In order to celebrate National Healthy Skin Month, here are some facts from Dr. Vitaly Blatnoy to educate you more on your skincare:
1. Your skin is the largest organ in your body.
Your skin spans over 20 square feet which makes it significantly larger than any other organ in your body. The second largest is your liver.
2. You start aging after age 20.
Once you hit 25 your collagen levels can start to slowly deplete which might result in the appearance of sagging skin and the onset of fine lines. Many people think that they should only start worrying about anti-aging in their 40s-50s but having a routine of good skincare should start in your young adult years.
3. Genetics aren’t everything!
Many people attribute their body qualities to their genetics but that isn’t always true. Your skin is very sensitive to outside qualities such as air quality/pollution, climate, and of course your skincare routine. Moisturizing and sunscreen remain the best and easiest way to ensure that your skin stays healthy for a long time!
4. You skin has three layers.
We always talk about the skin as if it’s only layer but it’s made up of three; the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Ensuring that not just the top layer is treated is important. In addition to providing topical care it’s also important to stay hydrated internally as well. Drink lots of water and keeping a healthy diet can keep all layers of your skin healthy.
5. Over-cleansing can cause breakouts.
Overwashing your face or using harsh cleansers can majorly throw your skin off balance. Yup, there is such a thing as too clean when it comes to skincare – who’d have thought? By using cleansers that are too harsh (or maybe it’s just your skin), you can upset the skin’s water lipid-protein balance, weakening the defensive layer of your skin, which means bacteria is more easily able to penetrate, thereby increasing the likelihood of a breakout.