ALWAYS DRINK PLENTY OF WATER EVERY DAY!
Protecting Your SkinAccording to the Academy of Determotolgy, keep in mind these five keys when applying sunscreen.
- Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage
- Apply sunscreen generously, 15 minutes before going outdoors.
- Use enough sunscreen. It takes approximately a palm full to cover all of your exposed skin.
- Apply sunscreen to all bare skin, do not forget neck, face, ears, top of your feet and legs. Wear a hat to protect your scalp. Use a lip balm for your lips.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to remain protected, or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.
Besides wearing proper sunscreen, there are a few items from the kitchen which can help preserve our bodies’ biggest organ – our skin.
10 Foods Your Skin Will LoveAvocados – full of healthy fat to strengthen skin cell membranes to lock in moisture Beets – betaine-rich beets support healthy liver function, which contributes to glowing skin Berries – Anthocyanins in the skin of berries – such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries – strengthen skin elasticity and offer a potent serving of antioxidants. Cinnamon – this anti-inflammatory spice helps moderate the wrinkle producing blood sugar spike caused by sweet foods Greens – kale, spinach, arugula, dandelion – a variety of leafy greens have vitamins A and C that help heal skin and support collagen production. Lemon – this detoxifying citrus fruit helps cleanse and balance the body’s pH, while also nourishing it with vitamin C. Pineapple – rich in vitamin C and B6, it has long been known for its natural antibacterial uses; however, it also reduces acne, promotes an even skin tone, fights aging and reduces skin damage. Sweet Potatoes – packed with beta-carotene, they help repair and smooth your complexion.
Water for our bodiesOf course, the best and most simple kitchen item which is good for your skin is WATER! When we are born, approximately 75% of our body is made up of water, hence why babies have such smooth, soft skin. At one-year-old, that amount has already dropped to 65%. As we get older and our bodies change, our body fat composition changes as well. Body fat contains approximately 10 percent water, while muscle is approximately 75 percent water. Ideally, men should have a total body water percentage between 50 and 65 percent, while the ideal range for women is between 45 and 60 percent. There are many different opinions on how much water we should be drinking every day. I try to consume at least 48 – 60 ounces of water every day. A body fat/water scale is the only way of determining your total body water percentage. You can buy one here! Bluetooth Smart Body Fat Scale by Weight Gurus, Secure Connected Solution for your Data, including BMI, Body Fat, Muscle Mass, Water Weight, and Bone Mass, Large Backlit Display I have a 20 ounce, insulated cup which keeps my water cool. I try to fill it at least 4-5 times a day – sometimes more, but some days it is less.
How much water do you drink every day?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
- 2 peeled, pit removed avocados - only use meat of fruit
- 1/2 cup plain, low-fat Greek Yogurt
- 1 small chopped shallot
- 1 chopped banana pepper
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- splash of lemon juice
- 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, you can use the stems too
- 1/2 t. coarse salt
- Place all ingredients into your food processor. Pulse till smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. Serve with one of these more healthy tortilla chips:
- Tostitos Simply Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips
- Bearitos Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (made with organic blue corn)
- Green Mountain Gringo White Corn Tortilla Strips
What do YOUR plan to do this summer to protect your most vital organ – your skin?
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