Our skin is very important to us. Any mark or a zit leaves us in hysterics. Subsequently, our entire focus is on skincare and maintaining a radiant and healthy skin. In this context, let’s walk you through some important facts about your skin health and skin care while simultaneously busting any myths along the way:
- Skin is the largest organ of your body
Let’s start with the size and weight composition of your skin. The skin occupies about 1.73 sq. meters to cover the flesh and bones. It comprises about 16% of the body weight.
- Your skin works like a thermometer
The skin is enrolled in the temperature regulation department of your body. This is exactly why you sweat. As the body temperature rises, the sweat glands in your skin are activated to get rid of the extra heat in the body by sweating or vice versa.
- Your skin gets color from a special pigment
You might have already heard this one but your skin gets it color from melanin. The general rule is that the more the melanin is produced, the darker the complexion. This clarifies one thing- not everyone produces the same amount of melanin. The amount of melanin produced by the skin cells varies from person to person, which explains how we have a broad array of skin tones.
- Massage works for your skin as effectively as it does for your back
Facial massages are a good means to fight premature aging and maintaining the elasticity of your skin. A massage stimulates the cells in your skin to release collagen. This helps restore the elasticity of your skin.
Moreover, a massage encourages more blood flow to the skin. This means more oxygen and nutrients are carried to the skin cells, which makes your skin healthy.
- Cleaning your makeup brush and hands is critical
Your makeup brush is the hub where lots of bacteria inhibit. However, more than that, there are countless bacteria on your hands that inevitably transfer to your face as you rub in your foundation or the lip balm. Hence, it is best to clean your makeup brushes regularly and wash your hands before starting your makeup.
- More than 60% of what you apply to your skin is not absorbed
Your skin is designed to keep away pathogens. So, it does not let things in easily. This means that your skin does not absorb most of the skin care creams and lotions despite what the cosmetic brands have to say.
There is no evidence that any more of 60% of what you apply to the skin will be absorbed. For some products, the absorption rate is even lesser than this.
- Most skincare products contain preservatives
Most creams are based on water, so there are preservatives added to prevent the product from spoiling. Most of the skin creams contain ingredients such as water, humectants, and emollients that keep your skin hydrated.
- Pores open or closed?
The preference is on open skin pores. This is because closed pores correlate to less absorption. Therefore, you can start your skincare routine by opening the skin pores. In this regard, Dr. Aaron Tabor, an anti-aging expert says, “For maximum benefit, preface your nighttime skincare regimen by opening your pores. The best way to do this is to take a wash cloth or hand towel, soak it in hot water, and then let it rest on your face for a few moments.”
- Your face is shrinking
As we age, the bone mass declines. This is what contributes to osteoporosis. The fact of the matter is that the loss of bone mass occurs in your face too, which is why your face shrinks as your age.
The best solution is to maintain a steady intake of calcium and vitamin D in your diet to maintain bone health and delay osteoporosis. You can get calcium from calcium-enriched foods and calcium supplements. You will need the vitamin D for calcium’s absorption into the bones.
- Vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3s are critical skin food
A good way to maintain your skin’s health and glow is by eating healthily. The best foods that you can eat for your skin are the ones that rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins.
- Dry skin ages quickly
Moisturizing your skin is the key to a healthy skin. It is also critical for combating early aging. A dry skin is not only a welcoming ground for bacteria-causing acne but it is also prone to wrinkles. Therefore, drinks plenty of water.
- Super-tight skin is a sign that you have stripped the oils from your skin
Super-tight and dry skin does not indicate that your skin is not clean. In fact, it means that you have stripped away the essential oils from your skin.
- The sun damages your skin
The UV rays from the sun are harmful for your skin. They culminate in free radical damage that leads to early aging.
- Stress does not cause acne
Stress does not directly cause acne. It works in two other ways. Firstly, it promotes the release of cortisol, the stress hormone. Such a disturbance in the hormonal levels leads to the development of acne. Secondly, it affects the texture of your skin. Excess stress can make your skin thin and lessen its ability to regenerate.
- Regular exercise can improve your skin
Exercise has a useful role to play concerning your skin health. For one, it carries more oxygen to the skin cells, which nourishes your skin. At the same time, exercise boosts collagen production, which enhances your skin’s elasticity. It diminishes wrinkles too and makes you look younger.
- Sleep replenishes your skin
Sleep is not only important for maintaining sound mental health and physical well-being but it is also critical for refreshing your skin.
- Alternatives to Botox
There are always natural alternatives to most chemical-based solutions for your skin. If you want to maintain a smooth skin without Botox, then cut down your intake of dairy and sugar products. Focus on having olive oil, legumes, and vegetables. These foods help to defeat wrinkles.
- Exfoliating your skin is important for removing dead skin cells
If the dead skin cells are not removed, they collect overtime. Consequently, they can cause dry skin and block the skin’s pores too. This prevents the skincare creams and lotions from being absorbed.
- Smoking affects your skin adversely
Smoking leaves a serious impact on your skin. It robs all the nutrients and oxygen from your skin by slowing the blood flow to the brain. This is why smokers have a pale skin. Besides, puckering your mouth around a cigarette can also cause wrinkles.
- Noncomedogenic is a friendly term
When shopping for skin care products, go through the composition given at the back of the product. While you go through these, remember that noncomedogenic is a good term for your skin. It means that the product does not clog your pores.
- Your skin recreates itself in every 28 days
Your skin sheds its old layer by shedding dead skin cells daily. In doing so, it creates a new layer of skin in every 28 days. David Bank, MD, director at the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York, adds to this. He says, “Even while you sleep, Mother Nature is doing her job by making sure your skin exfoliates itself, without your help.”