Although your skin is durable and adaptable, it undergoes massive stress and damage on an ongoing basis from a hostile environment. Because your skin is the main protective barrier between you and the outside world, it is very important to maintain the health of your skin every day if you want to retain its youthful beauty and suppleness.

The skin consists of 70% water, 25% protein and 2% fats. The outer layer of your skin is called the epidermis. The dermis is a deeper layer containing elastin and collagen, both of which are responsible for your skin’s flexibility and firmness. Laying beneath the dermis is a thin layer of fat cells. It is the largest organ in your body and performs many necessary functions responsible for your health.

Your skin is a large protective covering which forms a barrier between you and the outside world. It is the largest organ of your body. it protects your body from invasion by potentially deadly microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, ultraviolet radiation and toxic chemicals from pollution.

Your skin is also the primary organ responsible for your tactile sense. We need to be able to recognize things such as heat, cold, sharp edges and other potentially harmful phenomenon. The nerve endings in your skin provide you with a great deal of information about the outside world.

Regulating your body temperature is largely performed by your skin. Extra blood flowing into the skin provides protection from the cold. When it is hot, your sweat glands produce moisture which dissipates heat from the surface of your body. It is very important that our internal organs maintain a constant temperature within a very narrow range. Your skin also prevents you from becoming dehydrated.

The more we learn about vitamin D, the more we realize how critical it is for good health. Your skin synthesizes vitamin D when it comes into contact with sunlight. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression and cancer.

Another vital role performed by the skin is the elimination of waste products from the body. This is mainly accomplished when we sweat. So your skin works closely in conjunction with your liver, kidneys and intestines to detoxify the body.

Your skin helps provide a form and structure for your body which keeps everything in place.  Your skin is the face you show the world.

Due to these factors, proper skin care techniques can help you maintain healthy skin and retain a youthful appearance. Proper skin care becomes more important as we age, because our skins own ability to regenerate itself weakens over time. As we age, damage to our skin appears in the form of age spots, changes in color, wrinkles, larger pore sizes, and a rougher, less elastic texture.

Ultraviolet Radiation

Too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun is very harmful to your skin and can lead to cancer. This includes ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds. While it is important to get some direct sunlight on your skin to maintain optimal health, we don’t need much. 15 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight on your face and other limbs is sufficient time for your body to generate ample vitamin D. Anything more than that requires that you use suntan lotion.

Too much sunlight will also create visible damage to your skin such as wrinkles, blotchiness, broken blood vessels, dryness and flaking, and thinning.

Chlorine and Hot Water

Chlorine in your tap water, while killing off harmful bacteria, can also be harmful to your skin. This is especially true if you use very hot water, because the hot water creates unwanted chemical reactions. Use warm, not hot water, and try not to shower too often or bathe for too long.

Cosmetics

Because most makeup uses chemicals which can irritate and be harmful to your skin, be careful not to use too much makeup or leave it on while sleeping. Leaving makeup on overnight can clog the pores can lead to infection and acne. It is important to wash your face before going to bed and when waking up, because oil accumulates in your skin during the night. Wash your face once to remove makeup and again for cleansing.

Skin Cleansing

While it is important to keep your skin clean, it is just as important to be sure not to over clean. Some people wash their face too often in an attempt to wash away acne. This strips the skin of its natural oils and can lead to dry, flaky skin. it is also important not to use a cleaner that is too strong. Find a mild cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type.