5 Things That Harm Your Skin

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5 Things That Harm Your Skin

Skin is the body largest organ. It is also the organ that protects the body’s internal organs outside environment. Our skin endures daily challenges caused by exposure to anything variety of environmental factors. Since it is the most exposed bodily organ it is prone to damage caused by the outside environmental factors, it is important to understand the factors that may cause damage and the preemptive measures to avoid them; or if already acquired, how to treat them.


Some of the most common culprits of skin damage are:

5 Sun Exposure

Skin has an interesting relationship with the sun. The skin needs nourishment from its rays absorbing necessary vitamin D. At the same time, sun can be labelled as the biggest cause of skin damage across the continents. Due to the ill effects of sun rays, people usually tend to avoid the rays altogether causing a deficiency of the desired vitamin in the body, causing brittle bones and bleak skin. Instead the smart method should be to take precautionary measure before heading out in the sun. For instance, it is recommended to avoid skin exposure to sun at high noon when the sun intensity is the highest. One can also use a good quality sun screen with at least 30 SPF to render protection against both types of harmful ultraviolet rays i.e. UVA and UVB.

4 Smoking

If you think deteriorated teeth are the only tell-tale signs of smoking, this may be news to you that smoking has adverse affects on the overall health of a person. From the risk of contracting lung cancer to digestive issues, smoking has bad effects on the physical outlook of the person.  Smoking makes a person age faster because it makes the blood vessel in the body get narrow including the vessels that feed the epidermis; allowing less oxygen to pass through the body.

3 Free Radicals

Technically speaking, free radicals are formed due to unpaired electrons and are considered to be highly unstable and reactive atoms. The ill choices of food we eat makes the free radicals to form inside our body, meanwhile unhealthy sun exposure is also a fine source of production of free radicals causing harmful consequences including skin cancer. The only way to get rid of the body from these free radicals and restore healthy balance , inside and outside, is the use of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E. Detoxing allows the body to get rid of the presence of free radicals and even slow down the process of aging.

2 Smiles and Frowns

As we age, our skin looses its elasticity causing it to sag as we grow older. Excessive smiling or excessive frowning can leave lines on the face. It is the same reason why we can judge whether someone tends to make a certain expression a lot labelling the person to be smiley, grumpy etc.

1 Irritants

Our skin gets exposed to various chemicals during the day. Whether it is cleaning detergents, body sprays or pollution. Ammonia and bleaches irritates skin the most causing it to scale and show inflammation. Skin irritation is more obvious in some than others depending upon the sensitivity of the skin. The simple way to protect the skin from irritants is to avoid getting the skin in contact with the harmful chemicals by wearing protective gear, such as gloves, over the exposed skin area.

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