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Smooth it over
Tips on keeping your skin soft and healthy



1. Hydrate from Within: "The human body is comprised of roughly 65 percent water. To maintain health, our bodies require a lot of water. The skin is the bodyís largest organ and is an external indicator of internal health. Keeping your body thoroughly hydrated will reflect through your skin," says Delmore. "We should drink half our weight in ounces of water a day," Leon says.

2. Maintain a Good Diet: "Eat a diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables to help keep your skin healthy. Vitamins A, C and E are antioxidants that will help maintain your skin. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that contribute to cell damage," says Delmore. And donít skip the healthy fat. "Fat coming from avocado, olive oil and fish will contribute to healthy skin. Bodies need fat to stay healthy, and so does your skin. Healthy fats will help keep your skin supple and moisturized as you age. Oil production in the skin decreases as we age and our hormone levels shift and decline," Delmore says.

3. Get Moving: "Incorporating exercise into your daily routine will not only benefit your health, but your skin as well. Cardiovascular exercise will increase your heart rate, which will improve your circulation. Keeping your blood flowing properly will keep the healthy glow in your skin and help your body filter out toxins," says Delmore.

4. Exfoliate: "The skin cells turn over on a 28-day cycle. We should exfoliate nightly to help the cells turn over and prevent them from building up on the skin. A build-up of dead skin cells can lead to a dry, dull complexion," Leon says.

5. Lather Up: "Itís important to apply moisturizer in the morning and night to help hydrate the skin," Leon says.

6. Put Your Mask On: "Treat yourself to a little TLC and use a hydrating mask to provide deeper moisture. Osea has a white algae mask that you can put on for 15 minutes or sleep with a thin layer on. It makes skin look amazing and is also great for rosacea and sensitive skin," Leon says.

Dry skin isnít a cold-weather only affliction. Jhousy Leon, owner of Blush, and Erin Delmore of The Institute of Beauty and Wellness, say proper diet, exercise, hydrating and moisturizing are key factors to keeping your skin healthy during the warmer months, too.