Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Simple Facts About Skin Care

Simple Facts About Skin Care by Louise Forrest

One of nature’s wonders is the skin that appears on everything. Some of the trees, if you were, and people do, pierce the balk, some kind of liquid oozes out. Plants? Yes, same thing. Animals, fish of various varieties all have skin.

The reptiles too have it, but they change their skins once in a while! Would not all of us wish to have that facility!! Name any animal, it has a skin.

The skin has been provided to protect the blood vessels, the flesh, the muscles, the organs and other parts of the body. It has its own characteristics, as it is covered with, I don’t know the exact size, so I will use nano cells. The first sign of an external attack is that on the skin.

An ant bite and you are immediately alerted by the skin. You reach out to remove the insect, and you find that that area becomes red and itches. You scratch, getting temporary relief. But within minutes, say 5 or so, it goes away, that itch. Why? The skin has alerted the blood stream, and the WBCs (white blood cells) are rushed to the spot and the immune system takes care.

So too with cuts, bruises, minor burns to mention a few. The same immune system takes care of it, and slowly a scab forms, and after some time, it falls itself, revealing the same color of skin that was there earlier. If it was a little deeper or much deeper cut, you would have a scar to show for it. So the skin itself is the protector and surgeon as well. Of course if the cut is very, very, deep, the surgeon or physician would pull them together and put stitches to heal the wound. But normally nature takes its own course.

Also the skin and the blood vessels are a sign of abnormality. If your wound does not heal itself, or the blood does not coagulate quickly, you MAY have diabetes. Diabetics generally are told to avoid any, repeat any accident which may bruise or cut the skin. If there are patches that persist, you may be suffering from a skin ailment, or the body is signaling that something is wrong, and you would have to take precaution.

Skin care is as important as any other part of the body. Some would go to the extent of saying that without that skin, you would not have a body. Very true and very apt indeed.

You must take regular baths or showers. If it is cold weather, do not use hot water, use instead tepid or just above normal temperature shower or bath. Don’t just turn on your shower and step outside after washing with soap. Let the body have some time. The skin absorbs water, and if you are using hot water, your body defense system shuts down the pores of your skin to prevent burning or scalding. Too cold a bath, and again, to maintain the body temperature it requires, the skin closes its pores. Strike a balance.

Use soft soaps, not the hard ones. Choose a soap that is gentle on the skin, low in its harshness, has enough moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. What’s wrong if you use baby soap? It’s very mild in its removing dirt, and has enough moisturizer for you as well. After the bath, don’t immediately start rubbing yourself down. Once in a week or all right, once in two weeks, take an oil bath.

Rub oil all over your body, allow it to soak for about half an hour and then take a shower or a soak in the tub. Rinse clear the oil by using soft shampoos. When you come out, you would feel healthy and alive. Oil is secreted by glands under the skin’s surface, and just like the lube you put in your car, apart from the water in the radiator, it cleanses itself, and gets back the store of oil that is generally generated on its own by the other body organs.

All these keep your skin health, glowing and you feel nice.If you notice any patches, white, grey or whatever color, remember it. If it persists, you should see a medical practitioner. Same is true of the lumps that you may find.

1 comment:

Erin said...

This is a really helpful blog. It amazes me that our skin is so important, but people do not ever give it the time of day. Have you heard this radio program? I have been to this site; it's really helpful.

http://skinhealthtoday.com/?utm_source=blog

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