The skin reflects and reacts to your entire being – physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. If you eat well, exercise regularly, sleep adequately and find ways to alleviate the stress in your life, your skin will reflect this healthy lifestyle.
A good skin is an asset for the future and affect not only how people
see us, but how we see the world. In our current environment it is so
important to protect and care for our skin.
complex system of interweaving processes, the skin reflects the body's
internal health and, as the largest organ of perception, it responds to
external influences such as hot or cold temperatures. A large percentage
of a person's T-cells, the cells of immunity, are found within its layers.
The skin helps us to eliminate toxins and defend our body from bacteria.
The skin provides an honest mirror of our inner health and well being. Consider that when we eat a great deal of fatty foods or foods to which we are allergic, our skin is often the first indicator that we have mistreated ourselves. On the other hand, when have been eating healthily and enjoying plenty of fresh, clean water, getting all necessary vitamins and minerals, exercise, our skin exhibits a healthy glow that is indicative of the attention we are paying to ourselves.
The process of growing up and becoming an adult is an emotional process
we all know —but it is also a very complex process that is happening in
The largest reflection of this is seen in the
skin. It is also a time when our skin deals with a change in structure, pH
Our body is surrounded by its first defense called the ACID MANTLE.
There is a slightly acidic layer on our skin which protects is from
infection and absorbing poisons through our skin. It is formed by the
combination of oil from our oil glands and sweet from our sweat
glands (actually called sebaceous glands and sudiferous glands). The
acidity of an adult skin is around 5pH to 6pH.
When we are children we have an acidity (pH) of 7, the same as water.
This is why children are more prone to fungus infections like ringworm —
funguses do not like acid conditions— Therefore do not grow as easily on
OUR SKINS PROTECTIVE ACID MANTLE IS FORMED BY THE COMBINATION OF THE
SWEAT AND OIL ON OUR SKIN
As you become a teenager we start growing a lot more hair — with each
hair follicle comes an oil gland. Suddenly we have a lot more oil, added
to the mixture — this in turn makes our skins pH change.
Our skin feels greasy so we wash it with soap (well lots of people do)
our skin is then stripped of its oil. Because our skins pH is affected
(suddenly having gone up to pH 8, very alkaline) it means our bodies first
defense mechanism is down. HELP! Signals are sent to our brain then to the
pituatary gland to produce more oil, to fix up the skins acid balance.
THEN your skin feels greasy so we wash it again and the cycle continues.
WHAT FINALLY HAPPENS IS THAT WE GET UP AND DOWN SIGNALS TO OUR HORMONE SYSTEM, WHICH SET UP A PATTERN THAT CONTINUES FOR LIFE.
Okay, so maybe you don’t use soap — great — but also remember not
to over stimulate oil skin by washing it with HOT water only tepid please.
The heat stimulates oil production.
Great looking skin begins with cleansing and toning. The right routine can make a real difference in the way your skin looks and behaves.
to Wash Your Face
Use a mild soap
(one with low alkalinity) or appropriate cleanser for your skin type.
all makeup (tip: if a cleanser doesn't say that it removes eye makeup,
don't use it for that purpose).
Wash your face
gently. Don't scrub! Scrubbing can irritate your skin.
Rinse your face
well with lukewarm water (do not use hot water!).
Pat dry-- do
not rub -- with soft washcloth or towel
people never feel that their skin is quite clean enough without the use of
a toner after cleansing and before moisturizing.
products are specifically formulated for certain skin types. Using the
wrong products on your skin may disguise your skin's true tendencies. For
example, harsh treatment of normal skin may make it seem dry, while poor
cleansing of combination skin may make it seem oilier than it really is.
Hormones, weather, diet, and other factors can also affect changes on your
If there's no
oily residue on the tissue, you have normal skin.
particles appear on the tissue or are evident on your skin, you have dry
skin. (If dry skin does not improve after moisturizing, you may have
dermatitis and should see your dermatologist).
If all areas
reveal oily residue, you have oily skin.
If some areas of your skin leave an oily residue (i.e., your T-Zone - forehead, nose, chin) while others do not, you have combination skin. Combination skin is very common.
Wash your face
every day, twice a day with a gentle cleanser or a low-alkaline soap
(Note: the high alkaline or pH level of most commercial soaps may be
irritating to women with dry skin).
Use a light
skin with sunscreen
that are very oily or drying.
Wash your face
once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
Use a light
moisturizer on the dry parts of your face (those not in the more oily
T-zone area, which includes your chin, nose and forehead).
Use a gentle
alcohol-free toner at least once or twice a week to remove excess oil.
Use only non-comedogenic,
Apply a non-comedogenic,
oil-free sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) when you are exposed to the sun.
Clean your skin
with "superfatted" soaps (contain fatty ingredients such as
cocoa butter, lanolin) or creamy cleansers no more than one or two times a
day. Avoid highly alkaline products as they may irritate your skin
skin every day. If your skin is extremely dry, you may want to apply a
heavy cream at bedtime in addition to your daily moisturizer
skin from further dryness by using a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15)
If your skin is
also sensitive, avoid products with fragrances or dyes
Wash your face
gently with a mild, non-irritating cleanser, no more than once or twice a
day. Don't over scrub. Too much scrubbing can be irritating
creamy moisturizers and sunscreens and use "non-comedogenic" or
"non-acnegenic" products instead. Non-comedogenic products will
not clog pores
Use a gentle
alcohol-free toner at least once or twice a week to remove excess oil
If you think
your acne is beyond self-treatment, see a Dermatologist. A Dermatologist
can help you diagnose your type of acne and provide you with a
personalized treatment regimen that works for you
temporarily dry out oily skin and camouflage pimples, but acne usually
flares up again as the skin begins to shed dry and dead cells caused by
sun exposure. Apply a non-comedogenic, oil-free sunscreen (minimum SPF 15)
when exposed to the sun.
As you age, your skin
becomes drier and craves moisture. Using a moisturizer can help keep skin
looking young and feeling soft and supple.
Most moisturizers don't
actually replace lost moisture. Rather, they work by keeping your skin's
natural moisture from evaporating by forming a barrier between the skin
and the air. Moisturizers temporarily trap water in the skin, plumping the
skin and giving it a smoother appearance.
A small amount of
moisturizer goes a long way on damp skin. For best results, moisturizers should be applied when the
skin is wet after bathing to trap the water in the skin. For dry skin, a
humidifier in the bedroom will also help. Tip: Showering is far less
drying and irritating to the skin than taking a bath. If you must soak in
the tub, do so in lukewarm water. Hot, steamy water can dissolve the
body's natural oils.
Selecting the right
moisturizer depends on your skin type. Using the wrong moisturizer can
have an undesired effect on your skin. For example, using too much of a
moisturizer that contains oils on oily skin may cause pores to clog and
lead to unwanted acne breakouts.
Beautiful skin is not just for the young; it can be yours at any age. Of
course, as you get older you'll need to adapt your skin care regimen.
Click here for information on how to treat your skin through the decades.
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Disclaimer: This information is intended as a guide only. This information is offered to you with the understanding that it not be interpreted as medical or professional advice. All medical information needs to be carefully reviewed with your health care provider.