Skin is the largest organ of your body; it protects inner tissues and organs from the outside environment. Ensure good skin care so that it continues to protect your insides and your skin stay healthy.
Skin Damaging Agents
- Sun. The most damaging factor to your skin is the sun. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen (at least SPF 15, but 30 is better) and protective clothing like brimmed hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts, etc.
- Smoke. Not only do the chemicals in smoke dry and damage your skin, but wrinkles will form on your face from pursing your lips around cigarettes and squinting to keep smoke out of your eyes.
- Yo-Yo Dieting. Dieting affects the skin because losing and gaining weight causes the skin to stretch and lose elasticity, making it more vulnerable to wrinkling and sagging under the force of gravity.
General Skin Care Tips
- Moisturizing. Moisturizing is important for healthy skin, but be sure to choose a moisturizer that won’t cause irritation.
- Cleansing. Look for lotions that contain Alpha-Hydroxy Acids to wash away dead skin cells, keeping pores clean and revealing new skin, to reduce water loss and the appearance of fine lines. However, this product may be irritating to sensitive skin.
- Avoid Natural Oil Removing Agents. Avoid creams or lotions with sodium lauryl sulfate which removes natural oils from the skin. You can also help eliminate dry skin by using a humidifier, bathing less frequently, drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, and using moisture masks.
Daily Skin Care Routine
- Wash your face with tepid, not hot water
- Use a facecloth and mild soap to wash off dead skin cells.
- Choose a soap that’s suited for your skin type (oily, normal, or dry).
- People with oily skin may need to wash their faces two or three times a day.
- Don’t wash your body with hot water or harsh soaps that will dry and irritate the skin.
- If you have dry skin, only wash your underarms, genitals, face, feet, and hands with mild soap.
- Pat yourself dry with a towel, rather than rubbing, and apply moisturizer immediately.
- Men when shaving, soften your beard area with a warm washcloth and then cover the area with shaving cream. Use a sharp blade and pass the razor over your skin only once in the direction of hair growth. Shaving in the other direction may cause irritation.