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Let’s talk skin. Throughout your life, you’ve been told to wear hats, put on sunscreen, stay in the shade, and lotion up. At a young age, you probably thought that skin cancer, wrinkles, or age spots would never happen to you. But now, you start to notice those little wrinkles next to your eyes and a few dark spots. Although skin care is something you should practice from a young age, it is never too late to start caring for your skin. Here are a few tips to help you keep your skin looking and feeling healthy:

Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Healthy

The key to taking care of your skin is to keep yourself healthy from the inside out. While water is essential for hydrating your skin and flushing out toxins, it also helps your skin to keep its elasticity and prevent wrinkles. Drink plenty of water and eat low sodium meals, to help hydrate your skin and fuel your body.

Use a Humidifier

Wintertime can be a difficult season for skin health. The cold, dry air makes skin prone to dryness and cracking. One way to battle this is to use a humidifier. Humidifiers add much-needed moisture to the air and help your skin stay hydrated and healthy.

Moisturize Daily

As you age, your skin becomes thinner and begins to dry out. This process can lead to wrinkles and fine lines, which will age your skin. Face lotions help lock in moisture, keep your skin feeling supple, and help retain elasticity.

No Smoking

Tobacco smoke contains toxins that can show up in the skin on your face and body. The toxins can cause premature wrinkling, leathery skin, dryness, and a dull complexion. There are many resources and products that can help you to quit smoking including nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and detox tea.

Wear Sunscreen

Too much sun exposure without protection is probably one of the quickest ways to hurt your skin. UV radiation exposure can not only cause wrinkles and dark spots, but it puts you at risk for skin cancer. To counteract sun exposure, apply sunscreen or lotion with sunscreen in it as often as possible, especially when you know you’ll be exposed to sunlight. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a hat when working in the yard, or if you’re outside for a long period of time.

(related article: Saving Your Skin from the Summer Sun)

Check Your Skin

Skin care may seem a small, trivial matter, but if neglected, it can affect your health dramatically and possibly lead to skin cancer. Over the past three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Check your skin once a month for moles or dark spots that may be cancerous. To check your skin for cancer, it’s essential you know your ABCs:

Asymmetry- If you can draw a line down the mole/dark spot and both sides are not symmetrical, it is a warning sign for skin cancer.

Border- The borders of a malignant mole are uneven and undefined.

Color- If a mole has multiple colors ranging from brown to black, it is a warning sign that it may be malignant.

Diameter- A cancerous mole is usually large in diameter (larger than a pencil eraser) and will continue to grow.

Evolving- Watch for any changes in size, color, or shape.

Skin care is an important part of your overall health. Don’t overlook caring for your skin or getting regular check-ups with your dermatologist. Doing so and remembering these few tips can go a long way to maintaining the health of your skin throughout your entire life.