The More You Know…Skin Edition!

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You are in for a real treat my friends, because today I thought we could all get together and educate ourselves on one of the most important organs in our bodies. This post will cover some fun facts and basic stuff, and there will be some more posts in the future covering some more in depth info! SO!! Grab a snack and get comfortable. We’ve got some stuff to discuss!!

FUN FACTS:

  • Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It plays a vital role in detecting hot and cold, regulating your body temperature and protecting your muscles, bones and internal organs from outside infection and disease (aka it’s pretty important!)
  • The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters.
  • Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.
  • The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
  • The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.
  • Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm).
  • Your skin constantly sheds dead cells, about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute! That’s nearly 9 lbs. per year!
  • Some sources estimate that more than half of the dust in your home is actually dead skin.
  • Dead skin comprises about a billion tons of dust in the earth’s atmosphere.
  • Your skin is home to more than 1,000 species of bacteria.
  • Skin that is severely damaged may try to heal itself by forming scar tissue, which is different from normal skin tissue because it lacks hair and sweat glands.
  • Skin can form additional thickness and toughness — a callus — if exposed to repeated friction or pressure.
  • Some of the nerves in your skin are connected to muscles instead of the brain, sending signals (through the spinal cord) to react more quickly to heat, pain, etc.
  • Your skin has at least five different types of receptors that respond to pain and touch.
  • Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health.

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Pretty crazy, right? Our bodies are kind of amazing 🙂

I really think that’s why dermatology interests me so much. Our skin is our largest organ and most important barrier. Skin issues can be an indicator of overall health and so not only is it important to get any concerns addressed immediately, but also, if your skin doesn’t look good, you just don’t look healthy. 

We all want to take good care of our skin and we all want to look our best, but sometimes we get caught up in the hub bub of day to day life, and we forget to take care of ourselves. Or we put ourselves down lower on our list of priorities. But how are we supposed to take care of others if we can’t take care of ourselves?

I honestly would never want someone to approach me about buying Rodan + Fields products if they are looking for a miracle cure, and aren’t willing to take care of themselves.  They would be disappointed! There is no miracle. These products are great, and I believe that they work (or I wouldn’t being selling them), but nothing is going to help you if you don’t first take steps to take care of yourself.

Here’s just a short list of things to do to make sure you are on track:

  1. Stay hydrated. All day, e’erday, yall! As a general rule, I take my weight and divide that by two, and that’s how many oz’s of water I try to drink each and every day. (You can read more science-y talk about hydration recommendations here and you can read a little more about the importance of hydration here) I pretty much always have a water bottle with me, wherever I go!
  2. Regular checkups. (Probably a good time to make the standard disclaimer for this entire post that I am not a physician. Please take what I say as my personal opinions!) Any concerns should always be discussed with your doctor, and having regular blood work done can help detect any issues that may be going on within your body and wrecking havoc on your skin. Hormone imbalances, electrolyte imbalances, vitamin deficiencies, etc, can all be underlying causes of health/skin issues!!
  3. Healthy eating. I mean, this could be a whole other post in and of itself (and maybe it will be soon) but we all know the basics! Get your fruits and veggies in, and limit that stuff you KNOW is not good for you.

 

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4. Using SPF. Any dermatologist out there will preach the importance of this! Mine also always reminds me of the importance of a sunscreen that contains physical blockers and not just chemical ones. I’ve tried several- Rodan + Fields is my favorite! It doesn’t go on white or chalky, contains antioxidants (those help to combat free radicals in your body), and I like the way it smells. (You can find more about it HERE!)

I could go on, but I’ll keep that list short and just add one quick little PSA: QUIT TOUCHING YOUR FACE! I literally cringe when I see people doing this! You’ve just transferred all the dirt, oil, and  bacteria from your hands on to that precious skin on your face. Don’t do it. Just trust me on this, it’s a bad idea. (end rant).

I could go on to talk about a whole lot more, but I will save that for our next session 😉 I hope you all have the best day! and I’m curious-

What do you do to stay in good health? Is there anything in particular you do to pamper yourself? Have you ever been given any tips/advice regarding skincare/healthcare that has stuck with you?

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