Maintaining a healthy skin is important in today’s
image-conscious society. So how do you go about it?
Skin is the largest organ in our body and the body’s first
layer of protection against the environment. Besides good skin
is the most important ingredient in physical beauty. Ask the
supermodels if you don’t think so!
All this makes proper skin care very important for a human
being. Every day our environment inflicts a lot of damage on
the skin -- from exposure to pollutants, sunlight, ultra violet
rays, etc. And we add to that by using skin care products that
are not very skin-friendly, through our ignorance.
Choosing the best skin care product should be a very important
part of your skin care routine. This is easier said that done.
There is no lack of skin care products in the market shelves
though having a good skin is still a distant dream for many.
Choosing the right skin care product from all those colorful
products vying for your attention on the supermarket shelves is
often a very difficult task. The flashy ads in magazines and
billboards of supermodels endorsing various brands of skin care
products isn’t of much help either when you are trying to choose
the best skin care product for you.
What is the ideal skin care routine? A healthy and glowing skin
is the desired product of any skin care regime.
The first step towards healthy skin is a clean skin. Any skin
care routine starts with a cleansing process. Washing your face
after you’ve been out is important, as facial skin is most
exposed to the dust and grime in the atmosphere. But do not
over do it, as excessive use of soap and other cleansers may
lead to the secretion of excess oil and cause eruptions or
lesions on your face. This is especially so if you have oily
Drinking plenty of water daily is good for your skin as it
helps get rid of toxins in the body. A balanced diet with the
right servings of fruits and vegetables is also essential for
maintaining a healthy skin.
Acne is the most common skin care problem affecting people,
especially teenagers. The medical name for this condition is
‘Acne vulgaris.’ Acne is a skin condition that occurs when the
dead skin cells and the oil clogs the skin pores. Usually acne
is seen to fade in the late 20s but some people, mostly women,
face this problem even in the 40s and 50s.
The main cause of acne is the hormonal changes. Especially in
teenagers, the sebaceous glands become overactive and secrete
excess oil, which then blocks the pores in the skin. This, in
turn, leads to inflammation and redness of the skin causing
acne. The majority of those affected by acne only experience it
in a mild form, but severe acne could lead to emotional and
Poor hygiene or increased stress levels are not, as is
popularly believed, the cause of acne, though they may
aggravate the problem. There are now excellent treatments
available to treat acne and produce the desired results.
Physicians treat acne based on the patient’s skin
characteristics and nature of lesions.
For proper skin care it is important that one understands one’s
skin type. There are mainly three skin types: dry, oily, and
normal skin. When you choose skin care products, keep in mind
that they should be chosen depending on your skin type.
Remember, first impression is always the best impression. And
your skin plays a very important role in how others perceive
About The Author: Olivia Hyde is a registered nurse and
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