You may not realize it, but your skin is actually your body’s largest organ. Its main function is as a barrier to prevent pathogens and other harmful agents from penetrating into your body. Of course, we also want to make sure that our skin is as smooth and youthful as possible. To ensure your skin health, there are a number of things that you can do on your own to prevent an unplanned visit to your dermatologist.
Importance of Moisturization
Moisturizing your skin is one of the most important things that you can do to safeguard your skin’s barrier function and prevent the onset of premature skin aging. Use a good moisturizer that has a simple list of ingredients. You can test it out on a small part of your skin to make sure that it will not irritate skin tissue.
The best time to apply a moisturizer is right after a shower or bath. This is the time when your skin is at its most hydrated. Lock in all of this good moisture by applying a good moisturizer at this time. This should keep your skin hydrated throughout the rest of your day.
Your skin provides a good indication of what is going on with your overall health. One way to maintain your skin health is to ensure that you are eating plenty of healthy food like fresh fruits and vegetables. This type of food is rich in nutrients and antioxidants that can safeguard your skin against damage from UV radiation and environmental pollution.
If you have recently noticed a change in the size, shape, color, or sensation of a mole, you need to let us know. Although it is not always a health concern, these types of changes could indicate the presence of skin cancer, a serious skin disease.
The good news is that skin cancer is extremely treatable and curable when detected early. If you wait until it has had time to develop, it could spread to internal organs and become very serious at that point.
It is always a good idea to regularly check your skin for any changes in its appearance or sensation. A good time to do so is before you enter or exit your bath or shower. Take a few moments to examine your skin at that time so that if there are any sudden changes in it, you will notice right away.
If you would like to learn more about the importance of skin health and how to safeguard your skin against the effects of aging and skin diseases, please reach out to us at Atomic Dermatology in Pasco, WA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!