All about your skin




Aah glorious skin: We fight for its firmness, get stressed out when it’s saggy or wrinkly, and lament how it hurts when we get too much sun or if we touch something too hot. Like a sponge, it absorbs up to 60 percent of the topical products we put on it. Even though our skin cells are replaced every 28 days, we may carry the effects of how well we treat our “shell” for a lifetime.


What Its Jobs Are. Contrary to how we may perceive it, skin does much bigger jobs for the body than merely sitting pretty on the surface. It regulates your body temperature. Like a shield of armor, it defends your body against invasion from bacteria and pathogens. To a certain extent, it protects you from the sun’s UV rays. As it works like a natural raincoat with the help of oils and lipids, your skin also keeps moisture inside the body from escaping. And it protects your inner workings by cushioning your body from strong blows.


Fun Facts. If you put it on a scale, your skin would weigh about eight pounds. Stretched out, it would be 22 square feet and between two and three millimeters thick. Your thinnest skin is on your eyelids, and the areas of the body your skin is thickest is on your hands and feet.


Every Five Square Centimeters of Skin. Our skin is full of action at a microscopic level. Every five square centimeters of skin contains a whopping 50 million bacteria, which can climb to an astonishing 400 million if you have oily skin. Additionally, there are 1,000 nerve endings, 600 sweat glands and 20 blood vessels.


Talk the Talk. The skin actually consists of three layers. The surface is called the epidermis, and it’s where your sweat glands, sensory nerves, hair follicles and blood vessels end. In the center is the dermis – home to your skin’s pigment, sweat glands and hair follicles, sitting atop the skin’s deepest level, called the subcutaneous fatty layer.


Did You Know? Besides the skin’s largest nemesis, the sun, excessive wind exposure can also contribute to a breakdown of your body’s barrier. Collagen loss and gravity work together to contribute to the loss of elasticity in the skin’s surface. You can counteract the effects of the environment with a good skincare regimen that includes regular exfoliation and sunscreen use.


Did you know? Besides the skin’s largest nemesis, the sun, excessive wind exposure can also contribute to a breakdown of your body’s barrier. Collagen loss and gravity work together to contribute to the loss of elasticity in the skin’s surface. You can counteract the effects of the environment with a good skincare regimen that includes regular exfoliation and sunscreen use.





Foods for the Acne Prone to Fight Zits


If you are acne prone and nothing is helping, simply try revamping your diet. There are some foods that help inflame acne and some foods that help reduce acne. Do yourself a favor and choose the healthier alternatives that will help calm your troubled skin.


Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Foods with omega-3 fatty acids give your skin a glow and reduce inflammation. This includes foods like salmon, flax seeds and walnuts. If you’re a picky eater, try sprinkling flax seed in your morning smoothie. You won’t even taste it but you’ll receive the benefits!


Antioxidants: Make sure your daily vitamins contain antioxidants and try to eat foods with them too. Cherries, berries, green tea and spinach are great choices. They attack free radicals in your body that can cause breakouts and other types of skin damage.


Selenium: Selenium is a powerful antioxidant found in Brazil nuts, almonds, onions, garlic and whole grains. It helps reduce inflammation and increases skin’s elasticity.


Vitamin C: Vitamin C is great for your body in many ways, including helping to heal damaged or irritated skin. It can also help protect your skin from acne scars. Boost your immune system with melons, oranges, tomatoes and get your daily dose in vitamin form too.


Vitamin E: Vitamin E also protects your skin from acne scars. Eggs, leafy greens, almonds and other nuts are great sources.


Vitamin A: Carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes and cantaloupes have beta-carotene which enhances the benefits of selenium. So try to eat foods with Vitamin A and selenium together.


Water: While water is not necessarily a food, dry plenty of it and eat foods that have a high water content such as watermelon and cucumbers. Hydration is crucial for healthy skin.


Magnesium: Magnesium helps balance hormones that can cause acne. Artichokes, oatmeal, brown rice and figs are great sources of magnesium to keep your zits under control.


Avoid Low Sodium Foods/White Processed Foods: Staying away from super salty foods will only help keep your acne under control. Also, processed foods with tons of sugar make your blood sugar levels spike which can cause acne. Do yourself a favor and stick with whole “clean foods”.


Do you have acne? Do you find that it helps to eat healthier when you have a breakout?