You come into this world wearing it, and you’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life. What is it? Your skin! Are you taking care of yours? If not, you’ll want to read this…
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It makes up roughly 15% of your body weight and is made up of water, protein, lipids, minerals and chemicals. Skin has three layers:
Your skin works hard 24/7, removing toxins from the body as it sheds old cells, helping the body to eliminate oil and perspiration, drawing in the oxygen that’s vital for cell life, and protecting you from infections and other environmental attacks.
So what can you do to protect your skin?
You probably already know that the sun—or more specifically, ultraviolet rays from the sun—can change the look of your skin more than any other environmental factor. But climate, seasonal changes and air pollution can also wreak havoc on your skin.
But, so can your lifestyle. Stress, lack of exercise and sleep and poor diet—routine for college students—can all affect the way your skin looks, repairs itself and ultimately ages.
Whether you’re worried about acne or athlete’s foot, dry skin or razor burn, a mysterious rash or common warts, skin problems can happen at any age. Most skin problems will resolve on their own or can be treated easily with over-the-counter remedies. Others—like frequently recurring cold sores or a sore that does not heal—could be a symptom of something more. When in doubt, check with the school physician or your family doctor. And be sure to seek medical help immediately if you develop a rash while taking a medication. This could be a sign of a dangerous allergic reaction!
The bottom line is this. Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to take a lot of time. But if you want your skin to look good for your lifetime, the time to start taking care of it is now. Here’s what you need to know: