The skin is the largest organ in the body and often the most overlooked and neglected. With the constant barrage of health and medical advice blaring from nearly every major media outlet, it’s understandable the inclination to turn a deaf ear.  The key to avoiding major skin health problems is diligence in preventive car. There are multiple areas which truly warrant habit forming attention. Follow these recommendations from leading Dermatologists to ensure your skin remains healthy for decades to come.

The skin is composed of over 90% water. As such, it requires constant hydration. Drinking 4-6 glasses of water each day is necessary to replenish your skin’s needed fluid and retain elasticity. Alcoholic beverages and coffee actually dehydrate the skin. Avoid heavy consumption of alcohol and coffee. Sugary sodas don’t serve to hydrate the skin, but the copious amounts of added sugar can actually irritate the skin and cause problems. Add slices of lemons or limes to flavor water in lieu of sugar flavored packets.

The sun’s rays can be severely damaging to the skin. This is the case in both the winter and summer months. Develop a habit of using a high SFP protection each day. Many moisturizers have added SFP. The skin around the eyes requires special attention. Use an SFP lotion specifically designed for the eye area. Liberally apply a full body moisturizer after showering each day. Again, select moisturizers specially designed for the eye area. There are several body wash products on the market that include moisturizers.

Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the caps with visors available at PacSun. Hats with visors and sunglasses should be worn when spending prolonged amounts of time outdoors. There are several manufacturers of clothing lines that have an SFP level of protection in the fabric. These are ideal for protecting the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

Finally, get plenty of sleep. The skin needs extended periods of time to generate and seven to eight hours of sleep nightly is ideal for this process. Make an appointment each year with your dermatologist for a full body skin check. They will be able to identify any skin issues that may be in the early stage of developing into serious health issues. Stop smoking and limit your alcohol intake. Follow these recommendations, enjoy your time outdoors and you can enjoy healthy skin for years to come.