I am pretty sure we all are excited for Spring Break. I am also pretty sure that most of us are planning on tanning and getting more color because ugh, we all hate being pale. Well, although this sounds nice and chill it’s important to remember, especially right before vacations, the danger that there is when tanning excessively.
Media, models, and many other means of advertisement tell us, or at least portray, that being tan is what’s “in”. Yes, of course we all want that however, our health is at risk too. Excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause:
- Skin burns
- Premature skin aging
- Eye damage
- Skin cancer
Although we are al dying for that “perfect” color, it is important to remember the risks that are on play. Thinks about this, is waking up early to lie down in the beach with out sunscreen worth it? Remember the risks and then answer the question. I am not saying that you should not tan; I am trying to tell you to not tan excessively and how risky it is if you do so. Yes, of course you can tan and get some color but trying doing it the best way possible. For example, use sunscreen and on top of it, wear tanning lotion. Also, you can lie down in the beach/pool for only a certain amount of time in order to avoid excessive UV rays.
Another important point that I wanted to touch in this point is the following: though the media may promote tanning, remember to be comfortable in your own skin. I sometimes have trouble accepting the fact that I am so pale, at least that’s what I think, and try to do something about it. Sometimes I wonder if I should simply go to a beach and tan the whole day or simply spray tan. Then, a really close friend of mine told how I should not be thinking and trying to figure out how to “fix” this “trouble” that I believed I had and rather enjoy it and make the best of it. In other words, feel comfortable in your own skin. Love your color, whatever it is, and try not to be influenced by media and what’s “in” because your health is so much worth it.
Enjoy this next two weeks of work because Spring Break is on it’s way!
Ever since I was little, my mom always used to tell me how taking care of my skin was really important. I really never understood why it was so important after she told me how the skin not only protected us from the heat and the cold but it keeps you looking good. If you treat it well, you will look good and you will feel good. This is why we should always nurture and take very good care of our biggest organ in the body! Yes, skin is the largest organ in the body, isn’t that a cool fact!
So many factors contribute to having a good, healthy skin. One of the most important things to note is that having a healthy skin not only means treating it well with creams and exfoliants, but there are also some things to avoid. The sun is a huge NO NO for your skin. Even though it provides some vitamins for the skin, excessive exposure to the sun damages you in so many ways. So to protects yourself from all of the harmful UV rays from the sun, be sure to never leave your home without SPF 15 or 30 daily.
Trust me, it sounds like a burden but as my grandmother tells me: If someone had told me that wearing sunblock everyday would actually bring benefits to my skin at this age, I would’ve totally done it. Some other good things that you can do to your skin are:
- Have a healthy diet. Healthy food contributes to having a healthy glow!
- Wash your face twice a day with warm water.
- Do NOT pop pimples. It is tempting, I know, but because we are no experts, popping pimples by ourselves can actually result in more redness and scarring.
- Remove your make-up before you go to sleep!
- Put a night cream or lotion that will moisturize your skin overnight.
- Keep your hair clean and out of your face. This will prevent additional oil from clogging your pores.
- Avoid touching your face with your fingers because it can spread bacteria that causes pores to become irritated.
- Apply face masks once or twice a week!
- Here are some more tips..
Because skin is super sensitive and important, make sure to follow all of the previously stated. With this weather, the skin can get really dry and more sensible than ever! Trust me, you will feel 10 times better following all of these and you will feel so good too! Remember, if you feel good in the inside you will look better! Having a healthy skin makes you feel better so go for it and try all of these tips!
“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”
Dr. Georgiana Donadio