Like your heart, kidney and liver, your skin is an organ, the largest organ in your body. The layers, components and functions all work to protect and regulate the skin and the body. Our skin is the largest barrier against intruders such as germs and outside toxins, so in keeping our skin healthy and moist, it helps maintain the barrier and keep it strong. When our skin isn’t well cared for (i.e.: using harsh products, sun damage) it can become dry and irritated causing the top layer of skin to crack allowing for bacteria and viruses to invade the system. YUCK! Facials are not just for relaxing anymore. Facials are the best way to educate yourself on how to best maintain your good skin, or manage skin that might not look its best!
There are 6 things essential to good skin health and can be done in-between facial treatments.
- Cleanse only in the evening. Because of your skin acting as a barrier, it collects toxins from the environment, makeup, facial products used from the morning and of course, dirt… So please, never go to bed with all that on your face…. and DON’T USE SOAP as it’s too harsh for your face. Cleansers are only good if they’re appropriate to your skin type. Someone with aging skin would not use the same type of cleanser someone with oily skin would. Read your labels.
- Tone morning and night (after cleansing) to help maintain healthy skin. Toner has a long list of benefits including; Helps give the appearance of smaller pores, assists in balancing the pH of your skin, adds a layer of protection, moisturizes, refreshes and can help with ingrown hairs
- Drink lots of water. Sweating and breathing remove water from our cells so in order for our cells to work properly they need to be replenished what’s lost throughout the day.
- Specifically, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). You’ve heard the saying “we are what we eat?” That’s a true statement. There are very few skin conditions that can’t be aided with a clean diet. EFA’s play a huge role good skin care as they help to build up the cells that hold in water and nutrients. Those lipids are what help build our barrier against UV damage and toxins. Without these EFA’s our skin barrier will not work properly and in turn can cause premature aging, dehydration, sensitive and blemished skin.
5. Sun Protection.
- Sun protection isn’t just for sun burn protection it’s to ward off diseases like skin cancer and premature aging. Sun damage can be very difficult to reverse, but certainly further damage is easy to minimize.
- Vitamin C – Helps build collagen. Collagen gives us plump, tight, younger looking skin.
- Vitamin E – Helps fight UV damage. Vitamin E can be found in leafy greens, almonds, avocados, and trout.