May 22, 2009

Skin-tastic facts!

Green Eyes

© by Audrey King

One of the hardest hygienic chores is to generate and keep healthy skin.

It takes work but it’s not unattainable.

A daily routine is all you need and must have while drinking plenty of water each and every day.

But first, let’s get to know the skin you’re in.

Skin is the largest organ of the body made up of two layers. The top layer is the epidermis which protects us against infections and dehydration. The second layer is called the dermis and it’s job is to keep it’s elasticity needed for body movement.

Morbidly thinking, if the skin were removed, it would weigh about nine pounds and stretch out to approximately 20 square feet. Each tiny square inch is full of 100 oil glands with 15 feet of blood vessels and two kinds of sweat glands.

(Do you think this is why we must keep maintaining it the right way? Um… Yeah, I’d say so.)
[ad#ad-2] ~Seek and you shall find~
Finding the right skin care products is like finding the perfect mate.

What works for one person may not be the best for another.

Either way, it’s a “must do” to protect and help keep skin healthy at all times and sometimes at any cost. Now, that’s not saying that you must buy expensive products and laser surgeries once a year. Although, a dermatologist should be seen as any other yearly examination or check up.

It’s best to shop around and use by trial and error to see which products work personally.

(All the better, if you find that your “perfect mate product” can be found at the dollar store!)

~A cleaner you, is a healthier you~
Make sure you have a cleanser that cleans thoroughly, for one. Every once in awhile, soap up with a soft wash cloth or invest in an exfoliating towel. (Yes, I said towel. And use it with the soap.)

Remember, we’re talking the entire 20 square feet to clean!

~Bathing daily is a misguided myth~
Actually, your skin only needs a thorough washing about three times a week besides the arm pits and genital areas. But, if you must bathe daily, (and you respect others around you) then always, ALWAYS, use a moisturizer afterward. It’s best to apply it before you dry off and then pat dry.

Of course, stay away from hot water. Luke warm is the best temperature for bathing.

~Don’t scratch that itch!~
Insect bites or dry skin can cause minor itching, even nervousness can. Instead of scratching your skin which can rip and tear, keep a small tube of hydrocortizone handy. Apply it as much as possible until the itching ends. If the itch continues or a rash develops call your doctor.

Of course, signs of itching can mean that your skin is extra dry and you may only need to moisturize (or bathe) more often.

~Hmmm, the air we breathe~
Environmental causes will also have an affect on skin. Dry air and pet dander are major issues in which some people have to use air purifiers or even medications. (They’re not about to give up ‘ol Rover!)

Humidifiers are good to use, but be careful of causing mold and mildew in your home.

~Pretty is; pretty does~
Sunscreen should be a part of your daily skin care routine, also. The most expensive brands are sometimes the best for added incentives, but no matter what you buy, always use SPF 30+ even under your make up. (Oh, and don’t forget the lip balm!)

It really isn’t that hard or expensive to have healthy skin. It’s just time consuming in finding what’s right for you.

About the Author:
Audrey King is a WAHM of four with an informative website called ‘Links For Moms’ She also, markets bath and body products that are made-to-order at “Our Perfect Scents”

Creative Commons License photo credit: Dia™

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