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Your 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 your skin.
  6. 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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Introduction
Taking Care of Your Skin
Sun
Skin & Aging