Skin care is a very important subject for everyone. Keeping your skin healthy means regularly checking for abnormalities, and knowing your skin type.
What’s the largest organ found in the human body? It isn’t the heart or stomach. It’s not the brain, either. It’s your skin. It covers every portion of your body, protecting bones and muscles from the rigors of the outside world. It’s the gateway to every human sensation and experience through the millions of nerve endings running just below the surface. It’s among the first things others notice about you, and when unhealthy, it can give a very good indication of your overall health.
But it’s so much more than that.
Your skin is a living, changing thing. It absorbs moisture and vitamins to nourish your body. It stretches to accommodate muscle development, growth during childhood, and pregnancy. It even rejuvenates itself regularly, shedding old cells and creating newer, healthier ones.
That’s a lot of work.
With so many jobs to do, it’s easy for skin to become bogged down. This is especially true when you add in the beating it can take during day to day life. Smoking, sun damage, extreme cold and wind, harsh cleansers, makeup, and pollution can all take their toll over time. The result can be wrinkles, dark spots, acne, large pores, dryness, and redness. Even when you can’t detect the health of your body from the inside, your skin will almost always provide signs of your overall wellbeing on the outside.
Helping Skin do its Job
Proper skincare is important for everyone. Whether you have naturally oily skin, naturally dry skin, or naturally acne prone skin, having a proper routine will help ensure your skin can continue to serve your body properly. It doesn’t have to be anything difficult or too hard to maintain. While people with different skin types may have to use different products, the essentials of skincare are basically the same.
Protect: Wear sunscreen, even when you aren’t planning to be outdoors. You can also choose a moisturizer or makeup with a sunscreen added in to save steps. To protect skin, you should also avoid smoking, eating unhealthy or processed foods, and avoid exposure to harsh chemicals. If you work in an environment where some exposure is unavoidable, having a good washing routine is especially important.
Clean: Washing your face at least once a day (but ideally twice a day) should be a part of everyone’s routine. Choose a gentle cleanser, and one tailored to your skin type (oily, dry, sensitive, combination). Try to find cleansers that don’t contain harsh chemicals, like sodium laurel sulphate, or make your own. This not only helps remove dead skin cells and helps the skin rejuvenate faster, but it also removes dust, dirt, and potentially harmful particles that build up over the day.
Moisturize: Apply a moisturizer to your face and body daily. Natural options, like coconut oil or real shea butter, are best, but a gentle lotion or body butter can also work. Avoid oily moisturizers that clog pores. The best way of all to ensure skin stays moisturized and hydrated is to do it from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and other clear fluids each day to maintain optimum hydration.
Inspect: Check skin regularly for new moles, moles which have changed, sores, dark spots, lumps, or any other abnormalities. Most new growths or discoloration will be nothing to worry about, but occasionally they could be an indication that you may have serious issues with the skin itself, or an underlying health condition somewhere else in the body. For instance, a “bulls eye” shaped rash is one sign of Lyme disease.
With proper care and preventative measures, you skin can maintain its vigor and beauty for years to come, even well into old age.