Live Well This Summer

It’s hot. It’s summer. It’s vacation time. 

While summer is the time of year many of us look forward to, it also represents a time of lax schedules and indulgences. Parents ease up on their childrens’ snack portions and give a little slack on bedtime and hygiene routines. Even adults tend to flippantly skip their regimented beauty and hygiene routines in exchange for some extra lounge time.

Though relax and rest are crucial, hygiene and wellness are vital.

Take some time to adjust your schedule back to normal for the sake of healthy mouths, bodies and minds. Then get back to your R&R, of course.

Oral Hygiene

Maybe skipping out on brushing once or twice is okay, especially while on vacation … right? Wrong. The longer you go without brushing, the more opportunity bacteria (from food particles and other germs) have to get to work on destroying enamel and accelerating decay. If you absolutely have to go without brushing for a night, be sure to (at minimum) swish with mouthwash or use your finger and some toothpaste to remove bacteria. There is no alternative for a tooth brush, and rinsing and other methods simply do not effecitvely replace a brushing and flossing routine.

Flossing is often (if not completely) neglected, especially during summer chaos. Flossing is essential in preventing gum disease and reducing probability of tooth decay.

Skincare

Your running around town trying to make summer plans and forget sunscreen. You make your fifth trip to the drugstore and stare blankly at the wall of suncare products.

Which poses the question: how do we know which sunscreen is the best for our skin types? Should it be water-resistant? UVA or UVB?

WebMD clears up the confusion with some distinction between key ingredients and optimal spectrum coverage. 

Nu Skin’s ageLOC

What better way to refresh sunburnt, dry and weathered skin on the face than an at-home, spa-quality facial treatment?

Nu Skin’s ageLOC Galvanic Spa anti-aging facial device uses treatment delivery system iontophoresis to effectively open pores and banish excess oils and dirt, ultimately tightening and lifting the skin. The system is available at Atlanta Dental Spa’s Buckhead location. 

Nutrition

Summer lends itself to quick fixes, a.k.a. fast food and convenience snacks. Indulgence is a balanced-life necessity, but allowing too many “weekend” meals to slip into our regular diets can lead to health issues. Try working some simple, wholesome recipes into your summer cuisine – dishes created, tasted and enjoyed by real people. A few of our favorites this summer:

Eat, Live, Run

Oh She Glows

Peanut Butter Fingers 

Watermelon Feta Arugula Salad

Whether picking up a new roll of floss on your next shopping trip, using the right type of sunscreen or trimming the fat at your next barbecue, get on your way to your healthiest glow an effective balance between living for the summer and living well.