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7 Best Skin Care Facts

Updated on August 20, 2014

What is Skin Made Of?

Skin, meaning 'cutis' in Latin, is any soft covering over the bones on any human and animal, including birds and reptiles. The skin has many different uses that are important for any body to function. Some of the uses of skin on a body are for the storage and synthesis of lipids and water, for water resistance, and for the different sensations that are felt to protect the body from damage. The skin has multiple layers, with many different parts that all work together for the same goal.

There are multiple layers of skin that coexist and all work together for the protection of the inside fragile anatomy, along with many other reasons like the protection from pathogens. The skin's multiple layers are deep with little hairs that grow every where, and is some times called 'peach fuzz.' There are glands and soft tissue that surround the inside gently and firmly for high protection. Skin also provides the benefit of reducing evaporation by acting as a barrier to water loss and provides absorption at the same time. Skin is very unique and delicate, so it must be cared for daily so that damage, cancers, or diseases do not occur.

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Types of Skin

Skin can have different types of textures, appearances, and health. For example, a person's facial skin is much different from the skin on their feet. The texture, appearance, and health of a person's skin depends on multiple factors, including diet, habits, and care. The type of skin a person has also depends on genetics. The most common types of skin are:

  1. Dry - sometimes flakey, itchy, and tight.
  2. Oily - the body creates too much oil, causing an unattractive shine.
  3. Combination - skin is dry in some spots and oily in other spots; common type for facial skin.

Why is Skin Care Important?

Skin care should be very important for everyone these days because of the depletion of the ozone layer, unhealthy environments, and the different types of skin cancers and diseases that can form. This is especially important for people who have fair skin and for mature adults. Skin care should be just as important as taking a shower and brushing teeth are, but some people see it as a waste of time or something just for women to do. That is not true, and is very important for men, as well as children, to take care of their skin.

Skin care is important for the overall health and hygiene of all people, but also for a healhty appearance and beauty. Skin care is always important for everyone before going out into the sun. A simple daily skin care routine can increase the skin's appearance, health, and shine, along with reducing wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Skin care for everyone is important to reduce the natural aging process effects, which can not be stopped. Skin care should include more than just a simple and quick cleansing. Women who wear make up and men and children who sweat often should care for skin daily with a routine.

7 Best Skin Care Facts

This hub is to help inform men and women, with all different skin types, about skin care and five of the best facts to increase awareness about how important skin care is. There are many things that can be said about skin care. These facts can provide many benefits to help avoid certain health problems like skin cancer or even dry, flaky skin. The foundation for any skin care regiment or routine is that is must be consistent for it to be effective.

1. Antioxidants = Healthy Skin

Consuming certain foods that are high in antioxidants have many benefits for the skin, like a healthy appearance and texture. Antioxidants are special vitamins (vitamin A, C and E), minerals (selenium) and nutrients, and even proteins that can repair and reduce damage to skin cells. Antioxidants can also protect the skin from sun damage, but sunscreen is still required. Plentiful antioxidant consumption promotes cell and tissue growth within the skin. Since the skin constantly sheds and regrows cells, antioxidants help that fact. Antioxidants can be found in certain fruits, like berries, and in certain vegetables, like green leafy ones. Consuming foods that are high in antioxidants also have other benefits for the skin.

2. Use Products With Natural Ingredients.

Most skin care products contain a form of alcohol, which causes skin to become very tight and dry. The overuse of skin care products that contain alcohol can give skin a flaky appearance and even cause more wrinkles to appear. Using skin care products that contain no alcohol and have natural ingredients have a much better effect on the skin. These certain products are gentler on the skin, without drying it out. Some of the natural ingredients included in certain skin care products are:

  • Mint
  • Fruits
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Almond Milk
  • Honey

3. Put Food On Skin.

Since products with natural ingredients are best to utilize, certain foods can be applied directly to the skin for natural treatments and cleansers for the skin, especially facial skin. They can be relaxing and calming to the skin. They are gentle and have a refreshing effect. Foods can also help skin to have a mouth watering aroma. Be sure to thoroughly rinse of all food when finished. Some of the best foods to incorporate in any skin treatment include:

  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Avacado
  • Banana

4. Cleanse Skin Only 1-2 Times Per Day.

Over cleansing facial and body skin washes away the precious oils that are naturally created. This causes unwanted drying, itching, wrinkles, and flakes to appear. Only cleansing skin once or twice per day is adequate enough to properly clean skin, without damaging it. The best times to cleanse the skin are in the morning and right before bedtime. Since the skin is delicate, the natural oils that a body creates is best to retain, instead of artificial oils. Artificial oils can clog pores, which causes breakouts to appear.

5. Do Not Use Body Products On the Face.

Facial and body skin are much different. Facial skin is usually more sensitive and delicate than the skin on the body. Products that are for use on the body are not meant for use on the face, and vice versa. For example, body lotion is much thicker and heavier than a facial moisturizer. This fact also pertains to cleansers, scrubs, and treatments. Always use products as directed.

6. Water is the Best Elixir.

Consuming 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water is the best natural elixir to cure many skin ailments. Water is refreshing and hydrating to the body, but also to the skin. Proper hydration from water can not be replaced by product usage. Water gives skin a much healthier appearance and texture. Filtered and spring water taste the best because harsh chemicals are reduced. Even consuming flavored water is better than no water at all. Some of the effects of water consumption include:

  • Decreased Wrinkles
  • Decreased Dryness
  • Supple Skin
  • Radiant Skin

7. Use a Scrub Only Once Per Week.

Using a scrub is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells on the body and face. Scrubs contain exfoliating beads that slough of dead skin to produce a fresh new layer of skin that is soft. Over using any scrub can be harmful to skin by harshly removing the natural oils, causing dryness and tightness. Scrubs should only be utilized once per week for skin to be healthy.

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      Cristale 5 years ago from Florida

      Lotion with SPF contained in it is the best before beginning your day outside!

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Good informative hub! I should have known about sunscreen in my earlier days. I've learned my lesson after getting some hyperpigmentation on my face when I went to Dubai sometime back and it was boiling hot. Sun never seems to come down in that part of the world. I love it but not what it did to my face. Now, I never go out without sunscreen with the highest SPF. :(