Skin is the largest organ of the body because it covers the
outside of the body completely. Our skin acts as protection from pathogens from
the external environment. In addition to protecting our internal organs and
systems, skin also regulates heat, regulates evaporation, acts as storage and
absorbs oxygen. Because our skin
is so important it is recommended to keep our skin healthy.
Skin care is a multi-billion dollar industry with products ranging from cleansing, to exfoliating, moisturizing and sunscreen. Because of the increased attention to skin health products now a days are using more natural derivatives such as fruits, plants, and herbs. This is a huge change from the dehydrating astringents that were used previously. Skin care now is focused on making the skin glow and appear youthful.
Since our day-to-day activity tens to leave our skin dirt, sweaty and oily it is important to have a skin care regiment that rejuvenates, rehydrates and cleanses the pores. The four most important parts of a skin care regiment include cleansing, exfoliating, moisturize and protect.
A cleanser is the first key to the healthy skin you want. Finding a cleanser that works with your skin is pertinent. Not everyone’s skin is the same, so determining what works for you may be a challenge but once you find it never give it up. Avoid using regular old bar soap, it leaves the skin dry and you don’t have to go expensive. More money doesn’t mean better quality. Always wash your face at night before you go to bed. Avoid washing your face too often throughout the day because you strip the skin of its natural oils. Do not wash more than 2 times a day.
Exfoliate your skin to remove old dead skin cells and remove years off of your appearance. There are three ways to exfoliate, with scrubs, microdermabrasion and chemical peels and retinoids. Facial scrubs should be gentle on the skin and used once a week to remove the top layer of dead skin cells. If you can afford microdermabrasion or chemical peels schedule your appointments for once a month.
Moisturizers are a much-needed re-hydration for the skin. Because our skin regulates what is being absorbed and what needs to be evaporated it determines when it needs moisturizing. If you use a moisturized your skin will lock in the moisture throughout the day leaving your skin looking fresh and youthful.
Apply sunscreen whenever you will be in the sun. Many skin care companies are adding sunscreen into their moisturizers to boost their product lines. The sun is the number one cause of wrinkles and dehydration. So to keep your skin healthy put on that sunscreen even if you aren’t planning on being in the sun, you may just change your plans and head outside.
Remember these tips and more to get healthier, younger looking skin!