Though commonly overlooked when it comes to health issues, our skin is the largest organ of the human body. Skin consists mostly of water and is also made up of protein, minerals, chemicals, and lipids. It is inevitable that your skin will change over the course of time; for good or for bad. Skin renews itself about every 27 days. This means overtime, with proper care, you can help maintain the health, youth, and beauty of your skin.
Daily Care of Skin
We all lead busy lives, making it easy to overlook the importance of a daily skin routine. However, skipping a cleansing and moisturizing routine, as well as skipping out on water consumption can cause skin to easily show its age and its wear and tear. Your daily skin routine should be the following:
- Consumption of plenty of water
- Twice a day cleansing, including the removal of any make-up before bed
- A balanced diet
- A toner that removes dirt and oil that cleansing can miss
- Moisturizing, even for oily skin types
The Importance of Skin Hydration and Moisture
Water makes up about 60 percent of our bodies. Water is used to transport nutrients to all cells, including skin cells, and to remove toxins. For skin to be kept looking and functioning at its best, it must receive plenty of water and hydration to remove toxins and receive important nutrients needed for renewal.
However, skin is not like a plant. It does not instantly perk up when it is given water. Water must go through our digestive tract, be filtered through our kidneys, and taken by the bloodstream to hydrate skin cells. This process can take several hours. This is why it is important to stay orally hydrated at all times.
Hydration keeps skin soft and elastic, decreasing wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Water also helps skin to be able to protect itself, making it suppler and allowing it to heal faster after any kind of injury. In addition, if skin does not receive proper hydration it can become more rigid and hair follicles can become blocked. When hair follicles are blocked, bacteria is likely to accumulate on the skin, causing other irritations, such as acne or even painful boils. Skin that is not hydrated well will lose its thickness, much of its own protection, and becomes wrinkly, dull, and more sensitive.
Fully hydrated skin is smoother and healthier. It ages slower and has better protection against any environmental factors. As skin ages, it has more difficulty in regulating its own water balance. This makes providing topical moisture even more important as we age.
Making skin health a priority in your daily routine will pay off in the form of younger looking and healthier skin. Be sure to drink plenty of water while going through your day. Add a moisturizer to your skin care routine at least twice each day. If you have more questions or concerns about your skin's aging process or ways to make your face look younger, consider a visit to one of the best Botox doctors Houston has to offer. Contact Dr. Patt today!