Keep your skin happy and healthy this summer

Being outdoors is by far one of the best parts of summer time, however it doesn’t come without risk, especially when it comes to skin health. Taking a few simple steps to care for your skin is always important and especially so during the long days of summer.

1. Wear Sunscreen. Whether the skies are sunny or overcast, everyone should wear sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and that protects against ultraviolet light and UVB rays, the sun’s most damaging forms. Apply the sunscreen 20 minutes before heading out the door to ensure it’s absorbed into the skin. If you’re planning to be outdoors two hours or longer, bring a small travel size sunscreen to reapply. Besides protecting your skin from sunburn, wearing sunscreen regularly reduces skin aging.

2. Dress for the Sun.  Certain technical fabrics are designed and labeled as “sun protective.” Also, even though lighter-colored fabric might feel cooler, darker fabrics shield more ultraviolet rays.

3. Cover Vulnerable Spots.  The most vulnerable body parts to the sun’s rays are the ears, lips, shoulders, and top of the head. These areas have a higher incidence of skin cancer. To avoid extra damage and sunburn, apply sunscreen liberally to these areas. Also, try wearing a hat or visor to block the sun. Besides protecting your skin, the hat will keep your head cool on hot summer runs.

4. Eat Vitamin D.  Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin,” has many important functions, including promoting bone health. But it’s better to eat it than to absorb it. Vitamin D can be found in fish, oysters, tofu and soy milk, fortified dairy products, eggs, and other foods.

5.  Stay Hydrated, Use George’s Cream.  Be sure to stay hydrated.  Hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and using George’s Cream moisturizers daily.

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Tips to nourish your dry skin this winter

While we can escape freezing temperatures by hibernating with hot cocoa and a pile of magazines, it’s nearly impossible to hide our skin from the harsh, dry weather. The overall lack of humidity in the air pulls moisture out of the skin quicker very quickly.  In order to remedy this, we’ve gathered some pampering tips for your skin that will leave you feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the spa. Well, almost.

1.Turn it down a notch

If you’re like us, then you love long hot, heavenly showers when the temperatures are less than ideal outside. Although it feels great, the steamy water opens your pores and dehydrates the skin, making this whole dry skin situation much worse. Trade those lengthy showers for shorter ones with warm water. When you get out, pat (don’t rub!) your skin dry and apply lotion when your skin is still slightly damp, which will help to lock in moisture.

2. Choose the right products

For the body:  Many soaps can be very drying because they strip the skin of natural oils. Stick to creamy moisturizing formulas.  As for lotion, use products that have antioxidants and plant-based oils, which will nourish and protect the skin. We recommend a rich body lotion or moisturizing cream like George’s Cream which has shea butter, macadamia seed oil, honey, and vitamin E.

For the face and neck:  Make sure you’re using a gentle, hydrating facial cleanser. A harsh formula may work for your skin during the summer months, but you need a mild one in the winter so that it won’t dry or irritate your skin.  Use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, which will help lock-in your skin’s natural moisture and restore lipids.

3. Polish and brighten

Exfoliation is key. It keeps your skin smooth, which helps products to really sink in and work better. It’s normal for skin to regenerate by shedding old, dead skin cells, but sometimes it needs a little help in this department. If dead skin cells aren’t sloughed off, then thick, dry skin can form. Prevent this from happening by exfoliating once or twice a week, but be gentle! Too much exfoliation can aggravate your skin and can make the situation worse. For your body, pick up a pair of exfoliating gloves, which can be used with your body wash, and get to work! It’s literally the greatest thing ever.

4. Treat yourself

Applying a hydrating mask once or twice a week which will work wonders in the skin-repairing department. Or, channel your inner Martha Stewart and make your own.  For super soft and hydrated skin, just combine 1/2 ripe avocado, one teaspoon of plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. (You can also use this on your hair)

5. Don’t forget the lips

A simple lip balm with spf will work wonders, ensure you apply it daily.

6. Up the ante

Make sure you’re drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water a day. We’re told this all the time because it’s good for overall health, but staying hydrated packs a huge punch in the form of skincare benefits. Also, incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet will help enable your skin to retain it’s own moisture. Eat a lot of salmon or take the easy route by taking a fish oil supplement daily. Unless you happen to really enjoy salmon, in which case, be our guest.

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Helpful Skin Care Tips for Healthy Skin

Your skin is constantly being exposed to external factors such as sun, extreme weather conditions and pollution, all of which can potentially cause damage.  Additionally, we should also be paying attention to internal factors. It’s no secret that the food we eat has a direct impact on our health and wellbeing, so much so that certain foods can actually improve the appearance of your skin! Further proof that a healthy skin care routine should start with what we put into our bodies.Achieving your perfect complexion begins with eating well. Eat antioxidant rich foods. When the cells in your body use oxygen, they create a by-product called free radicals. It’s free radicals that can cause the skin to wrinkle, sag and age. Free radicals happen to be linked to diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Antioxidants work to fight free radicals and reduce the damage they can do to your health.  Supplements are okay, however they are easily found in some of your favourite fruits and vegetables. Foods such as blueberries, salmon and leafy greens are often called “superfoods” because of their high amounts of antioxidants and great health benefits. Next time you’re cooking, be sure to include a wide variety for a meal that is not only delicious, but helps you look your best as well.

Some other antioxidant rich foods are:

Citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli and dark leafy greens such as kale- These foods contain high levels of Vitamin C, which helps prevent wrinkles and dry skin.

Avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil- Each provides Vitamin E to help keep skin hydrated.

Sweet potatoes, carrots and squash- All have beta-carotene to help improve acne, wrinkles and skin dullness.

Tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon- The antioxidant Lycopene, which helps prevent sunburn, can be found in these foods.

Remember to always stay Hydrated- Drinking plenty of water is also vital to maintaining healthy skin. Drinking water throughout the day helps skin retain moisture and prevents it from drying out. If water isn’t your beverage of choice, try adding in frozen slices of your favourite fruit. They will act as ice cubes, keeping your drink cold, and as they melt the juice will naturally flavour your water.

Just as there are foods that can help, there are foods that can harm your skin. Bad eating habits can result in skin problems such as acne, bloating and oil build-up.

Foods to be mindful of are:

Sweets- Cakes, cookies, candy, soda and other foods high in sugar can cause skin to look dull and blemished. If you have a sweet tooth, try substituting in naturally sweet fruits, which incidentally may contain antioxidants.

Fried Food- Grease and fat can cause excess oil build that leads to unhealthy looking skin and blemishes. Try to limit the amount of fast food and chips you consume.

Salty Food- An excess of salt in the body can cause bloating, which can lead to tired and puffy looking skin. To avoid this, monitor the salt content of food and stay within the recommended daily percentage set by Health Canada.

Healthy skin inside and outLastly, moisturize daily with George’s Cream, offering two specialty skin care products (George’s Special Dry Skin Cream and George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion) created to relieve the dry skin problems and a number of chronic skin conditions as well as tips for healthy skin inside and out.

While a healthy diet works to build skin from the inside out, your skin still needs additional help. External forces, such as sun and the weather, work against your skin, damaging its natural moisture and appearance. George’s Cream Special Cream and Moisturizing Lotion, when used daily, can restore this moisture while gently soothing dry sensitive skin.

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be as simple as moisturizing daily, drinking water and eating right. Load up on your favorite fruits and vegetables and watch your skin improve!

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