Why And How Your Skin Is Important And How To Take Care Of Your Skin

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Skin is the largest organ of our body and has several functions which it performs on daily basis.
Some of these include:

• It works as a barrier protecting our body against water loss as well as physical and chemical injury
• It helps us fight off bugs, allergens, toxins and carcinogens with the help of the parts of our immune system that exist in our skin
• It regulates our temperature by dilating and constricting our blood vessels near the skin surface hence controlling the transfer of heat out of the body. Temperature is also regulated by evaporative cooling of sweat and by the insulating effect of erect hairs on the skin surface.
• It produces Melanin which protects us from UV radiation.
• It gives us the sense of touch thus providing interaction with physical surroundings, allowing all fine and gross motor activities and allowing pleasurable and sexual stimulation.
• It produces Vitamin D and helps to prevent several diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, obesity and neurological diseases.
• It helps in wound healing
• Last but not the least – Beauty and physical attraction. The quality and condition of the skin greatly speaks of our health, wellness, youth and beauty.

Some tips to take care of your skin:

1. Find ways of stress management
When our bodies are stressed or anxious they release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone stimulates our flight or fight response (which is a good for us!) but constant stress keeps this response on fatigued overdrive (which is a bad thing). Specifically, for our skin, increased levels of cortisol cause our skin to lose its glow. It diminishing the skin’s ability to retain moisture and encourages an overproduction of oils.
2. Exercise
It is known that sweating it out is the best way to get rid of the toxins in the body, but it has some skin benefits as well.
When we are exercising, we circulate our blood which carries oxygen and nutrients to all of our cells. This not only provides an instant glow, but it also helps our skin to repair itself faster.
Another benefit of exercising is that it helps to reduce stress and, in turn, reduces cortisol levels.
3. Avoid being around cigarette smoke
When tobacco is heated via cigarettes or even, yes, vaping it releases free radicals which damage the DNA of skin cells. This results in the breakdown of collagen and elastin, major substances of skin. It also causes constriction of blood vessels which deplete the skin of much needed oxygen, vitamins, and nutrients. When that puff of toxic smoke is exhaled it hits the skin on the face and can cause various skin disorders especially blackheads, particularly around the mouth and cheek areas. Over the time this will lead to accelerated aging, dehydration, dark circles, broken blood vessels, and an overall dull-looking complexion. Studies have shown that smokers heal slower than non-smokers.
4. Sleep
Beauty sleep is the best deal! While we sleep our bodies heal and regenerate cells. Sleep not only decreases the stress hormone cortisol which is responsible for skin discoloration, thinning skin, and stretch marks. Sleep also increases the sleep hormone melatonin which acts as an antioxidant to fight fine lines, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
While snoozing we produce new collagen which keeps our face looking plump and wrinkle-free.
We also produce a large amount of human growth hormone while we sleep which helps to repair the damage we encounter on a daily basis in our skin.

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