The Importance of Skin Care

  • By Maxine Dean
  • 12 Aug, 2017

Known as your biggest organ, the epidermis is incredibly large, highly important, and in need of a lot of care. As the first line of defense for your body, this protective shield is tough but thin, waterproof but able to absorb moisture, strong but soft and in some cases, highly sensitive. Your skin needs proper care and attention in order to fight against outside intruders such as bugs, germs, scratches, abrasions, and other wounds, and of course the different elements such as extreme cold and heat.

The epidermis is also the main protector of the second layer of skin, or the dermis, where many important physical structures such as sweat glands and hair follicles are kept. When kept healthy, your skin will be beautiful, strong, and durable, able to keep you safe from harmful outside agents and healthy both inside and out.

Different Duties of Your Skin

While you know that your skin protects your body from the outside world, this is a general phrase to cover all that the skin actually does. In addition to protecting the dermis and keeping you safe from the elements and outside intruders, your skin also protects against harmful UV rays from the sun, works to repel harmful bacteria and viruses, and even contains a number of cells that support your immune system by constantly fighting unknown substances from entering your body.

The body is assaulted by germs and viruses all day long; while we can still get sick, it is no doubt impressive how much the skin fights off and protects the body from on a daily basis.

How Skin Changes Over Time

When first born, your skin is incredibly soft, pliable, and stretchy. It acts as a plush covering around your entire body that grows and stretches with you. Baby skin heals well, doesn’t leave dark or tough scars, and contains a healthy glow. This is because the skin is fresh and new, free from damage from the elements, man-made products, and activities such as shaving or waxing. While things like sunshine, wind, makeup, and shaving are not bad, there is no doubt that they change your skin, causing it to lose its youthful elasticity and softness.

As you grow, your years in the sun, wind, water, and other elements will change your skin, perhaps making it tougher, dryer, or even more sensitive. The elderly often have very delicate skin that is prone to wrinkles, bruises, and tear or cuts. While this is the natural progression of the epidermis, you can combat this decline by actively taking care of your skin throughout your life.

When well taken care of, people have found that their skin has few wrinkles, remains soft, and even keeps its youthful glow over time. Though you cannot stop your skin from aging, you can slow the damaging effects of age with regular skincare routines.

Regardless of the type of skin you have, you need to know what kinds of skin care products aregood for you. Some people focus exclusively focus on their face when, in actuality, all the skin on the body needs to be cared for. Skin care is important at any age. The earlier you start cleaning, toning, and moisturizing skin, the less your skin will age over time.

Whether you prefer a clean, classic appearance or an elaborate makeup look, being beautiful starts from the inside, it is therefore very important to nourish the skin to make the most of your natural beauty. This makes make-up look better and even if you don't wear a drop of foundation, lipstick, or eyeliner, you can still maintain a fresh and glowing complexion.

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It is easy to feel overwhelmed these days. You have a lot on your plate. It seems that each day you put off some task or responsibility until tomorrow, until you have such a backlog of things to do that you feel like your brain is going to explode. It is difficult under these circumstances to relax.

 However, putting aside anxiety and stress is crucial for a lot of reasons. Simple daily stress and anxiety can build up, and lead to a medical diagnosis of overwhelm. When someone is clinically diagnosed as overwhelmed, they have reached the point where they cannot function normally, and they cannot get through the simplest of daily routines.

Add Stress Relief to Your Schedule

The key to relaxing in today's hectic, stress-filled, "Go, Go, Go!" world is to prioritize time for stress-relief. You must make time in your daily and weekly schedule planning for "down time" and de-stressing. This could mean adding to 10 minute sessions of meditation to your daily routine, or trying a few of the tips listed below. Whatever calms your mind and takes you to your "happy place", make sure you schedule enough of that activity. 

Declutter Your Life

Clutter kills productivity, and unconsciously causes your brain to stress out. Your brain automatically tries to deal with every bit of sensory input you receive. This means that the things you see, touch, hear, smell and taste all have to be dealt with by your brain. When you have too much input coming in, especially when it is unnecessary, this clutter creates anxiety and stress.

 Avoiding the feeling of being overwhelmed is always preferred to having to deal with it once it develops. This means delegating and outsourcing those tasks you do on a regular basis which you really shouldn't be worrying with. If you are a micro-manager, you feel like you have to do everything. Stop believing that. The reason why a lot of people feel stressed and overwhelmed is they attempt to do too much. Delegate the menial tasks in your life, and you can keep overwhelm at bay.

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Unfortunately, at some point stress will happen to you, because it happens to everyone. It’s pretty impossible to avoid paying bills, going to work or avoid the typical anxieties of life.

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