My partner, who reads all my post (or at least I want to believe it!) suggested last week to write about the skin to complement my post about what we put in our skin. What a lovely he is! As I’m very interested in how we look after our skin, I think it’s appropriate to stop and have a look at our largest organ to better understand what the big deal about it is.
The Oxford dictionary says that “the skin is the thin layer of tissue forming the natural outer covering of the body of a person or animal”. What does this mean? Well, basically skin protects us from the microbes and the elements that are in the air – it’s our first line of defense.
It’s the largest organ of the body as well as the largest organ of detoxification so it’s important to look after it from the outside as well as to incorporate proper diet. Our body works as a system where every function is connected so nutrition also plays an important role on how we feel in the inside and we look in the outside. Great skin starts from within – when we feel good in the inside we look good in the outside. Would you agree?
Being our protective covering, our first barrier to fight illness and disease, you would think we all care about it, right? Well, the issue is that it’s easy to take skin for granted. I sometimes get a complement about my face skin: “You have a great skin”, they say. Well, let me share with you something: the difference between neglected and pampered skin is incredible. So ask yourself: how am I treating my skin? What do I put on it? And you might have an answer on why your skin is (or not) looking so good…
To make things simple: healthy skin is vital for us, both emotionally and physically. What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body. Both affect the wellbeing of our entire body so next time you cover yourself on body lotion, remember that your skin absorbs a large percentage of what you put on it.
Did you know how much we rely on our skin?
- The skin defends us from a range of harmful things each day. Think of all the germs and particles that are in the air. In addition, skin is a protective barrier that helps preserve our internal fluids and organs.
- Clean pores enable our body to expel waste so keeping your pores clean provides a clear exit strategy for all kinds of nasty toxins that accumulate in our bodies.
- Our skin provides the first signal to our brain that we’re being hurt or in pain. This signal helps us react quickly to prevent a worse injury.
- The skin is an indicator for our overall health. Early warning signs of many diseases manifest themselves on the skin.
- Vitamin D is vital to our immune system. With proper sun exposure, skin plays a large role in manufacturing Vitamin D.
- Skin is the body’s natural heating and air conditioning system. It helps regulate body temperature and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.
- Harsh chemicals, soaps and skin care products that reduce our bodies’ natural protective oils demolish our natural defense strategy.
- Touch is one the most meaningful ways we connect to other people. Our skin allows us to experience pleasure through touch.
Also, don’t forget appearance: so much of how we feel about ourselves is wrapped up in the way we look.
I hope you are getting a sense of how important it is to look after ourselves and our skin by giving it what it needs. Next time you have to choose a personal or skin care product, be conscious on what you are selecting. A good start would be avoiding nasty chemicals on your skin and eating healthy – you’ll feel the difference!
With lots of love,