“Is your epidermis showing?” Remember that old joke from childhood? Your epidermis is the outer part of your skin, and your skin is your body’s largest and fastest-growing organ! With a total area of about 20 square feet, our skin protects us in many ways.
How can our skin be an organ? Well, an organ is a collection of different tissues which have a particular organization and perform one (or perhaps several) common function(s). Your skin is an organized part of you that protects you, helps regulate heat, provides sensory input, allows excretion through perspiration.
Because our skin interfaces between the rest of our body and the outside world, it serves a very important function, fighting off so much. Do you ever have skin rash, dermatitis, eczema? How about abscesses, pimples, or other skin disturbances? It makes sense to see this evidence of your skin doing its job. We can help our skin protect us by protecting our skin! How? Here are some suggestions.
When you wash, treat your skin gently. For example, limit bath time. Hot water and long showers/baths remove important oils from your skin. Use comfortably warm water rather than hot.
Avoid strong soaps or soaps with detergents. These also strip protective, moisturizing oils from your skin.
If you shave, do so carefully. To help prevent ingrown hairs, shave in the direction the hair grows. Use quality shaving products to protect and lubricate your skin as you shave.
Pat your skin dry, don’t rub.
Use a quality moisturizer.
At Herbs Can Cleanse, we carry high quality soaps, gentle enough to use with everyone in your family! Choose from four different scents (lavender, lemongrass, vanilla orange, or patchouli) to add aromatherapy to bath time. But most of all, treat your skin well and it will take good care of you!