Proper care protects your skin, experts say

No matter what your age, protecting your skin from sun damage will keep it healthier and better-looking.
Whether young or not-so-young, and even if you already have wrinkles, exposure to the sun will cause damage, or further damage, and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

  • Doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher at least once a day to areas that are exposed to sunlight.
  • Wear clothing to block sunlight and wear a broad-brimmed hat whenever you can. Try to avoid being in the sun from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and try to stay in the shade when you are outside for more than a few minutes.
  • Bathe with warm water, not hot water, which can deplete natural oils from your skin. Use a mild, fatted or glycerin soap and only use soap on your face, underarms, genital area, hands and feet.
  • Moisturize. After a bath, pat your skin dry and immediately apply a moisturizing lotion to trap moisture in your skin. For very dry skin, a product in which petrolatum is one of the top three ingredients is advised. Products containing glycerin, lactic acid or urea provide an extra boost.
  • Drink enough water. Being well hydrated moisturizes your skin from the inside out.
  • Skin cancer update

In spite of all advice about prevention of skin cancer, about 1 million cases are diagnosed annually. Of those, the American Cancer Society projects 60,000 cases of melanoma this year, which will cause 8,100 deaths.
Dermatologists are seeing more melanoma among women 20 to 29 years old who used tanning beds.

You can lose weight without going hungry

Breakfast -You can lose weight without going hungryHere’s how to do it
To achieve a healthy weight, and maintain it for the rest of your life, don’t think about losing weight fast. Do it slowly and steadily.
You won’t have to make intricate calculations about how many calories you should eat, then write down the value of every morsel you consume. And you won’t have to buy a diet book that calls for recipe ingredients you’ve never heard of.
Instead, reduce calories by making better food and drink choices.
Drinks: Rather than drinking a latte with 500 calories, have a cup of black coffee. Instead of drinking sugary soda pop, choose diet pop or water.
Planning: Plan your meals and snacks for a week. Make a shopping list that includes low-fat meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, fruits and whole grain bread.
Snacks: If you want to snack on chips, nuts, crackers or candy, put the amount you intend to eat in a bowl. Stash the bag away so you won’t eat more without thinking about it.
Prepare foods wisely: Broil or bake your chicken, fish and red meats. Frying adds calories. Battering and deep frying can double the number of calories.
Skip the butter when you make mashed potatoes. You won’t notice it’s missing after you add low-fat gravy.
Salads: Use fat-free or low-fat salad dressing. Two tablespoons of blue cheese dressing have 150 calories. You might use three or four tablespoons, depending on the size of the salad.
When to eat: At three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an evening snack. Studies show that people who eat breakfast will eat less the rest of the day. Include protein, like cheese or an egg, fruit, and whole grain bread. Drink a glass of water before each meal.
How much to eat: At home and at restaurants, eat a reasonable portion of food. Relax and take your time. If you eat fast, you’ll eat more.
You may not want to do all of these things, but doing some of them will result in weight loss.