Although the skin is the most exposed of our organs and works 24/7 to protect our body from the environment, many of us tend to neglect its proper care, making it susceptible to sun damage, early signs of aging and skin diseases. Fortunately, even the most basic skin care routine can do wonders for your skin’s health and defenses as time goes by, making sure you truly age gracefully.
“The skin is your largest organ and just like you exercise to take care of your other organs, developing a set routine to take good care of it is crucial in helping you maintain the health and beauty you were born with. Once your skin is damaged, it’s incredibly hard to revert back, so you should focus primarily on prevention and secondary on treatment,” says dermatology resident Joyce Park, author of beauty and skin care blog Tea with MD.
When it comes to your skin, you can never be too young to start taking care of it. Rather than fighting your way back to clearer and younger-looking skin, taking a preventative approach by starting early will not only delay the signs of aging and prevent damage, it will also give your skin a strong and healthy foundation as you explore new steps and products that will address your skin’s specific needs as you age, change environments or alter your lifestyle.