Our skin is our body’s largest organ, our first presentation to the world. We all want beautiful skin, but to obtain beautiful skin, we must first achieve healthy skin.
We spoke with Christopher Busapavanij, Dermatology Physician Assistant, and asked for his top eight tips in achieving healthy skin:
- Use sunscreen when out in the sun for prolonged periods of time. Broad spectrum (coverage for both UVA and UVB types of sunlight) with SPF 30-50 applied every 3-4 hours is ideal. Avoid the sun between 10 am and 2 pm if possible as this is when the sun’s rays are strongest and most damaging. We recommend Block Island Organics – Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.
- Moisturize the skin daily. The skin is your body’s first line of defense against infection and the largest single organ of the body, so it is important to maintain and keep healthy. Keeping the skin hydrated will keep the integrity of the skin intact and be more resistant cracking and infection. We recommend Confidence or Butter Me Up Body and Face Butters.
- Quit smoking. Among countless other negatives, smoking leads to premature wrinkling of the skin and may make you look older than you really are.
- Shorter showers. Although it may feel good to take a long hot relaxing shower, extended hot water exposure will strip away moisture from the skin, which can lead to dry, cracked, itchy skin especially during winter. 10 minutes or less is ideal. We recommend using handmade soap to avoid harsh chemicals when washing.
- A humidifier at home during winter will help maintain humidity, which will help prevent dryness of the skin, especially for infants and children. 45%-60% is most comfortable.
- Drink plenty of water. It will help keep your skin hydrated, plus it has zero calories!
- Exfoliate 2-3 times per week. Exfoliating the skin helps regenerate new skin cells, eliminate dead skin, and dissolve dirt. We recommend Face the Day for facial exfoliation, and Salt it Off for body exfoliation.
- Start taking care of your skin as soon as possible. The damage caused by the sun when we are teenagers and young adults do not start to show until we are in our late 30’s and 40’s. The best treatment is prevention.