The Importance Of Protecting Your Skin
By Angela Sanders Friday, January 17, 2014, 02:20 AM EST
Many people underestimate the importance of taking care of their skin. However, caring for your skin should be one of your top priorities because your skin is the largest organ on your body. Below are some of the benefits that you can reap from taking care of your skin, provided by Austin dermatologist, Dr. Nicholas Snavely:
Wrinkles and fine lines are a natural part of getting older. However, if you take good care of your skin, then you will be able to look younger without doing anything drastic. In fact, a good skin care regime can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles from developing. You also want to make sure that you follow a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in vitamins, A, C, E and K will help reduce the formation of free radicals. Free radicals are compounds that accelerate the aging process.
If you smoke, then you should consider quitting. Smoking can lead to wrinkle and fine line formation. Furthermore, you should get plenty of sleep and reduce your stress.
Protect Your Body From Your Infections
Taking care of your skin will help you look younger, but more importantly, it will help prevent you from developing infections. The skin is the body’s first line of defense against infections. It helps keep foreign materials from entering your body. If foreign materials enter your body, then you could possibly develop an infection. Keep in mind that an infection can quickly spread throughout the body and lead to more serious problems.
One of the ways that you can help your skin keep foreign materials from out of your body is by keeping it moisturized. If your skin is dry and peeling, then it will be a lot easier for foreign materials to enter your body. You also want to make sure that you stay hydrated.
Protects You From Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that two million people in America are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Approximately 20 percent of the American population will develop skin cancer at some point. Many people who have skin cancer find that their overall health quickly deteriorates because the cancer can very easily spread to other parts of the body.
While there is no 100 percent full-proof way to prevent skin cancer, you can greatly reduce your chances of developing it by taking good care of your skin. Make sure that you apply sunscreen when you are going out in the sun. The sunscreen will help protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet rays. Studies have shown that people who have multiple sunburns are more likely to develop skin cancer.
The importance of keeping your skin healthy cannot be reiterated enough. It is the largest organ on your body, so it requires special care. Taking care of your skin will help you look younger. A good skin care regime will also help keep you healthy by protecting you from cancer and preventing you from developing infections.
About the author: Dr. Snavely and the team at River Place Mohs & Dermatologic Surgery Center are experts in Mohs Surgery and other skin cancer treatments. For more information, you can connect with him on Facebook.