It’s a well-known fact that your skin is the largest organ of your body. Beyond that, do you also know it’s responsible for the overall balance of your entire body? Not only does your skin protect your body and organs from germs entering your body, but it is also your primary defense system. In addition to that, it regulates your temperature, eliminates toxins, and holds up to 80% of your body’s hydration.
Knowing how important your skin is, you should make an effort to take care of it. Skin care doesn’t have to be a chore. Incorporate small steps to your daily life, like a natural mask in your facial care routine, and you’ll notice how happy, healthy skin glows.
Skin Care Basics
There are a few main focal points to keep in mind when it comes to taking care of your skin. The sun can be your skin’s biggest enemy. Overexposure and lack of protection from UV rays leads to wrinkles, age spots, and even cancer.
Be mindful when you are going outside and use sunscreen. One application is never enough! Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours and more frequently if you are swimming or sweating. If you are able to avoid being in full sun, whenever possible, seek out shade; especially when the sun is the most intense, between 10 am-4 pm. If you know you are going to be outside for extended periods of time, cover yourself with long-sleeved shirts and pants; preferably tightly woven. A wide-brimmed hat will also offer extra protection.
Don’t smoke. There are countless health issues brought on by smoking; it also has several negative effects on your skin. Not only does smoking cause wrinkles, it depletes the oxygen levels in your skin and makes you look pale because it also decreases blood flow. Smoking also contributes to premature wrinkles through the depletion of collagen and elasticity coupled with the repetitive pursing of lips and squinting of eyes.
Although you are trying to take care of your skin with your daily cleansing routine, if you don’t follow some basic guidelines, you can do more harm than good. Make sure you use a gentle cleanser. Anything too strong can strip your skin of necessary oils. The same is true for baths and showers in water that is too hot.
Opt for a more tepid water temperature and don’t spend too much time bathing. Dry off by gently blotting or patting your skin. Drying too vigorously also depletes essential oils from your skin. Last but not least, don’t forget to hydrate with a skin-type appropriate moisturizer.
Eating a healthy diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables, will also promote your skin health. Coupling that with drinking at least 64 ounces of water will also keep your skin healthy and glowing.
The negative impact of unmanaged stress will also take its toll on your skin. Make sure you are taking time for yourself, doing things you enjoy that relax you, to help keep stress breakouts minimal.
Piercings and Tattoos
Before you rush out to get the latest trendy piercing or tattoo, keep in mind these are foreign things you’re penetrating your body with. Make sure whomever you use follows proper hygiene guidelines. It’s very important artists sterilize their tools, maintain good hygiene themselves (i.e., washing hands, wearing gloves), and keep a clean workspace.
Pay attention to any moles or discoloration; if they change in shape, size or color, have them checked by a dermatologist. If you take good care of your skin, you will not only look healthier, but you’re increasing the effectiveness of your greatest defense against germs and infection.