November is National Healthy Skin Month

November is National Healthy Skin Month

Katie Marshall
November is National Healthy Skin Month and the perfect opportunity to ramp up caring for your body’s largest organ before the harsh winter months to come. The skin is a fascinating system with multiple duties that include protecting the body from pathogens, collecting sensory information, and regulating our temperature. It can be easy to take our skin for granted because we often don’t pay much attention to it until it begins acting up!

The skin has three layers: the hypodermis, the dermis, and epidermis. The deepest layer, the hypodermis, is made of fat and tissues. The middle layer, the dermis, contains hair follicles, sweat glands, and tissues. And last but not least the epidermis, our outermost skin layer, provides a waterproof barrier and contains melanin which creates skin tone.

Although the skin is relatively thin (anywhere from .5mm to 4.0mm thickness) it takes up a vast area (about 22 square feet in adults) and weighs more then one would imagine (about 11 pounds). That’s a whole lot of skin to care for, which is why it is important to follow these simple tips for a more flawless, radiant skin glow.

1. Eat Healthy
2. Don't Smoke
3. Drink Less Alcohol
4. Cleanse, Exfoliate & Moisturize
5. Don't Stress

The well-being of your skin is extremely important to your overall health. Stay focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and your skin will thank you for it! Don’t believe me? Try giving up sugar, drink more water or quit smoking for a month and watch your skin transform from dull and dry to glowing and radiant.

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