The skin is our largest organ and we tend to be pretty hard on it. Its job is to protect us from environmental aggressors while also regulating our heat sensations. Skin is also responsible for physical sensation- our sense of touch. These days we’re all becoming more knowledgeable about what we should be doing to protect and nourish our skin, but what about the no-nos? Let’s review those…
Q: What are some of the absolute worst things I can do to my skin?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
Skin is the body’s largest organ, and we tend to be pretty tough on it. Its job is to protect us from environmental aggressors while regulating our heat sensations. Skin is also responsible for physical sensation—your sense of touch. It’s so very important to treat skin with TLC and to do what you can to best care for it. You already know the basics: cleanse, moisturize and protect! But what about the “no nos”? Let’s review those.
In honor of the Great American Smokeout (November 17), here are six tips to help you finally kick that smoking habit:
1. Set small, realistic goals. The key to sticking with your plan to quit is to establish several small (and easily manageable) milestones along the way – such as cutting back by 25% or not smoking while driving. Once you’ve accomplished each individual goal, reward yourself!
2. Ask for encouragement. Quitting is no easy task – so don’t go at it alone! Ask for encouragement from friends, family members and co-workers, who can keep you motivated and provide support when you slip up.
3. Talk to your doctor. In addition to your friends, you should also tell your doctor, who may be able to offer additional support, especially if you are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal.
4. De-stress your life. Don’t let stress influence your motivation to quit. Remember to take time for yourself, and engage in relaxing activities, such as listening to music, practicing yoga or getting a massage.
5. Start a new hobby or activity. Keep your mind off cravings and withdrawals by picking up a new, healthy habit! Join a gym or recreational sports league, take walks with a friend or learn a new skill, such as knitting or painting.
6. Don’t give up! The old adage rings true: if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Although many people will fail the first (or second, or third) time they try to quit smoking, don’t be discouraged. You are capable of kicking the habit, and you will be successful!
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