Your skin is the human body’s largest organ.
How much time do you take on your skincare regimen? Maybe a better question is do you have a skincare regimen?
We all want glowing, youthful skin that is smooth and doesn’t need any makeup ever, but time brings sun spots, wrinkles, and other goodies.
You know why? We are pretty tough on our skin. Sunburns, hot showers, popping pimples, leaving our makeup on, and even washing TOO much can impact your skin.
Spending a few minutes in the morning and night can count as some self-care, pampering, and maybe even some alone time. And your skin needs it.
Our Skin and How It Protects Us
Our skin is a waterproof, insulating shield that guards our body against damaging sunlight, harmful chemicals, and extreme temperatures.
It manufactures vitamin D in order to convert calcium into healthy bones and is packed with nerves to keep the brain in touch with the outside world.
Our skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis (the outermost layer), dermis (contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands), and the subcutaneous layer (aka hypodermis which is made of fat and connective tissue).
Our epidermis contains defensive Langerhans cells that alert the body’s immune system to viruses and other issues.
Our dermis provides us with strength and elasticity, as well as helps regulate our body temperature by increasing or restricting blood flow when it’s hot or cold. This is also where you’ll find a network of nerve fiber receptors that help pick up touch, temp, and pain, and communicate that back to the brain.
And our base layer, the subcutis, is where you’ll find fuel reserve for food storage, as well as some cushion for bumps and falls.
Who knew our skin did SO many things for us?!
Why Come Up With A Skincare Routine
Now that we know how much our skin does for us, how can we return the favor?
By coming up with a skincare routine.
We should really just call this your AM and PM routine. You can squeeze it right in there with brushing your teeth.
Just like your teeth require regular cleaning. Your skin actually requires cleansing and moisturizing. Why?
- Removes dirt and dead skin cells
- Prevents pimples or acne
- Restores water to your skin
- Protects the skin
We aren’t just talking about your face either.
Your hands and feet are two key areas that require some attention in the moisturizing department.
Here’s a rough example of a PM routine.
Wind down. Brush teeth. Wash face with a cleanser, nourish with a serum, and moisturize. Dim lights. Get in bed. Moisturize hands and feet. Fall asleep! Easy peasy.
Some notes: When moisturizing your face you should use one made specifically for your face since the skin tends to be more sensitive. Why moisturize your hands and feet? Throughout the day you wash your hands which tends to dry them out. And your feet? Well, if you’ve ever experienced cracked heels, you will know why daily a moisturizer is a must. It’s also a nice relaxing routine to help you wind down.
What Else Can You Do For Great Skin?
🚭No smoking. Smoking contains carbon monoxide, which leaves your skin dry (and discolored). It also depletes many nutrients that protect and repair skin damage. And, you probably know this, but smoking impacts WAY more than just your skin.
🛏️Get sleep. Restful sleep is essential for proper skin cell and tissue rejuvenation.
🏖️Manage your stress. When you’re stressed, your hormones work overtime, which can lead to higher levels of oil and blockages in your pores, creating acne.
🧴Use lotion. Keep those skin cells at their best and prevent dry, flaky skin.
☀️Wear sunscreen. Prevent unwanted lines, wrinkles, and dark spots with some SPF.
🏃♀️Exercise. Increase that blood to your skin to keep it clear of toxins.
🚰Stay hydrated. Keep your skin soft and healthy with some H2O.
What Do You Need To Protect Your Skin?
Find a good body lotion and keep it on hand for everyday use. Look for a lotion without parabens, harsh chemicals, dyes, and fragrances because those actually irritate your skin. Ironic that they are in the majority of skincare products!
If you have littles, a lotion that’s safe for their sensitive skin will make life easier for you.
For your face, find a good system for cleaning, nourishing, and moisturizing. Trust me, your face deserves a little pampering!
Adding a few minutes into your morning and evening routine can make a huge difference to your skin.
Protect your skin so it can continue to protect you!