For the past year, health care reform has been an ongoing hot news item. But with the hot summer sun now beginning to heat things up in a more physical way, perhaps it is time to start a more personal "health care reform" by taking the best possible care of your skin.

 

Exfoliate

 

For clearer smoother skin, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and improve your skin’s ability to utilize moisturizing hydration. An exfoliating body scrub can tone your skin affording it a natural glow.

 

Hydrate

 

Hydration is important for all parts of your body, so start by consuming eight glasses of water every day, especially in the high heat of summer. Insufficient internal hydration can result in light-headedness, dizziness, and headaches. And caffeine drinks actually increase your need for additional hydration. Filtered water is still the best drink you can consume for a healthy body.

 

But your skin will also need its own specific hydration if you spend time in the heat of the sun. Use specific skin masques and moisturizers to protect your skin’s sensitive moisture balance.

 

Sunscreen

 

Whatever you do, don’t forget the sunscreen. Use one with an SPF factor of 15 or more, and reapply it to all exposed areas every two hours when in the sun, or after swimming, perspiring, or toweling off your skin.

 

Repair damage

 

When your precautions are not quite enough and that sunburn happens, it is time to repair and limit the damaging effects. There are a wide variety of soothing gels and botanicals to choose from. Find your own favorites and have them on hand all summer long.

 

Skin that has suffered over-exposure to U-V light ages much faster and has a significantly increased risk for skin cancer. But the cancer risk is reduced even after you are burned, if you can reduce or eliminate blistering. Cooling gels and moisturizers can help with this.

 

Limit exposure

 

The best insurance against sunburn and over-exposure is ongoing protection while in the sun and limiting your total exposure to the sun’s damaging U-V rays. Try to limit time in the sun during the most dangerous hours between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Stake a spot in the shade for a while to give your skin a rest. And wear protective clothing and sunscreen when you are in the sun.

 

For questions on health insurance solutions, contact HR Solutions in Lakewood, California, serving satisfied customers in 20 states.

 

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