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Why Taking Care of Your Skin is Important

February 20, 2016 kelsey Hunt

Why Taking Care of Your Skin is Important

We worry a lot about what we eat and drink, but what about what we put on our skin? Why do we pay so much attention to what we ingest and leave our largest organ so neglected?

I am certain you’ve heard the term “live green”, we use it when we recycle, when we buy organic food at the market, even when we sign up for a new yoga class but the term needs to be used more when it comes to taking care of our exterior as much as we take care of what’s within it. Our skin covers approximately 18 square feet of the body and is highly responsible for the wellbeing of our entire organism. Proper treatment of your skin can not only help slow down the process of aging but can lead to a more fruitful and energized life.

Considering how large this organ is, it is safe to assume that it is responsible for an equally large portion of bodily functions, functions that our skin performs daily without us even noticing.

 Protection:

The skin acts as an anatomical barrier from damage between our bodies and the environment thus strengthening our immune system.

 Sensation:

There are a variety of nerve endings that respond to temperature, pressure, vibration, and injury allowing the skin to be a warning bell for any harm to the body.

 Thermoregulation:

The sweat glands and dilated blood vessels help with heat loss and constricted vessels conserve heat. With such, the human skin is able to regulate the body’s temperature to optimal degrees.

 Absorption:

Essential gasses such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide can be diffused into the skin in small amounts for a multitude of beneficial aids to our cells.

 Water Resistance:

The skin acts as a barrier so nutrients are not washed out of the body. It also acts as a storage center for lipids and water and aids in cell synthesis.

If you have decided to switch to an organic diet it is equally as important to switch to a more natural skin care routine. Consider restocking your bathroom counters and vanity at the same time as you restock your fridge. Despite what we were taught as children, when it comes to our health and well-being the outside really does matter.

 

Read more: How to Care for Our Largest Organ 



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