The skin is the reflection of your health and our personality; it is the organ that determines your beauty. Besides esthetical factor, the skin is the largest organ of the body. It is linked to all vital functions of the body; it plays a role of protection and exchange.
Everyone would like to have fair skin. However, having an ideal skin is not always easy as it sounds. In fact, perfect skin does not exist. Even when the appearance is superb, skin always has a small frustrating detail. Either it is too dry or too oily, or it is covered in dark spots or it streak of couperose. The skin is a living organ changing from season to season, depending on age, hormonal fluctuations, diet and lifestyle in general
Real beauty shines through a look, a smile, an attitude. It is natural and expressed through the state of the skin. Unfortunately, over the years, the skin begins to lose its freshness. Even before the wrinkles begin to appear, you may notice spots, rough texture or uneven complexion: fine lines, dark under eye circle, etc.
What can you do to improve the beauty of your skin?
Contrary to what most people think, having beautiful skin is not waking up one day and using an antioxidant cream for a couple weeks. You need to practice healthy lifetime habits to keep your skin looking soft, smooth and radiant:
Nutrition – A healthy diet has antiaging effect on the skin. To combat the signs of time and aging, skin must be properly hydrated and nourished. While creams and masks can help, a healthy diet is the key to have a radiant and beautiful skin. Eating lots of foods provides dietary trace elements (micronutrients) that are are vitally important to maintain the skin healthy: vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, fatty acids, etc.
Eat healthy, make your skin happy! To see the result of your diet, you need to avoid or moderately consume alcohol, sugar and saturated fats.
Avoid pollution – pollution accelerates the aging of the skin. Pollution particles contribute to accelerate the production of free radicals in the skin, resulting in irritation, tarnished skin and wrinkles. To treat those damages, along with a balanced heahlthy diet, you need antioxidant creams; safe and natural antioxidant creams, which can fight against the formation of free radicals, and act as filters between the skin and pollution to ensure a younger skin.
Skin hydration – It is essential to hydrate your skin; hydration is one of the best weapons against skin damages. It helps to preserve the flexibility and firmness of the skin of the face. In addition to the daily use of skin moisturizer, increase considerably your fluids intake.
In addition, it is important to give yourself a time of relaxation during the day. Many researches confirm that people who have a habit of relaxing or taking a nap in the afternoon tend to have fewer wrinkles and suffer less from stress.
Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure – Protecting skin from sun rays helps to preserve its youth. Prolonged sun exposure is responsible for nearly 80% of aging marks on the skin. Penetrating deeply into the skin, uva rays promote the release of free radicals, which can cause serious skin problems including cancer. So, to protect your skin during sunshine, apply sunscreen. If possible, avoid all prolonged exposure to the sun
Skin infection is any disorder or inflammation of the skin. There are four different types of skin infections, bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal.
Bacterial Infections of the skin are skin disorders caused by bacteria. While there are certainly other bacterial skin infections, the following are the most common:
- Cellulitis – please, visit our cellulitis article
- Erysipelas – an acute febrile bacterial infection caused by hemolytic streptococcus; it tends to develop on the face and lower extremities.
- Impetigo – an acute contagious staphylococcal or streptococcal skin disease characterized by vesicles, pustules, and yellowish crusts
- Folliculitis – inflammation of one or more follicles of the hair
- Furuncles – a skin infection involving an entire hair follicle and nearby skin tissue.
Fungal skin Infections are infections of the skin caused by fungi, which can live on the dead tissues of the hair, nails, and outer skin layers. The most common are:
- Athlete’s foot – athlete’s foot is a common infection characterized by scaling, flaking, and itching between the toes; it is caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes.
- Jock itch – Jock itch, also called tinea cruris, is an infection of the genitals, inner upper thighs and buttocks caused by a group of fungi called dermatophytes; it is characterized by itchy rash.
- Ringworm – Also called tinea corporis, ringworm is a contagious disease of the skin, hair, or nails caused by several different kinds of fungi. It is characterized by ring-shaped discolored skin patches covered with vesicles and scales.
- Yeast infections – please visit our Yeast infection article
Viral Infections – viral infections of the Skin is a disorder caused by viruses. The viruses enter your body through insect bites, swallowing, inhalation, infected food, and human-to-human contact. When a virus enters your body, the immune system immediately start fighting back to get rid of it. If your immune defense is too weak to win the combat, the virus begins to attach a cell, enters it, releases its DNA or RNA inside of it, and causes infection. That is why viral infections of the skin are more frequent among those with weakened immune system. Some of the viral infections of the skin include:
- Herpes Simplex – visit this herpes Simplex article
- Varicella-Zoster virus infection – any infection caused vy varicella zoster virus (VZV): chicken-pox, shingles, postherpetic neuralgia, etc.
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) – visit this HIV/AIDS article
- Molluscum Contagiosum – Molluscum Contagiosum is a noncancerous skin growth caused by poxvirus; it infects the top layers of the skin.
Parasitic Infections – all infectons of the skin caused by parasites such as mites, lice, fleas, ticks, parasitic worms and biting flies. The following are some of them:
- Head Lice
- Pubic Lice