“Beauty is skin deep”, after all.
And the door to beauty opens up through healthy, glowing skin.
What Is Skin?
Skin is the largest body organ and one of the five senses protecting our bones and internal organs. It is made up of two main layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The outer layer of the skin (epidermis) is mostly made up of flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells. Skin colour ranges from the darkest brown to the palest hues. An individual’s skin pigmentation is the result of genetics, being the product of both of the individual’s biological parents’ genetic makeup, and exposure to sun.
In terms of beauty, skin reflects your health and age to the world, on the outside. Acne popping out from teenage years to changing textures till adulthood and compromising elasticity in old age. Skin health is also based on hormones, ageing and genetics as well as deficiency of vitamins or proteins which may cause problems ahead in time.
So now, the million dollar question; how do we improve our skin’s health and maintain an everlasting texture?
Determining Skin Health
There are four components to healthy skin: even color, smooth texture, hydration, and normal sensory stimulation.
- Even consistent colour on skin makes you look more youthful and full of energy. Fading or uneven skin tone starts to show blotchiness, dark or red spots and darkened under eyes circles.
- Healthy skin looks and feels smooth as looking up close it has tiny peaks around hair follicles and pores, and tiny valleys in between the peaks giving it a uniform appearance. Unhealthy skin will have acne, black/whiteheads, bumps etc.
- When the skin is dehydrated, too many skin cells shed at the same time, skin appears visibly dry causing problems like scaly and flaking skin.
- Meanwhile, if your skin is healthy, you shouldn’t feel any unusual or uncomfortable sensations. If you notice that the skin on any part of your body feels strange, a product like shaving cream or a body lotion could be to blame.
Caring For Skin
Caring for skin isn’t rocket science, with a little effort and guidance it becomes easier and time saving.
- Follow a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins.
- Get enough sleep, set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
- To encourage healthy skin and a healthy state of mind, you should learn to manage your stress.
- Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated and refreshed.
- Limit your bath or shower time and use warm, rather than hot water.
- Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
- After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture is retained on your skin.
- Use a moisturizer that fits your skin type, For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
- Avoid the sun between 10a.m. to 4p.m., when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Apply sunscreen generously or more often if you’re swimming or perspire a lot.
- Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.
- Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles.If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
In conclusion, pamper yourself by acing the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay natural ageing and prevent various skin problems. Make a small effort and experience these changes with a joyful state of mind. You will begin to feel healthy and refreshed and most importantly, start loving yourself.
Written by: Aimy