About Your Skin
Your skin is your body's primary defense system against disease.
Your skin is also your body’s largest organ. It provides a thin, yet very effective, barrier to all kinds of health threats called pathogens found in the world that would love nothing more than to sneak past your skin's defenses and make you sick. If you don't take care of your skin on a daily basis, it may become dry, rough and chapped, providing an opening for pathogens that could harm your health.
Skin plays other roles in your overall health, as well. It helps keep you cool or warm, insulates you, stores energy and provides sensation through touch so you can interact with the outside world beyond what you see and hear.
There are numerous harmful environmental elements that are are harmful to your skin. Environmental pollution, ultra- violet (UV) light which comes from sun exposure, extreme temperatures, wind, sweating and using the wrong skin products can all damage that important outer layer.
The good news is that you have the power to maintain your healthy skin. Among the steps you can take include:
1. Protect your skin from the sun. That means using at least an SPF 30 sunscreen on your face every day, even on days you don't plan to leave the house or office and even on days the sun doesn't shine. That's because you're still exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays through windows and clouds. Wear a broad-brimmed hat; baseball hats might be great at times,, but they're not doing much to keep the sun off your ears and the back of your neck.
2. Protect your skin from dryness. Your skin is made up of about 30 percent water, much of which is bound in the lipids that help prevent the water from evaporating. You can increase your skin's ability to bind water by using a good-quality moisturizer.
3. Clean your skin properly. Water alone won't do it. You need something to clear out the oily residue that can clog pores. Stay away from soap; most soaps are alkaline, which can change the delicate pH balance of your skin and cause itching, redness, flaking and dryness. Instead, natural, pure products such as I use with the DoTerra skin care products. My regular daily day and night protocol is simply coconut oil with 2 drops of frankincense oil mix in.
4. Be careful on how you wash your skin. Ditch the rough exfoliating buffer or washcloth and opt instead for just splashing warm water on your skin to remove the cleanser or using a soft cloth. You also don't need to wash your face more than twice a day. And make sure you wash with warm—not hot—water.
5. Check your skin carefully. If you're 40 or older, you should have a health care professional perform a total body scan every year to look for any signs of skin cancer. If you're younger, you should get a body scan every three years. And all women should examine their own skin periodically.Remember, your skin is one of the most important components in your quest for good health. Just as you take care of your body from the inside out by eating well and exercising, you need to take care of your body from the outside in, by protecting your skin as that all-important barrier.