There are so many topics in health and wellness to go over. It can often feel like the list is endless, especially with the obvious topics such as weight management, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and heart health. The skin, the body’s largest organ, is rarely talked about. 

The skin consists of two main layers, the epidermis, which is a thinner external layer and dermis, an internal thicker layer. The skin has three main functions: protection, regulation and sensation.

Protection - The skin acts as a barrier of protection from the outside world. It not only protects against mechanical forces or falls, hot and cold temperatures, sun rays, organisms -- viruses, bacteria, radiation and other chemicals. The skin is your first line of defense and immunity.

Regulation - The skin also regulates your body temperature. It does this through the mechanism of sweating, the presence or lack thereof of hair, peripheral circulation, and even in the fluid makeup or balance of the sweat. I include detoxification under the category of regulation. The skin is your largest organ of detoxification and is porous; through those pores, and sweat, the body releases wastes and chemicals that no longer serve your body.

Sensation - The skin houses all sorts of nerve endings, cells, and receptors. These help your body communicate with the brain. They detect and carry information regarding all sorts of changes in the environment on, in, and around the body.

Taking Care of Your Skin

Your skin is full of nerve endings, cells and receptors. The skin plays a major role in your communication with the environment. Making sure your nervous system is functioning and communicating as well as possible is a great start to giving your skin what it needs to be the healthiest possible.

Another healthy habit for skincare is to drink half your body weight in ounces of clean water. Every cell of your body requires water. The better hydrated your body is, the better the skin can do its job to detoxify. Chronic dehydration will inhibit the skin’s ability to do its job.

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