Our face reveals much about who we are, where we come from, our history, and our general attitude. Skin is the largest of all organs. Our skin is a powerful interface between our mind, our body, and the world we live in. Doesn’t it make sense that you should get to know what condition your skin is in and learn how to properly take care of it? Your skin may be replaced every 27 to 45 days but you have to take care of it for life. Just like other items you consider as assets, if you maintain it, respect it, take good care of it, it will look better and last longer. Who doesn’t want healthy glowing skin? It is worth it!
What your skin may be telling you:
* Stress may interfere with the protective functions of the skin leading to unexpected outbreaks.
* Your skin is exposed to the outside world. It is a first line of defense for our immune system. It is laden with specialized white cells that attack and destroy invading microbes and trigger a body-wide immunologic response.
* You may see a difference in your skin when you move to a new location. Pollution can make your skin drier or more moist causing various reactions.
* Is your skin looking dull and lifeless? You might not be aware of it, but your body produces new skin cells nonstop around the clock. Are you drinking enough water? Sometimes we don’t slough off skin cells as well as we should. Did you know an average adult can shed up to 50,000 dead skin cells every minute [source: Markey]? If we don’t shed these cells efficiently, they can end up clogging pores, which leads to breakouts. You can do your part to help facilitate the shedding of dead skin cells by exfoliating on a regular basis. But, too much might actually damage your skin.
* You may have had one type of skin as a teenager, then another as an adult. If you are still taking care of your skin the same way you did a few years ago, you may notice your routine isn’t working for you any more! I have had times in my life where I absolutely love certain products and they did wonders for me. Then, a few months later, I would notice that they were less effective. Some even made my skin have breakouts. What causes this?
Men and Women Have Different Skin
This will probably come as no surprise to you if you are female. Men have certain advantages. Men can brave the harsh elements far better than we can. We tend to have drier thinner skin so we are more prone to damage from pollution and the sun. I live in southwest Florida and it’s very common to see women walking and shopping with an open umbrella to shield their faces from the powerful sunshine. If you are a smoker, you are causing even more damage to your skin. If you aren’t already wrinkled from the habit, it is inevitable. Skin cancer is a real danger in our world today as well. Women tend to wrinkle more easily than men do.
Men have estrogen hormones ( which increases collagen, skin moisture, and promotes wound healing) as well as testosterone (which stimulates oil production and facial hair). The skin is able to convert testosterone to estrogen. Women can benefit from both hormones as well… until menopause. It is at this stage, we lose sex hormones so crow’s feet become more pronounced, estrogen-deprived skin gets thinner, and we lose collagen slowing down cell renewal. (Sigh).
Your skin is unique. Your health, well-being, and happiness can depend on how well you take care of it. For those that want more, here is a detailed video of exactly what skin is and how important it is to our daily survival and health. Or, you may go to my next blog post, “Know Your Skin And How To Care For It For Life.”
To your success and empowerment,