Skin care is self-care. I know you have heard that before, but it is so important, it’s worth repeating. Taking care of your skin isn’t just vanity. Healthy skin is necessary to function at your best.
Why is skin health so important?
- Skin is the largest organ in the body. It accounts for about 15% of your total body weight.
- Skin has multiple functions such as temperature regulation, protection from pathogens (for example bacteria), receiving outside stimulation, and so much more.
- It is the first thing people see. Why wouldn’t you want it to look its best?
A few simple tips will help your skin function at its best!
- Protect your skin from the sun. This is the number one thing you can do for your skin.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. This also depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
- Give your skin some TLC. Don’t scrub and tug at your skin. Use a moisturizer. Avoid harsh soaps.
- Eat a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
- Manage stress. Stress can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
My philosophy is if you don’t take care of your skin, there is no amount of money you can spend on skin care products that will undo the damage you have done by not giving your skin some TLC.
Dermatology PA and creator of Perfect Skin Code.