skin is an organ—in fact, it is the largest organ in your
body. Skin has three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the
hypodermis or subcutaneous skin cells. Each layer has a specific
function in the protection of your body. Your skin’s other
function is to regulate the temperature of your body. Your skin
is made up of water, protein, lipids (fats), minerals and chemicals.
It’s true that you need to take care of your skin so that
it will protect your body as well as it can. You also need to take
care of your skin because it plays such a major role in your appearance.
Looking good starts with proper skin care. In order to have healthy
skin, you also need to take care of your whole body. That’s
because your skin interacts with your other organs and alerts you
to what is going on inside your body. That’s why diseases
are often characterized by symptoms in the skin. Your dermatologist
will be able to identify any skin problems you have that are related
to an internal illness. Remember that if you have any recurrent
or concerning skin problems, you should see your dermatologist.
A dermatologist can not only identify skin problems such as skin
cancer and acne, but will also be able to give you prevention and
protection guidelines and advice on how you should take care of
your specific skin type.
So many fad creams, treatments and pills out there promise to give you healthy
skin. If you can’t keep up with these complicated regimens, a few basic
steps should get you on the right track to healthy and protected skin.
- Clean your skin. Cleaning your face two times a day will really
help to prevent blemishes and to promote a healthier complexion.
Sometimes it’s easy to skip cleaning your face when you’re
tired, but by maintaining a consistent facial cleansing schedule,
you’ll keep your skin looking its best. Many dermatologists
recommend a toner, in addition to your facial cleanser. Toner
is great because it removes the tiny traces of oil and dirt that
your cleanser might miss.
- Moisturize. Dry skin is not only irritating, but it’s
also unattractive and can lead to more serious conditions. Consider
your skin type before you choose a moisturizer, but an oil-free
product usually works best. If you have persistent acne, you
might want to skip a moisturizer in affected areas.
- Pay attention. Check your skin on a regular basis for any
irregularities. This means paying close attention to moles and
freckles to see if any changes have taken place. Skin cancer
is a reality that needs to be treated early. By checking your
skin regularly you will know what’s normal, and you’ll
be able to keep up with any changes, and detect any early signs
of cancer. Talk with your dermatologist when you notice abnormalities.
- Sunscreen! Sun damage is the leading cause of skin problems
associated with aging and skin cancer. That means that you need
to wear sunscreen at all times. Although lying in the sun and
enjoying a tan might be relaxing or appealing to you, the damage
that sun causes to your skin’s health is best avoided.
Sunscreen and protection from the sun are the only ways to go.
- Drink water. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water every day will
help to keep your skin hydrated and looking supple. Water has
many benefits for your health, but is can also do wonders for
- Eat right. A balanced diet with the right amount of vitamins
will benefit your skin. Many new skin care products are incorporating
vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin C and antioxidants, in order
to get those “age-defying” benefits they promise.
If you get the right amount of these vitamins in your diet, which
can also come from a daily multi-vitamin, you can optimize the
radiance and health of your skin.
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