papers on hand to help remove the oil as a quick fix between cleansing.

Itchy, Dry Skin

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you may remember your skin feeling dryer and more uncomfortable than normal. This is very common for most women and also very normal. Your skin is stretching to accommodate your little bundle of joy, and also to allow for some expected weight gain. With that stretching and pulling of the skin sometimes comes a bit of dryness and itchiness. Keep your skin moisturized with a rich, hydrating body lotion. This will keep your skin more flexible and help alleviate the urge to scratch. Apply your body lotion immediately after your bath or shower when your skin is still damp.

Hyperpigmentation

Another hormonal skin condition that seems to go hand in hand with pregnancy is hyperpigmentation, or discoloration of the skin. To be fair, hormones and sun exposure are the main causes of the discoloration, which shows up in our skin in the form of melisma. You may notice the skin on your chest, armpits and certain areas of the face begin to darken during pregnancy. Any birthmarks or existing scars may also begin to darken during this time. Much of this discoloration will fade after the baby is born. But you’ll need to be patient, as it may take some time for your hormones to level out and for your skin to change back to its pre-pregnancy state.

Hyperpigmentation doesn’t only apply to those who are pregnant. Keep in mind that if you’re taking birth control pills, you too may notice some darkening of your skin. Speak to your dermatologist about skin care products that will help to lighten these dark spots by inhibiting melanin production. It’s the melanin that provides pigment to the skin. Some drug products are available to address hyperpigmentation and other skin discolorations. Ask your doctor about the right product or treatment.

All women will experience hormonal skin changes. Nutrition and skin care won’t address changes in hormone levels or the skin conditions they cause.

Eating a nutritious diet, living a healthy, active lifestyle and practicing a daily skin care regimen, are good steps for any woman to take. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.