Good morning! Today I have a special blog post from contributor Willo Conner. This has been a long time coming–mostly because I have been so busy starting the new job that I’ve been a little neglectful. I hope you enjoy and if you do, be sure to comment down below and check out Willo’s links!
Are you aware that the skin is the largest organ in your body? Because our skin is the most visible reflection of what’s going on in our bodies, it is the main reason people equate healthy skin with beauty. But healthy skin is about more than just good looks; it’s essential to our survival. The skin is mostly the most neglected organ in most people. The majority tends to take care of the face only neglecting the rest of the body. The following are five simple facts about your skin that you need to know:
- The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs about 9 lbs and contains more blood vessels that can stretch more than 11 miles.
- The skin renews itself after every 28 days. This means all your skin cells will be replaced in the next one month. Also, as you sleep, the skin replenishes itself. Next time, you go to sleep, just know you are not only refreshing your body and mind but also your skin.
- Regular exercise can significantly help in toxin removal in your skin and make you look younger by boosting collagen production while diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Have you ever wondered why people who exercise regularly look amazing? The secret is breaking a sweat!
- Drinking enough water is the key to keeping your skin healthy. Not only can water make wrinkles less noticeable, but it also increases blood flow and reduces toxins. It is ironical that most people fail to take enough water yet it is available always. If it’s the plain taste, you may spice it up by adding some honey or lemon juice to it.
- Your skin loses between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute. That is approximately 9lbs worth of skin cells per year.
Functions of the Skin
As the largest organ in the body, the skin has some functions. They include
- It is loaded with numerous nerve endings that jump to the various senses such as heat/ cold, vibration and tissue injury.
- The skin is an anatomical barrier that shields against pathogens and damage between the internal and external environment in bodily defenses i.e. it provides protection
- Acts as a storage center for water, excess fat and lipids.
- Acts as a water resistance barrier to ensure essential nutrients aren’t washed off from your body.
- Acts as an absorption base for various gases like oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Also, some animals use it as a respiration organ.
- Provides a relatively dry and semi-impermeable barrier to reduce fluid loss i.e. it regulates evaporation.
- It helps in regulating your body temperatures
Skin Care Tips
Avoid Extended Sun Exposure
Sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other problems, including increased risk of skin cancer. It is recommended that you avoid the scorching sun especially between 10 a.m. and three p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are strongest and can wreak havoc on your skin. If the situation demands you stay outdoors for a long time, apply enough sunscreen with the correct SPF of at least 30. Plus, wear protective clothing such as tightly woven long-sleeved tops, long pants and hats. An umbrella can also save your skin.
2. Never Squeeze Pimples
It’s tempting to keep pressing your pimples, but you shouldn’t. Squeezing pimples can push infected tissues deeper into your skin. This can lead to swelling, redness, and scarring. If you notice a pimple coming before a big event, like the prom, a dermatologist can often treat it for you with less risk of scarring or infection. They know how to squeeze it if it is ready.
3. Avoid Tight Clothes
If you get acne on your body, try not to wear tight clothes. They don’t allow the skin to breathe and may cause irritation. Scarves, headbands, and caps can collect dirt and oil, too. Tight clothes don’t do you any good.
- Keep Hands off Your Face
This will ensure your face does not come in contact with objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone. Touching your face can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. Ensure that you wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup, to keep dirt and bacteria at bay.
5. Make Good Lifestyle Changes
A healthy lifestyle change will not only help you with your skin but also lower the chances of developing lifestyle diseases like obesity and diabetes. Exercise whenever you can. No actually, create time for exercise every day. It will do a lot of good for your skin and overall health. Also, ensure you eat a balanced diet. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Reduce your intake of sugary and fatty foodstuffs. Other than being unhealthy, they also have little nutritional value. The lead you to the path of getting lifestyle diseases. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
6. Stop Smoking
Smoking takes a big toll on your body and skin, robbing it of oxygen and essential nutrients by slowing the flow of blood. It makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkling formation. It can also make your lips appear darker and blurred. If you want to get an amazing skin, smoking should no longer be your friend in this pursuit. Remember it also causes some serious health damages, so either way you need to quit smoking.
The skin is one of the most important organs in the body. It performs some very important functions that are very beneficial. A glowing skin is a sight to behold. Purpose to keep it healthy and to look amazing. It will thank you for it.
Willo Conner (1977-) A freelancer, online article editor, eBook author for health and fitness. He has designed and taught health programs on the topics of health disorders, body image and self-acceptance, beauty tips for women, exercise for seniors. He writes for many online publications. Follow him here – Facebook, Twitter, Google+