The skin is the largest organ in the body. It has an incredible function of protecting the body from microbes, sun, physical injuries as well as harsh temperatures.
Dermatologists report that 90% of the human skin experiences damage by the age of 18. Several factors contribute to the damage the skin experiences. It is good to take note of them so that we should know how well to take care of our skins. Some of the common factors are highlighted below;
The sun emits rays that are harmful to the skin. It has UVA, UVB and UVC rays, which penetrate to the innermost layer of the skin. As we all know, the sun’s rays are essential for the manufacture of Vitamin D by the skin. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays, however, results in severe skin damage. When exposed to sunlight, the skin cells produce more melanin, and the skin darkens to help shield against further damage. Continuous exposure causes these cells to divide unusually, causing skin cancer. Apart from sunburns, skin cancer is another skin disease that affects a substantial portion of the population today.
Most of the vitamins and nutrients that our skins require get provided through the diet we take. But when we become ignorant in this sense, we fail to take in food that nourishes our skins, leaving it malnourished. Failure to take in enough water, also reduces the moisture content on our skin, leaving it dry and cracked. Too much fat in our diet promotes oily skin breakouts as well.
Hormones are inevitable causes of skin problems. During puberty, the body produces androgen hormones, for the development of the body’s reproductive system in both males and females. These hormones can result in pimples and acne on the skin. Hormonal changes during pregnancies also affect skin texture, and this can be so frustrating to handle.
4. SKINCARE PRODUCTS.
Exposing the skin to skincare products that contain aggressive chemicals such as hydroquinone and sulfates results in skin damage. Chemical damage often results in cancer of the skin. The skin absorbs these chemicals into the body, and affect other organs as well.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN USING NATURAL OILS.
Protecting your skin from damage will require first an understanding of the type of skin you have plus the risks that you are more susceptible to. Cosmetic products, especially the natural ones, are effective to a large extent. It is important to check the list of ingredients that make the product you intend to use. Avoid products with parabens, hydroquinone, and sulfates. Some of these chemicals are carcinogenic; that is, they cause cancer. You never get it wrong with premium natural products. Some of the natural oils that should never miss on your shelf are:
Natural sunscreen oils are; Carrot seed oil: SPF 35-40, Argan oil: SPF 47, Almond oil: SPF around 5, Coconut oil: SPF 4-6 and Shea butter: SPF 4-6. Apart from protection from the sun, these oils have other advantages they offer. Shea, coconut, and argan are also moisturizers. They have antimicrobial activities that help shield your skin against bacterial and fungal attacks. These oils will protect your skin from sunburns as well as skin cancer.
Moisturizers help the skin to remain moist. They achieve this by either drawing moisture to the skin or by sealing in moisture on the skin. Those oils that attract moisture to the skin are called humectants. Examples include; Avocado oil, vegetable glycerin, and Aloe Vera gel. Those that seals moisture in the skin are mostly butter, like; Shea butter, Mango Butter, and cocoa butter.
3. Skin sebum balancers.
Skin sebum balancing is an excellent way to fight acne. This means that you apply natural oils that resemble skin sebum, to regulate the amount of oil your skin produces. These oils are incredible for both dry and oily skin, as well. For the dry skin, these oils act as moisturizers. They keep the skin flexible, as well. These oils are; jojoba oil and Argan oil.