How much do you know about your skin or skin overall, for that matter? November is National Healthy Skin Month, and a good time to set aside all the latest skincare fads and get some real information about your skin, what it does, and what truly is the best way to take care of it.
Facts about the skin:
- The skin is the largest organ of the body, weighing anywhere from six to 22 pounds.
- Covered with sweat glands, blood vessels and nerve endings, the skin serves a variety of critical purposes, including protecting other organs from germs, bacteria, and the elements; regulating body temperature, preventing dehydration, and allowing us to feel and sense the outside world.
- The skin can also be a barometer for the rest of our health, showing signs of fatigue, stress and other conditions.
If you don't have a regular skin regimen, here's where to start:
Understand your skin type: Know whether you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin, and choose products accordingly.
Know what's normal: It's also important to examine your skin regularly so that you know what's normal for you. Look for moles, discoloration and other abnormalities, and report any changes to your doctor right away.
Clean your skin every day: Wash your face twice a day with mild soap and water. Don't use really hot water or overly harsh detergents on the skin.
Moisturize day and night: Find a moisturizer that fits with your skin type and use it. Don't take overly hot showers; use a humidifier if you live in a dry climate; and don't forget to drink plenty of water.
Always wear sunscreen: In summer and winter, rain or shine, your skin needs protection from the sun. To prevent both skin cancer and sun damage, make sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your everyday routine.
Watch your diet: Just as with the rest of your body, your skin can be impacted by your diet. "Good" fats, vegetables, and whole, rather than processed, foods will help keep your skin fresh and glowing.
Stay clear: Minimize blemishes and breakouts by not touching your face before washing your hands, using clean makeup brushes and tools, and not reusing soiled washcloths and towels. Regularly wash your sheets and anything else that comes into contact with your skin.
Visit a dermatologist: If you suffer from acne, rashes, or other skin conditions, don't hesitate to contact a specialist and find out what's going on. Skin conditions can be life threatening or just irritating: but it's important to figure out the problem and find a solution to your skincare troubles, both big and small.
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