Your skin is a vital organ, just like your heart, lungs, kidneys, and stomach. Without it, you’d be dead. It stops bacteria and viruses from killing us, heals cuts and wounds, and is a cushion and barrier to all of our internal organs. Yet, so many of us neglect our skin.
We all go through seasons of neglect. We neglect our diet. We neglect to exercise. We neglect things around us, like our home or our car. This is normal and not something you should feel guilty about. Seasons of neglect may be because your mother, father, or spouse died, and you’re grieving. It may be because you just had a baby, and all of your time and attention is focused on the beautiful new life you brought into this world. You may be neglecting self-care because you just don’t have time. Between work, cooking, cleaning, and caring for your spouse and kids, you are sometimes on the back burner.
Neglect is just one way we harm our skin (doing nothing is another). MDPen, a leader in micro needling pen technology, will review several ways you harm your skin. Contact us today!
WAYS WE HARM OUR SKIN
- Neglect. We said it above, but neglect is one of the top ways we do harm to our skin. By doing nothing for it, except washing it when it’s dirty, we are doing a huge disservice to it. A daily skin care routine is essential for skin health, longevity, and youthfulness.
- Overcare of your skin. Just as neglect is harmful to the skin, so is overcare. You can overwash your skin and use harsh chemicals that really aren’t helpful, leaving your skin cracked, dried out, prone to infections and inflammations, and even make signs of aging worse. Exfoliating daily is also counterproductive for your skin care.
- Smoking. Hopefully, we’ve all heard how smoking is bad for our health, especially our lungs. However, smoking harms our skin as well. It causes premature signs of aging from constantly pursing your lips. It robs your skin of moisture it needs to stay plump and youthful. It increases your risk of skin cancer.
- Tanning. The sun’s rays hit us every time we leave the house, including the sun’s harmful UV-rays. When we visit a tanning booth, our exposure only increases when we use a traditional tanning bed. Any darkening of your skin is skin damage, which can lead to mutated cells that cause skin cancers such as melanoma. This can hasten signs of aging with repeated exposure, including sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Brown spots can even form as well as problems with skin tone.
- Tugging, pinching, or poking the skin. As resilient as your skin is, it is very delicate as well, especially at its thinnest spots, such as around the eyes and lips, and your hands. When you tug, pinch, or poke your skin, you can cause damage to the delicate collagen and elastin inside the skin’s cells that are responsible for its pliability and reboundability. Lines and wrinkles can appear as a result.
- Picking your skin. Think of a papercut. A small sharp edge easily cuts your skin. So when you cause injury to your skin through picking pimples, scabs, or ingrown hairs, scarring can result.
- Not changing your skin care products with the seasons. The weather plays a big role in the degeneration of your skin, and it only makes sense that since the weather varies, you need to vary the protection of your skin. In the winter, you need to moisturize and hydrate due to the dry air we’re surrounded by and the artificial heat inside our homes and offices that dry out our skin. In the spring, exfoliate to get rid of dead cell buildup. In the summer, wear sunscreen and use antioxidants to protect against free radicals since you’ll be exposed to the sun more. In the fall, exfoliate again to rid your skin of summer sun damage.
MDPen, a leader in micro needling pens, urges you not to neglect yourself for too long, especially when it comes to your body. It’s much easier to gain 20 pounds than to lose it. Similarly, your skin can deteriorate as well at an alarming rate when left to the elements to take their toll. Premature aging of the skin occurs from the elements mostly, but can occur from neglect of your skin simply by not thinking about it. Below, we’ll review steps to take to prevent future damage to your skin.
HOW TO PREVENT FUTURE DAMAGE TO THE SKIN
- Wear sunscreen daily. If you do nothing else, sunscreen will be your lifesaver and prevent most signs of premature aging and aging in general.
- Leave acne, pimples, blemishes, and scabs alone.
- Don’t overwash your face.
- Match your skin care routine to the seasons.
- Be mindful of rubbing your eyes, tugging your skin, and pursing your lips or frowning a lot (simple cure here is smile!).
- Wear sunglasses.
- Don’t smoke.
- Eat foods good for the skin (high in vitamins and minerals).
- Exercise to keep skin from stretching in the first place.
- Invest in self-care. A latte from Starbucks with a good friend is enough to give you a warm feeling on most days.
Most of the harm we do to our skin is unconscious, which is natural. Our lives are full and if we thought of every process our body goes through daily, we’d never get anything done (thank god for involuntary muscles!). This is why forming a skin care routine is vital to maintaining the optimal health of your skin. Routine and habits are the way to add in life changes without thinking about it, like brushing your teeth before bed — and it’s the secret to achieving goals as well.
MICRONEEDLING AND SKIN CARE
Despite our best efforts, your skin will age as a natural part of the aging process. Luckily, in the 21st century, we have access to other technologies that can help us stay youthful just a bit longer. One of these non invasive cosmetic procedures is microneedling. What is microneedling? Microneedling is the process of artificially inducing your skin’s natural healing process to produce collagen and elastin (the major proteins in your skin cells which give your skin its shape and elasticity). This process helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles because the skin will plump up from the extra buildup of collagen and elastin. Because microneedling kick-starts your healing process, acne scars, stretch marks (which are a form of scarring), and skin pigmentations can improve in appearance since your body is stimulated to try and heal these areas.
MDPen is a leading supplier of microneedling equipment to practitioners of microneedling. We produce microneedling pens, our own skin care line designed to promote healing and boosting of the skin, and marketing materials for practitioners. We offer financing on our microneedling pens, so practitioners can get started right away in improving their patients’ lives through microneedling. We also offer amazing microneedling practitioner support, including warranties on our equipment and advanced microneedling workshops so our practitioners can gain hands-on experience in microneedling and learn the latest in technology. MDPen is passionate about helping your care for your skin, so you can look your best. Visit our News page to learn more!