Can you name the largest human body organ? Need a little help… the answer is the skin. If you answered this question correctly then you are a step ahead of the rest and will truly appreciate the knowledge that is about to be dropped in this blog!
How does the skin function? How do I take care of my skin? The skin’s job is never-ending and its schedule is the same as 7-Eleven… 24/7. It constantly works to help protect other organs, excrete waste, regulate body temperature, and serve as the main vehicle for detecting pain, pressure, and other sensations.
Now that we all understand the skin’s function, we can get down to business on how to take care of it. Itchy, flaky, rough, uneven; those are just a few characteristics associated with not taking care of the skin. There are several steps required to prevent these conditions however this discussion is going to focus on exfoliation. By definition the term means to remove from the surface in scales. The process of exfoliating can be achieved through mechanical or chemical means. Mechanical methods of exfoliating literally knock or scrub away the top layer of skin. Microdermabrasion, a very popular method of mechanically removing the outermost layer of skin, is a non-invasive process that utilizes suction and abrasive particles. In addition to this method abrasives such as salt, sugar, microfiber cloth, pumice stones, and crushed almond shells can also be used to mechanically remove skin cells. To exfoliate by chemical means products such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and fruit enzymes must be used. Chemical methods of exfoliating dissolve the glue-like bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing the cells to easily be removed. To learn more about the chemical peel experience click here.
Hair removal methods such as waxing, chemical depilatories, and shaving also serve to exfoliate the skin. Overall chemical peels, manual techniques, and mechanical methods of exfoliating are gaining popularity in an effort to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize acne breakouts, and even skin tone.
The lifecycle of skin cells is roughly 30 days. During this time cells migrate from the lower layer of skin (the dermis) to the outermost layer of skin (the epidermis). I’m sure at this point you may be asking yourself “So what?” The point is that while the body is designed to automatically heal and regenerate, the process slows down as we age. As a result the skin sometimes needs a little extra help to get rid of its top layer in order to prevent issues such as dullness and acne. So it’s critical that women, men, young and especially mature individuals be concerned with regularly exfoliating the skin. Women should pay special attention to exfoliate because the process of natural skin erosion becomes unbalanced after menopause.
Not only should we all take special care to exfoliate the skin but we must also recognize that the entire body is covered with skin so it all needs to be exfoliated. There’s nothing worse than having smooth hands or a clear face if your back and your feet feel and look like sandpaper. Examples of good skin care regimens that include exfoliation are manicures, pedicures, facials, and body scrubs. These processes will not only help in maintaining the skin’s health but will also help to reduce stress and relieve tension which are factors that often times impact your overall health in a negative way.
Well that’s the end of today’s lesson. Until next time…
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The past couple of weeks it’s been on my mind to write about appreciating life. I had so many thoughts that I didn’t know where to began, but finally it hit me. This morning, during my devotion, I was praying about my emotions regarding the deaths thats happened all around me, people I really didn’t know personally but for some reason had me in tears. I’ve realized that those tears were not about the deaths but more so about my life. I started to question myself; do I deserve to still live? Am I justifying my existence every day? Am I diligently working my purpose in life? Often times, I am very hard on myself and always ponder on how I can be better. Given that all my answers weren’t yes and I am still living, I came to the conclusion that I must really appreciate the precious gift of life God has granted me.
I share my thoughts with you this morning because I think it is imperative that we stop focusing on the negative of people’s death, but instead put that energy toward showing we deserve the gift of life. None of us had a right to that first breath this morning, but because it was granted lets live like we are grateful. When our feet hit the floor each morning we should be declaring that the world will never be the same because we are alive and ready to work. Another breath is another opportunity! Live to show that God’s gift has so much value to the world that there will be a void without you.
A question came to me recently of “how do I dress to look fashionable but not bundled and bulky like a 6 yr old during these cold winter months?”
The short answer? Layer, experiment, accessorize, layer and layer some more! To inspire us, here are some examples shot by the infamous street style photographer Tommy Ton: