I was sitting at my desk thinking of a subject for my next newsletter article when my 11-year-old niece, Bayleigh, came to visit me. She said,” Aunt Susie, what are you doing?” “I’m thinking about what I should write for the next newsletter," I replied. With excitement in her voice and her eyes shining like Christmas lights, she said, “I know what you can write about. Write about your skin!” I pondered her idea and because she was so excited about her suggestion, I asked if she wanted to help. She sat down and began writing.
When she finished, Bayleigh brought me her article. I began reading about skin care through Bayleigh's eyes.The punctuation and grammar may not be correct, but her article is spot on. It is with great pride and admiration that I am submitting her article for your enlightenment.
“If you have dry skin in the winter and summer, you need to take care of it because the harsh and hot weather will do that to you. You need to stop using a heater in the winter and put a lot of lotion on your dry skin. You got the dry skin by either washing your hands too much, heat like fireplaces, hot baths and showers and from harsh soap and detergents. Dry skin is likely to cause a feeling of skin tightness, itching and redness, but usually dry skin is not serious but it can be uncomfortable and it creates wrinkles. You can improve your skin a lot on your own with safe moisturizers and avoiding harsh soaps.”
Wow! Such knowledge from an 11-year-old girl. I began to wonder, if Bayleigh understands the importance of caring for our skin, why is it so difficult for adults to understand?
Building on what Bayleigh mentioned in her article, here are a few additional tips from me:
- When out in the sun, whether you’re working, gardening, taking a long stroll, or playing with your children, wear a hat. Choose a hat that shades your neck and ears as well as your face.
- For those who enjoy tanning beds, please remember you are harming yourself by putting yourself at risk for burns and cancer.
- Remember to drink plenty of water. This helps your skin stay hydrated.
- Apply sunscreen regularly.
- Apply lip balm to avoid dry and cracked lips.
- Eat snacks such as watermelon, cucumber, bell peppers, and tomatoes which can hydrate your skin, fight wrinkles, and strengthen hair and nails.
Keeping our skin healthy can save us from infections, pain, scarring, cancer, self-consciousness, and increased medical expenses.
I hope you all enjoyed this wisdom from a child.
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Health and Wellness Director