The Importance of the Skin: Why Everyone Needs a Skincare Routine (even if you’re not a beauty guru)

Skincare is on the rise as a popular trend, but there is incredible importance to it.

A person practicing skincare routine.
Skincare does NOT have to be complex or break the bank – Photo by Cheyenne Doig

People often overlook that the skin is a vital organ, a barrier, and a protector for your internal organs.

Check out all the reasons to care for your skin and read til the end for a simple routine anyone can do!


Introducing Your Skin

The skin is more than just a pretty canvas for makeup and tattoos.

It is actually the largest organ in the human body, weighing around 5 kg. 

It is a living organ with the ability to regenerate; it is resistant and flexible.

The skin breathes and remains active 24 hours a day, performing all kinds of fundamental actions for our body.

A good skincare routine can reduce skin dryness, reduce acne, and even prevent skin cancer.

It is a very important vital organ that we should take care of more.


THE 3 LAYERS OF THE SKIN

The skin is composed of three layers, all serving different purposes.

  1. EPIDERMIS

The Epidermis is the outer layer of the skin.

It is the main barrier between the body and the outside world. 

It defends us from the growth of bacteria, fungi, and excess UV rays from the sun.

  1. DERMIS

The dermis is the middle layer, thick, strong, and elastic.

It protects us from physical impacts and plays a big role in regulating the body’s temperature. 

Due to its cellular composition and nervous structures, we can feel cold, heat, pain, and tickling.

  1. HYPODERMIS

The hypodermis is the third layer down, subcutaneous tissue, deeper in the skin.

It is mainly used to store fat. 

Because of this, it can help provide insulation and work to maintain body temperature.


The Basic Functions of the Skin

The skin is not just there for tattoos or makeup (though this rock).

Here are all the different functions of the skin.

Protection

The skin works as a protective physical barrier against the outside world thanks to its complex cellular and immunological mechanisms.

Sensation and Touch

Through the nerve endings in the skin, the body receives all the stimuli generated by touch. 

The sensitivity of the skin is due to the existence of numerous nerve endings that contain receptors for touch, heat, cold, pressure, vibration, and pain.

Regulation of Temperature

The skin regulates metabolism and body temperature. 

Through its ability to evaporate water (sweat) from our body, it eliminates harmful substances and keeps our body temperature regulated.

Production of Vitamin D

The skin is vital for the production of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.

This is an essential hormone for overall health and one of the most important vitamins of the human being, keeping the immune system strong, and helping in many biological functions.


Why Adding a Skincare Routine Matters

With all its importance, it is vital to support the skin.

This is not just for cosmetic or superficial reasons, but for this vital organ.

Skincare can be very simple, helping protect, regenerate, and repair.

Skincare can help keep the skin strong and healthy.

A good routine can treat and prevent acne, reduce wrinkles, and strengthen the skin


Woman applying a face mask during her skincare routine.
Skincare 101 – Photo by KoolShooters

Basic Skincare Routine Anyone can do

Skincare does not have to be 12 steps (though kudos to those that do that).

Check out the bare minimum you need to get your skin in optimal health.

Nighttime Skincare Routine:

1. Cleanse 

Wash off the day with a good cleanse.

This can help remove dirt, debris, makeup, and other impurities.

A good cleansing can prevent acne and keep the skin plump.

Individuals, especially those who wear makeup, may benefit further from a double cleanse, ensuring the skin is super clean.

Try to avoid harsh chemicals, and try out different cleansers to see which works best for you and your skin type (dry, oily, or combo).

2. Exfoliate (one day yes, one day no)

Exfoliating can help remove dead skin cells and can help increase cell turnover.

Give your skin time to regenerate and exfoliate on and off, alternating days, or reduce to 2 times a week.

3. Moisturize

Moisturizing is for everyone, yes even people with oily skin!

(The skin sometimes overproduces oil when it lacks moisture.)

Moisturize to ensure your skin has optimal hydration to continue all its functions and processes.

Daytime Skincare Routine

1. Rinse

In the morning, you can simply rinse your face to wash off (assuming your nighttime routine is good).

2. Moisturize 

Moisturizing continues to be an important step!

For protection against drying or makeup, moisturize in the morning.

3. Sunblock

Protect the skin from the UV rays from the sun with a good SPF.

Sunblock can help fight early signs of again, prevent skin cancer, and protect the skin.


The Takeaway

Skincare is important for beauty reasons, and biological reasons.

Make a simple day and nighttime routine to ensure your skin is functioning at its best!

Remember, health starts from within.

Eating well can help improve the skin, as an exercise, and lowered stress levels through meditation or breathing.

Make sure you are sleeping enough and mindful of your body.

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