10 Fascinating Facts About Your Skin and Skincare
June 9, 2020
You’ve had it for your entire life, it’s the biggest organ in your body, but also one of the most sensitive ones; your skin. And considering all those reasons and so many more, you should take extremely good care of it. But just before you dive into a rigorous skincare routine, we’d like to introduce you to some amazing facts that you may not have known about that of-so-important protective layer. But don’t worry, we’re just about to save your skin…!
There’s More Than One!
That is, you have more than one skin layer. In fact, you have three layers. There are two main layers and underneath them, there’s a layer of subcutaneous fat. The top layer, the epidermis, is the one that constantly changes, sheds dead skin cells, and is the first to be wounded. The second layer, the dermis is the one that secretes oil, has nerve endings and more. Lines and crinkles, for instance, form on the epidermis, it’s the deeper wrinkles that form on the second layer that you should be fending off.
Age Before Beauty
Now this fact is somewhat discouraging, but knowing it, might help you take matters into your own hands. Research suggests that the aging process starts during one’s early twenties. Around the age of 25, you may start seeing some wrinkles form around your eyes as this is when collagen levels begin to gradually drop. This would be a great time to pick up a skincare routine. The earlier you nourish and enrich your skin, the less elasticity will it lose later on in your 40’s and 50’s.
It’s Just Not Your Type
Did you know that there are a few skin types? Determining your skin type can make a difference when it comes to choosing the right skincare routine for you. There are generally three skin types: a combination skin, dry skin and oily one. If you’re unsure, you can try these methods to determine your skin type.
Let it Pop
Regardless of your age or skin type, at some point, you’ll have to face a breakout. Whether it’s zits, acne, blemishes or other impurities, we’ve all had them. The good news is that you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is one of the most popular skin conditions. In fact, 85% of all people will experience a certain form of acne. These could either appear on your face, neck, shoulders and even your back.
Did you know that your skin has a life cycle of its own? For instance, when you are injured your skin renews itself and thus heals. But aside from injuries or wounds, your skin regenerates and rejuvenates constantly. Its natural process is to shed old skin cells as a part of the skin’s aging. That is why at an older age, your skin becomes increasingly thinner and requires more protection. Furthermore, you can help your skin rejuvenate more efficiently by removing dead skin cells (through cleansing and exfoliating), boosting your blood circulation and promoting your skin’s natural health.
Your True Colors
The color of your skin has to do with a color pigment known as melanin. The melanin is produced by the outer layer of the skin in a similar process, however, the amount is what determines your skin color. Melanin is also responsible for dark spots, also known as age or liver spots. Due to hyperpigmentation, which is caused by overproduction of melanin, brown flat spots may appear on the skin. They’re usually harmless, but it’s a good idea to visit your dermatologist if you’re concerned.
Did you know that your skin can say a lot about your general health? For instance, if your skin is dry and irritated, that might mean that you are dehydrated and it’s a good idea to add a couple glasses of water (which is generally good advice). Another example had to do with breakouts and acne; if your diet is unbalanced, or perhaps you’ve been experiencing a lot of stress recently – it makes sense that you’d have more blemishes and impurities. Your skin is the best mirror, listen to it and try to see what it’s trying to tell you.
We’ve all heard countless times about the importance of practicing sun safety. You probably know all about the best sunscreens, covering your body and the risks of overexposing your skin to UV rays. But did you know that exposure to the sun may also have an impact on your acne? The drying effect that the sun has on your skin can in fact cause your acne to flare up and become even more sensitive. Plus, the sun thickens the outer layer of your skin, which blocks your pores.
A Clean Sheet
And we don’t mean this figuratively. Taking care of your skin includes making sure that all items that come into contact with it are squeaky clean; especially your sheets, pillowcases and towels. There are of course many other things you can do to make sure that your skin is clean and healthy. The basics are: washing your face twice a day, don’t use any toxic skincare products, apply soothing face washes and don’t pick your outbreaks.
Begin a Steady Routine
Since the aging process does begin rather early, it’s a good idea to pick up a healthy skincare routine – one that would enrich your skin with all the nutrients it needs. You’ll find that by having steady habits, you can prevent and slow the development of wrinkles, plus, the balance acidity and oil levels of your skin. Just like you’d workout to stay fit, or stick to a nourishing diet, your skin deserves nothing less and will undoubtedly benefit from a revitalizing skincare regimen.