November is National Healthy Skin Month. Though, we should be aware of our skin’s health every day, it is important to take at least some time every year to understand the value of our skin and why it is so important to keep it as healthy as possible.
Did you know your skin is your body’s largest organ? It is! And it can be an indicator for how healthy you are or determine if you are suffering from any health issues. This is why any change in the skin should be watched carefully. Though normal healthy changes like wrinkles around the eyes due to aging or blushing when embarrassed may not need the same close observation as when a mole changes or a rash appears. It is still a good idea to be aware of any skin change.
Some skin changes are a sign that there is a problem with your overall health. Any sudden itching or a rash could indicate you are experiencing an allergic reaction or have an infection in a wound. Changing moles or new growth could be the first signs of skin cancer, and an increase of inflammation with recurring skin conditions could be caused by undetected changes in your health.
Whenever you experience a skin change, it’s important to talk with your dermatologist or general practitioner to get the proper care as soon as possible.
Though even if you do not see any major changes in your skin, it’s still important to take care of your skin daily! Since our skin is our body’s largest organ, what you put on your skin, the body absorbs. That is why, for skin health, it is so important to be aware of what kind of skin care products you use in your daily skin care routine, and the ingredients that go into them.
A rule of thumb is to make sure you are always using skin care products that are made with organic ingredients and are chemical free (shameless plug: Divine Skin Creations Products for example!) You also want to make sure there are no unnecessary dyes, perfumes or other questionable ingredients that are there for appearance only (Red #40 for example – so bad for you!)
Skin Care health is not just about what you put on your skin, but what you eat also affects the overall health of your skin. For healthy skin, your daily skin care routine should include eating tons of fruits filled with antioxidants, salmon and other omega-3 rich foods, and plenty of water that will keep your skin naturally hydrated.
By eating healthy and using the right skin care products you can have healthy skin all year long, not just in the month of November.
Fun Skin Facts
- We have approximately 16 – 22 square feet of skin as adults, which weighs around 9 – 11 lbs.
- Our skin has three layers: epidermis, dermis, and subcutis.
- Every 28 days, the skin completely renews itself by constantly shedding dead cells.
- Your skin is home to millions of bacteria, from over 1,000 different species.
- There are different types of receptors and nerve endings in the skin that respond to pressure, pain, and temperature.
- And of course, skin is the largest organ.