Healthy Skin for the Summer
From the desk of Sarah J. Rogers, LMT and Laura Foresta, RD, LDN... Among many other important and good causes out there, we would like to bring our attention to Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, which is this month. The sun is out there, even though our recent forecasts wouldn't have you believing it, so we want to give you some information and resources to remind you about the importance of taking steps to protect yourself and your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology sites many myths and doubts that we have about our need to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of the sun. Regardless of your skin type, melanoma and other skin damage can effect you. The most preventable risk factor, says the A.A.D., is the exposure your skin gets to the sun. That said, it is necessary to take measures to protect your skin with sunscreen, appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses etc. The preventive maintenance that we provide for our body can make a world of difference not only in preventing skin diseases but also in maintaining strong, healthy skin. Self-screening for changes in your skin can be one of the most important aspects of self care, especially if your exposure to the sun is excessive. Follow this link to the A.A.D. website for some tips on how to examine your skin, what to look for, and what steps to take considering what you find:
If you are concerned or have more questions, find a free skin cancer screening near you: http://www.aad.org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection/free-skin-cancer-screenings
As we all know, healthy skin is not just about what happens to our skin because of our exposure to the sun. Healthy skin has, also, to do a great deal with our health habits including sleep, diet and exercise. Providing yourself with a balance between these important features of self-care is ideal for healthy skin. Skin provides us with protection from disease, helps to regulate our body's temperature, helps protect us from the sun, and helps inform our sense of touch, allowing us to recognize the sensations of heat, cold, etc. Diet is one of the most controllable ways to treat ourselves well and we would love to provide you with some straight-forward ideas to focus on for a diet that will provide well for your skin. Generally, a diet high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, minerals, antioxidants and other photonutrients is the most ideal diet for our integumentary system inside and out.
The following links have more information on food and skincare:
Dr. Andrew Weil: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02033/natural-skin-care.html
American Institute for Cancer Research: http://www.aicr.org/site/PageServer?pagename=foodsthatfightcancer_home
Finally, all this talk about food and we don't want to forget to mention WATER! The Mayo Clinic suggests drinking 8-8 ounce cups of water a day. We encourage you to take care of your skin from the inside out. Consider diet and health regimens that support your skin and they will, inevitably, support your entire body by keeping it active, nourished and hydrated.
Keep your eyes out for OMBE's new Eco-Friendly Beauty Bar. We will proudly be providing local, organic, eco-friendly skin and health products at OMBE as well as online. We will certainly keep you posted and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and feedback.
Here's to healthy skin!
~Your friends at OMBE
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