According to dictionary.com, skin care is the cleansing, massaging, moisturizing, etc., of the skin, especially the face or hands.
So, skin care can be practiced in a variety of ways. The variety is because, each person is unique; we have different ways we like to do things; we are exposed to different environments. The basics of skin care are true for everyone though (and is really whole body care): We should have good/healthy eating habits, drink lots of water, avoid excessive sun exposure that would cause burns, and have a good cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing routine. We will look into each of these parts in future posts.
Before we can practice good skin care, we need to understand our skin better. What IS skin; Why do we have so much of it; what does it do for us; what are some of its characteristics?
Our skin, the largest organ of our body, is approximately 16% of our total body weight (16.1 to 21.5 sq ft in surface area) and is made up of two major layers (epidermis & dermis) and attached to the things underneath the skin by the subcutaneous layer. We have so much skin because it is our first line of defense against the outside world. It detects pressure, temperature changes, pain, relays information to the nervous system, protects our interior against impact, abrasions, loss of fluid, and against chemical assaults. Also known as the integumentary system, skin is permeable and responsible for fat storage, maintaining normal body temperature, making vitamin D3, and excreting salt, water, and other wastes.
Call me a nerd, but the skin is pretty amazing. It does so much every second to help support vitality and looks like it’s just sitting there doing nothing! In the next post, we will explore good/healthy eating habits that support the health of our bodies and particularly our skin (definitely much easier to read about sometimes than to do). For now, share your comments and thoughts! I want to know what you want to know more about 🙂