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Age is what we make and our feelings about growing old is how we feel on the inside, but not outside. Whether you are scared of aging or welcome it smilingly, there are many ways to keep your body healthy and your spirit feeling young. Here are 9 mistakes you might be making that are the culprits in making you age more quickly.
Work out a routine that involves skincare, diet, and exercise. Follow these six steps to take off years from your face. And deceive the world!
Teach your child to apply sunscreen, It makes them feel responsible and in charge of themselves. Introduce them to the joy of homemade popsicles (free from added sugar!), seasonal fruits and veggies that can replace the unhealthy foods. Encourage them to take regular water breaks (ideally, every half an hour) to avoid dehydration. Cultivate a healthy sleep routine.
For a long time, sunscreen was touted as the miracle cream that protected the skin from cancer and other effects of overexposure to UV rays. A savior for those who loved to spend long hours in the sun! But now it looks like the sunscreen may be causing a few burns of its own, especially among men.
UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB rays, causing even more harm. Use sunscreens containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that block both types of rays. Don long-sleeved clothes, sunglasses, and hats for extra protection. Eat antioxidant-rich fruits to neutralize cancer-causing free radicals. Avoid sunscreens containing parabens, oxybenzone, retinyl palmitate, and artificial fragrance.
Most of us can’t even think of stepping out without slapping on a generous layer of sunscreen. While preventing skin cancer, sunscreens also lower your skin's Vit D production by a whopping 98%. Expose yourself to direct sunlight for 20-30 min daily. Alternatively, smother coconut, peppermint or olive oil on your skin for a natural sunblock. An aloe vera moisturizer can repair any sun damage.
Alkylphenols used in most sunscreens have been linked to idiopathic male infertility. UV filters may cause calcium ion influx into sperms causing vitiated sperm motility. Parabens interfere with estrogen, precluding the normal development of testes. Instead use paraben and fragrance-free organic sunblocks. Also, exploit the remarkable de-tanning effects of natural black tea.
Mica, lead, phthalates, parabens, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are toxic chemicals found in everyday cosmetic products. They may cause headaches, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, hormonal disruption, and cancer. Prolonged usage can affect cognition and behavior. Follow application instructions, use fragrance-free products, maintain hygiene, and do not overdo it.
“Easy breezy and protected” should be your mantra. Opt for semi-covered sandals that don't flap. Drape yourself in lightweight knee-length summer dresses. Shield yourself from the harsh sun with a good sunblock. Keep off junk food and eat healthy. Don't use perfumes, it isn't pleasant mixed with sweat. Apply silicone-based products and creamy foundations for makeup.
Is slapping on sunscreen a slap in the face? Common sunscreen elements (octyl salicyclate, oxybenzone, parabens, etc.) are linked to oxidative stress, allergic reactions, hormonal disruption, cellular toxicity, and cancer. Obtain your daily dose of vitamin D3 by sheathing your skin with a layer of a zinc oxide-based suncreen. Oxybenzone sun-blocks is a complete no-no. Allow 20 min of direct sun exposure.
Use wrinkle creams that work on the neck and chest. Use products as per your specific skin type. Do not over apply creams as they can clog pores. Use makeup remover instead of cleansing wipes. Apply sunscreen even in non-summer months. Apply products in the right sequence with products with thinner consistency applied before creamier ones.
Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer can be seeded in childhood as kids spend a lot of time outdoors under the harsh sun, playing games or swimming. Minimize sun damage by applying a sunscreen of SPF 30 to exposed body. Reapply every 2-3 hrs and wear dark, dense clothing. Follow this for 2 weeks so that kids make it a habit.
Some causes of skin cancer are not applying enough sunscreen. Buy sunscreens with broad spectrum and avoid too much sun. In case your sunscreen gets washed off, make it a point to re-apply. Ensure that your sunscreens also offer UVA protection. Completely avoid indoor tanning beds and go for tanning solutions instead to minimize or avoid risk of skin cancer.
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