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Your skin is your body's largest and fastest-growing organ - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this series on your body's largest organ-the skin. This month we reveal the secrets to taking care of your skin. Investing time into caring for your skin means you will be rewarded with a bright, healthy skin barrier that feels great and ages slower.

Specifically the steps to caring for your skin are as follows:

  1. Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol or other nasty additives.
  2. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply the cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.
  3. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin. One of the most common causes of skin problems that I see are people over-cleaning their skin or using face scrubs.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  5. Apply a good medical quality skin serum and/or moisturiser. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.
  6. Next, use a natural medical quality sunblock SPF 30 to limit UV damage. Sunblock needs to be used year round (including on cloudy days) and even when indoors (unless your windows are UV tinted).
  7. Limit washing your face to once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
  8. Cover any breaks in your skin to prevent the spread of infection. Treat any skin problems as soon as possible by seeing your dermatologist or GP.
  9. Take up stress reducing strategies such as meditation, mindfulness, and exercise. Stress plays havoc with your skin (as well as the rest of your body!)

In summary looking after your skin means you need to:

Keep it clean.
Protect it from the sun.
Care for it when it gets damaged.
Reduce stress

Next month we'll look at the ageing process and how it affects your skin. In the meantime speak to the expert team at The Chandler Clinic for professional skin care advice.



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