Before you get angry with your facial look, you need to know what you really want in terms of your beauty. Therefore it will become necessary to start a process of defining healthy skin and maintaining beauty in the current toxic world we live in. Your skin is not just what you see but it is much more than the outer surface which is visible for the world to see. The skin generally protects you from:
- Bacteria, dirt and other foreign objects and the ultraviolet rays of the sun
- It also contains the nerve endings that let you have the sense of feeling
- Your skin also plays an important role in regulating your body’s fluids and temperature.
- Below the smooth, hairy outer skin, or epidermis, that we see every day is a thick, strong and elastic layer of tissue known as the dermis. The dermis is richly supplied with blood vessels, sweat and oil glands, and nerve endings.
Healthy skin is smooth, with no breaks in the surface. It is warm and neither dry and flaky nor moist and wrinkled. Healthy skin is actually a mirror of a healthy body.
With the briefs in defining healthy skin, we may not be able to fully comprehend the magnitude of what is at hand. Matters to do with skin care are very complex and demanding. Any little mistake done either knowingly or otherwise will be very disastrous. Doctor Akoury who is also the founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is fellowship trained and certified in anti-aging functional and regenerative medicine, as well as having more than twenty years of accumulated experience in emergency medicine, pediatrics, and a master’s degree in public health. She will be helping us understand more about healthy skin and maintaining beauty in the most professional way. You can therefore schedule for an appointment with her for any matter relating to skincare even as we continue with the discussion of this topic.
Nutrition – To keep your skin healthy, eat a well-balanced diet that includes:
- Plenty of protein foods
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
If you are having a skin problem, such as a pressure sore or a healing surgical incision, you should increase your intake of protein (lean meats, dairy foods and legumes), carbohydrates (breads, cereals), vitamins A, C and E, and zinc. Remember that an extra iron may be needed if you are anemic.
Circulation – The skin is served by a large number of blood vessels, and adequate circulation is needed to maintain skin health. You can help ensure a healthy blood supply by considering the following suggestions:
- Quit smoking – Nicotine in cigarettes causes blood vessels to get small (constrict) and prevents blood, oxygen and nutrients from flowing to the body tissues. Edema, or swelling caused by fluid collecting in the tissues, usually occurs in a part of the body that is not moved frequently and is below the level of the heart. Skin over areas of edema becomes thin and pale and injures easily because of poor circulation. Edema can be prevented by elevating your legs and hands frequently, performing regular Range of Motion (ROM) exercises and wearing compressive stockings.
- Anemia this is a decrease in red blood cells. Oxygen is essential for skin health, and is carried by red blood cells. A decrease in their number means less oxygen gets to the skin, which means that skin cells may become unhealthy or even die. If you’re anemic, then you should get immediate medical attention from your health care provider.
- Vascular Disease, or a narrowing of the blood vessels, can be caused by diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol. This will cause the decrease blood flow to the skin. If this description fits you, then you need to work closely with your health care provider to manage conditions that can lead to vascular disease and cause skin problems.
We have said over and over again that the skin is the largest organ of the body and being what it is, consistent inspection is the best way of determining is healthy or not. In areas where feelings are decreased, skin inspection is essential and should become a habit. This kind of skin inspection can be done effectively when naked preferably after taking a bath, before dressing in the morning or after taking off your clothes in the evening. While appreciating that you may not conclusively inspect the whole of your body, there are special mirrors designed to help you inspect those positions you may not see clearly. You may also train another person to help you do the inspection of those areas you’re not able to see.
It is one thing to inspect your body and another thing all together to know what to look for during the inspection. The following are some of the things you may look for when inspecting your body:
- Any reddened areas
- Scrapes or
- Indentations from seams or elastic binding
Check also for blisters, bumps, insect bites, dry flaky skin or pimples. Feel your skin for any thickening or change in texture, especially over bony areas. Check toenails for any redness or pus formation around the end of the nail. If you notice a problem, try to figure out its cause and make any changes necessary to prevent further problems. Remember that the first step in curing any skin problem is to eliminate the cause.
Pressure Releases: Are you changing your position often enough to relieve pressure over bony prominences? In both bed and wheelchair, change your position according to your skin tolerance. Pressure releases in a wheelchair can be done by pushing straight up, leaning side to side, bending forward over your knees, reclining the seat of your electric wheelchair or having someone tilt you back in your manual chair and never forget to use your wheelchair cushion.
Finally, the business of defining healthy skin and maintaining beauty is for your own good. You need to take this seriously because it will be less costly if you do the right thing from the word go. To help you meet this worthy objective, the services of doctor Dalal Akoury are very much readily available at your disposal. All you need to do is to pick that phone and call her today to schedule for an appointment with her. This will be the best thing you can ever towards defining healthy skin and maintaining beauty for very many years to come.