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Published on April 08, 2014

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April 8, 2014

heart drawn in lotion on the back of a handCan you name the largest organ in your body? It’s your skin.

These three thin layers of cells shield your insides from the elements, help keep you warm or cool, and provide sensory information about your surroundings.

Skin is a delicate material, yet many of us treat our skin as if it is indestructible. When skin is dry or irritated, you feel it all over, and long-term neglect can make your skin look worn out before its time. Use these tips to keep it attractive and healthy for a lifetime.

  • Pat skin dry after bathing. Roughly rubbing your skin with a towel is not just irritating; it also scours away the water your skin needs to feel soft.
  • Apply lotion or cream immediately after bathing to lock in moisture and relieve dry skin.
  • Use sunscreen year-round. The sun’s damaging rays can harm unprotected skin in any season, even through a window. To find the most effective sunscreen, look for a water-resistant formula with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher and the words “broad spectrum” on the label.
  • Avoid abrasive or harsh cleansers. Use a gentle soap to clear away dirt, perspiration, and makeup. Do not scrub, as this only roughens and irritates the skin’s surface.
  • Use your ring finger to apply creams around your eyes. This finger is weakest, so it exerts less pressure ton this sensitive area.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors combine to cause visible lines to form on skin as people age. Smoking causes wrinkles to form early and accelerates skin aging. If you are bothered by signs of aging, be aware that new treatments are available that can smooth wrinkles and keep your complexion looking fresh at any age.

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