Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
Tip of the Week
Healthy Skin, Healthy Life, Healthy You
Do you know that skin is the largest organ of the body and performs many functions to help keep us healthy?
Interesting facts about our skin:
- Protects you from viral, fungal and bacterial infections
- Regulates and maintains body temperature
- Assists in producing Vitamin D
- Melanin in the skin screens and absorbs ultraviolet radiation (UV)
- Repairs and regenerates itself
- Transmits touch, pressure, temperature, pain and itch
To ensure skin continues to function properly, it needs to be protected year-round. We can protect our skin by:
Moisturizing - skin loses more moisture with each birthday that passes. This leads to dry skin and often causes itching. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing to damp skin, this will greatly reduce dry skin and itching.
Sun Protection- UV light exposure damages the skin. Avoid skin damage by wearing long sleeves and hat with a 4-5 inch brim along with sun screen. Sun screens should cover both UVA and UVB rays with a SPF of at least 30. Remember sun screens are not sweat or water proof, so they need to be reapplied every two hours. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Protect your lips as well and seek shade.
Insect Repellents- wear appropriate clothing, check for ticks, use bed nets and insecticide repellents to protect your skin from insect bites.
Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!