Skin health begins when you are young. Preteen and teenage years come with blemishes, pimples and acne. Pimples and acne don’t just affect your face, they can appear nearly anywhere on your body. It’s important to take care of your skin; after all, it is your biggest organ!
If it weren’t for your skin, there would be nothing keeping all of your organs in place. That means it’s very important to take care of it, for overall body health.
Cleaning Your Skin
Shower often, especially any time you get sweaty. Sweat and other gunk can clog your pores, which leads to pimples. Wash your face at least twice a day. Once in the morning to clean away any sweat and particles that accumulated in your sleep and once at night before bed to wash away the grime of the day, and makeup, of course.
Things that Affect Skin Health
There are some things that can affect the health of your skin, aside from just your hygienic care by washing regularly. There are environmental factors that can compromise skin health, such as smoking and sun exposure.
Smoking cigarettes isn’t just bad for the inside of your body, or for the environment and the people around you, it is also bad for your looks. Smoking can cause bags under your eyes. it can increase your risk of getting psoriasis, which is a skin disease caused by an autoimmune issue. Smoking is proven to increase premature aging and wrinkles. You also increase your risk of skin cancer.
Natural sunlight, in an overabundance, is also a skin cancer risk, as well as other things. Limiting your exposure to the sun, or making sure to wear sunscreen, can also help prevent wrinkles, dry and leathery skin, and freckles.
If you develop moles from sun exposure, be sure to have them checked regularly if there are any changes in shape or color. Early detection of cancer can mean the difference between life and death.
Another skin ailment, pressure sores, also known as bed sores, come from spending too much time sitting or laying on one area of the body. The pressure and friction creates a sore that may have been preventable. They are most common in the elderly, so be sure to check for pressure sore symptoms if one of your elderly family members has been inactive. Try to get them some exercise everyday, even if its just very light physical activity.
Protecting Your Skin for the Future
All of the tips above are great ways to begin an early journey to a long healthy life with beautiful skin. However, as you get older, you’re at an increased risk for more skin conditions, from liver spots to pressure sores.
The best way to avoid this type of skin problem is to just stay active. Even when activity is difficult, due to an injury or illness, you can still move around to let each spot on your body get a break from pressure. Simple leg lifts in bed or in a chair can make a huge difference.
Start eating healthier, exercising daily and working towards a life of healthy skin while you’re young and it will help your skin stay healthy into your older years.