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An Overview of the Skin

Your skin is the largest organ on your body, made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. If you're average, your skin weighs about six pounds. It's job is crucial: to protect you from infections and germs. Throughout your life, your skin will change constantly, for better or worse. In fact, your skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days. Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ.

Skin

How Can I Keep Skin Healthy?

  • Thorough cleansing. You should perform this twice daily. At night, make sure you remove all your make-up and cleanse properly before going to bed.
  • Use a gentle soap without fragrance.
  • Balanced nutrition.
  • Moisturizing. This is recommended even for those who have oily skin. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that are oil-free.
  • Sunscreen.  This is probably the most important thing that you can do for your skin.  Even in the winter and on cloudy days, you should put sunscreen on every day.  This should be done even if you are not outside much.  A sunscreen that says “broad spectrum” (or says it protects against “UVA and UVB”) with an SPF of 30 or higher is necessary. Limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wearing protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat, are also recommended.

Over the course of your life, you should pay attention to all parts of your skin. Familiarize yourself with it, so you'll notice any changes that might occur, such as different moles or patches that might indicate skin cancer. Whenever you have a question or concern, make sure you see your doctor.

How Does My Skin Work?

There are medical terms for various parts of your skin.  Here's a rough guide to what those terms mean.

Stratum corneum: The Outer Layer of Dead Skin

The stratum corneum contains dead skin cells that used to exist in the epidermis. Using facial scrubs and some other skin products will remove or thin this layer.

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