Worrying About Your Skin?

Throughout history, skin care has been considered as a great compliment to beauty. Recordings as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greek times both cultures used unique techniques as a way to enhance their beauty. The Egyptians’ culture and concern for beauty attracted great attention. A significant part of their culture was dedicated to not only beauty but to cleanliness being taught as “skin care”. Egyptians were very self-conscious of body odors and believed that in order to be healthy, attractive and even protected from evil spirits, you must always be clean and take great care of ones skin.

What Is A Skin?

Skin Facts:

    • A significant amount of the dust in you home is actually dead skin.
    • An average adult’s skin spans 21 square feet, weighs nine pounds, and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
    • Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health.
    • Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health
    • Dead skin comprises about a billion tons of dust in the earth’s atmosphere
    • Each 5 square cm of skin may have up to 600 sweat glands.
    • Goose bumps actually help retain a layer of warm air over our body.
    • It takes up to 6 months for babies to develop their skin tone.
    • Millions of bacteria live on the skin
    • The thickest skin is found on your feet 1.4mm deep
    • The average thinnest skin is found in your eyelids 0.02mm thick
    • The skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute
    • The Skin that covers the eye is a transparent skin
    • The skin releases as much as three gallons of sweat a day in hot weather. The areas that don’t sweat are the nail bed, the margins of the lips, the tip of the penis, and the eardrums.
    • The skin renews itself every 28 days
    • The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters
    • The outer layer of your skin is the epidermis, it is found thickest on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet (around 1.5mm thick).
    • Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
    • Skin is the human body’s largest organ
    • Your skin is practically waterproof
    • Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm).
    • Your skin performs a range of different functions which include physically protecting your bones, muscles and internal organs, protecting your body from outside diseases, allowing you to feel and react to heat and cold and using blood to regulate your body heat.
    • Your skin has it’s own bacteria microbiome of over 1,000 species

Here Are Some Skin Problems You Might Encounter:

Eczema Acne Stretch Marks Blackheads
Boils Psoriasis Frekles Sunburn

“I think people are good about their faces (skin care) but they don’t think about their bodies as much,”

More Skin Conditions:

Keratosis Impetigo Chicken Pox Shingles
Vitiligo Hives Ringworm (Tinea) Corns & Calluses

Skin Care Tips For You:

  1. Protect yourself from the sun. One of the most significant and easy  ways to take care of your skin is to simply protect it from the sun. Medical research shows that a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, sun spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
  2. Don’t smoke. Smoking makes your skin prematurely age and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute 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.
  3. Eat a healthy diet.  Healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
  4. Manage stress. Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. 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.
  5. Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
  6. Limit bath time. Treat your skin gently and have daily cleansing. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  7. Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  8. Pat dry.  After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  9. Sun Safety. Always practice sun safety by limiting time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm .
  10. Drink Water.  Hydrate your skin from within by drinking lots of water. Carry a bottle with you when you go outside. Your skin will soon have a healthy glow. So drink up and don’t let your skin go thirsty.
  11. Exfoliate.  A good boy scrub and facial exfoliant can help remove dead skin cells from your body. Add this to your cleansing routine once a week maybe through a facial treatment. Not only will you feel fresh but your skin will be free from all that old dry cells.
  12. Oil based moisturizer. Help protect your skin from moisture loss. Choose one that comes in an ointment form as it will contain 80% oil. Creams and lotions may tend to dry out the skin rather than keep it moisturized and soft.
  13. No blow dry.  Blow drier is not your friend in winter. Try the tousled look or the wavy style this winter. Hot air dries out your scalp and can irritate your skin as well. So give the blow drier a miss this cold season.
  14. Gloves.  Yes, sadly so. The blow drier is not your friend in winter. Try the tousled look or the wavy style this winter. Hot air dries out your scalp and can irritate your skin as well. So give the blow drier a miss this cold season. allwomenstalk.