We might all know that skin is the largest organ in our body. But there are some other interesting things about our skin that you may not know. Human skin is the residency for around 1000 types of different species of microbes and bacteria. Skin has the ability to feel pain, pleasure, hotness, coldness, smoothness, roughness, tickling, itching and more. The sense of touch is the sense that we develop first, we develop a sense of touch as early as seven to eight weeks of pregnancy. The other four scenes are sight, sound, smell, and taste, which we develop gradually later. Sight, sound, smell, and taste help to explore the outer world while skin-touch explore the inner world: body, mind and spirit. Skin can tell us about our inner selves or inner quality, that’s why our skin is used to do the allergy test. Skin is a very important factor of our body and has such wonderful qualities. For example, Skin cells can be converted into brain cells neurons. This means that we have to take good care of it.
Most of the time, skin care is considered to be a luxury. However, we must realise that skin care is a self care and not a luxury. There is a difference between people’s thoughts and the truth. For example, Malala is fighting for girls education. She is saying that girls must get the opportunity for education. In spite of that, there are still people who think that education is only for boys. There was a time when they used to think education was only for the rich. There was a time, when they used to think only men could vote. Now, we are at a time where people think about how skin care, spa services and treatments are a luxury and for rich people or for those who have extra money. This is not the truth.
No wonder why there’s a myth about how we only use 10% of our brain. We don’t use our skin to learn. We use our little 2 eyes to see, two little ears to listen and we use our tongue to taste food and to communicate. Nose is essential to breathe. These four senses helps us to learn about the outside world. But our skin helps to learn about ourselves. So the point is, if we don’t know ourselves or our real capacity then how do you expect to learn about the outside world? We, human beings are not only a hardware with bones, muscles, blood, brain, heart, etc, but a hardware that is run by a software which is upgraded and designed by our senses.
A basic everyday skin care routine can be done in simple steps: in the morning, take a shower, wash your face, put sunscreen especially on your face and neck. Wash your face before going to bed. Even if you are a lazy person, you should be doing these basic skin care routine everyday. If you care about beauty and wellness in your life then the following skin care routine for your face can be helpful for you.
1. Clean: Clean your face every morning and evening with a cleanser to remove dirt, debris, excess oil on the skin and makeup. This makes your skin clean. (every morning and evening)
2. Tone: Tone your skin with a toner after cleaning your face. Toning hydrates your skin and balances the ph level, which should be 7 (neutral). Some cleansers are harsh and they remove the skin’s protective barrier, which results in skin becoming sensitive. So a toner maintains the skin’s protective barrier. (every morning and evening)
3. Moisturize: Moisturize your skin after cleansing and toning your skin. Moisturizing your skin makes it soft, and supple. (every morning and evening)
4. Protect: Protect your skin from environmental damage, especially from the sun. Wear Sunscreen of at least 15 SPF if you are under 20 years of age and at least SPF 30 if you’re over the age of 20. Wear sunscreen every morning. If you put makeup on, you can apply sunscreen before putting it on. (every morning)
5. Exfoliate: Exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. Dead cells build up on the top layer of our skin, if we don’t remove them, our skin will look dull and rough, and eventually we will get a premature skin. So we need to remove those dead cells to have a healthy, fresh looking, and glowing skin. (two to three times a week)