Updated: December 29, 2012 6:11AM
During National Healthy Skin Month in November, the DuPage County Health Department encourages residents to learn about the functions of skin and how to keep it healthy.
Here are some tips to keep your skin fresh, hydrated and healthy, especially during the dry months of winter that are just ahead:
Wear sunscreen: Sunscreen needs to be applied year round, not just during the summer months. While the sun’s rays are more powerful in summer, they can still be damaging even in the cloudy, cool conditions of winter. A heavy sunscreen might not be necessary, so apply a moisturizer with sun protection.
Eat a healthy diet: What we put in our mouths is just as influential to our skin’s health as what we apply externally. Eating a diet that’s rich in Omega-3s, whole grains and B vitamins is essential to maintaining skin’s youthful glow. Be sure to incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins in your diet.
Don’t forget your lips: Your lips need just as much protection as the rest of your skin, especially since they can get a lot of exposure to the sun. Carry lip balm with sun protection with you and apply it generously, particularly in the dry winter months when lips can become chapped and soar.
Keep your cool: Stress is a huge contributor to skin problems like acne and wrinkles. Making time to relax during your hectic days can greatly improve the condition of your skin.
Moisturize: Your skin needs to stay hydrated to stay healthy. Apply moisturizer to your whole body every morning and at night before going to bed. Keep moisturizer near you during the day so you can continue to moisturize your hands.
Courtesy of the DuPage County Health Department