In my many musings of what I am going to write about how to care for your skin, it dawned on me that none of that will be important to you if you don’t understand WHY you need to take care of your skin.
Why take care of your skin ?
There are many good reasons to take care of the skin, but the biggest one has nothing to do with physical beauty. Skin is the largest organ in the human body. It needs to be healthy so it can perform one of its most important functions: PROTECTION. By protection, I don’t mean the act of simply keeping all of your bones, fluids, and other organs enclosed. Take a look at our environment. Everything is polluted, from the water we bathe in, swim in, and drink to the air we breathe inside and outside. Skin that is unbroken, healthy, and intact is the body’s first line of defense against environmental toxins, pollutants, and microorganisms that will invade our bodies and make us sick.
Practicing good skin care habits is one of the best ways to keep the skin’s barrier function intact and functioning properly. If you have symptoms like dryness, flaking, redness, itching, etc., your skin’s barrier function is most likely damaged. Using products with harsh, irritating ingredients, exposure to pollution and the elements, especially the sun, and overdoing it with exfoliation and/or other skin treatments can all damage the skin’s barrier function. If the barrier function is compromised, it makes it very easy for environmental invaders and microorganisms to enter the body and cause inflammation and infection. That is the most important reason to take care of your skin, hands down.
Are there other benefits to healthy skin ?
Of course there are aesthetic reasons to take care of the skin as well. Following a proper skin care regimen, keeping stress levels down, and keeping the body adequately hydrated and nourished will do wonders in making the skin appear smoother, healthier, firmer, and more youthful. It also helps to prevent flare ups of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. When the condition of the skin is at its best, less makeup is necessary, and the makeup you do apply goes on more evenly, looks better, and wears longer.
Let’s not forget about the emotional benefits of having good skin. I had such a horrible image of myself growing up because of my acne. Even though my skin has drastically improved, there are still some insecurities I cannot let go of. I complain about my acne scars and occasional breakouts all the time in school and my classmates all tell me I have some obsessive compulsive dysmorphic disorder because they cannot see them. I tell them no, it is just that I have gotten very good at covering them up.
In spite of that though, there are some days that I come out of the shower, look at my face, and feel really beautiful. And that feeling is priceless.
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