Keeping your skin health normally comes down to two basic things: keeping it clean and keeping it nourished. You keep it clean to protect it from diseases and destruction. You nourish your skin to keep it vibrant and colorful. Most of the actions you can take to keep your skin healthy are common sense and don’t require much more than good hygiene practices and proper cleansing.
1. When in the shower, do not stand under the water flow as you rub the soap over your body. The soap needs to remain on your body for at least twenty seconds if it is going to kill germs, bacteria, and such. Stand away from the shower spray and allow the soap to sit on your skin for the time necessary before rinsing.
2. Do not over-scrub your skin. This can cause tiny abrasions on the skin; supplying any waiting microscopic entities with an entry point into your skin. Even if there isn’t any still remaining on your skin at the time, the abrasions will not heal as soon as you step out of the tub or shower. Your skin will still be vulnerable to the invasion of skin diseases until they do heal. Instead, gently wash your skin.
3. Wash your hands often. Every chance you have, wash your hands with soap and water. Your hands touch so many people, places, and things everyday there is no way you will be able to account for it all. Hand washing is the number one form of protection against skin diseases as well as any other communicable diseases to which you may have unknowingly been exposed.
4. Clothes which are too tight on the body are often a hindrance to our skin’s defenses. The skin is an excretory system which rids itself of toxins. When clothing is too tight, the skin has no outlets to send the toxins out through.
5. Showering in any public shower can be risky. These places are havens for skin diseases. Always wear shower shoes, even if you know the people you are showering with. Do not share towels or wash cloths. Wash any items you used after every use. You don’t know what could have caught a ride on your towels and wash clothe from the shower, bench, lockers, or even floor.
6. Do not walk around bare foot; inside or outside. Your feet cover a lot of ground in any given day. So do everyone else’s. Dangerous and irritating little bugs are picked up and travel around on footwear. Bare feet are a prime target for these potentially dangerous entities. Wear shoes outside. Wear slippers or socks inside.
7. Sweaty clothes are a playground for bacteria. And your body will become susceptible to anything on it. Remove sweaty clothing as soon as possible. Any type of fabric which keeps the sweat off of your body is a great way to help limit the exposure or possibility of infection. Cotton is a great example.
8. Any injuries should be cleaned and treated as soon as possible. Open wounds, no matter how small, are great entry points for infection. Clean the area with soap and water. Apply antibiotic ointment if possible to ward off infection. Do not touch areas on another person’s body which have uncovered wounds. You can pick up the infection lurking on the other person.
9. At the gym, wipe down any equipment before you use it. Even more importantly, wipe down any mats before you touch or lie on them. Mats are often teeming with many skin disease causing bugs. Take the two minutes to properly wipe down the area. Avoid catching potentially dangerous skin diseases.
10. Use gloves when handling chemicals, food, or any type of dangerous (animal or human feces) substance. Gloves will protect your skin and prevent bacteria from finding a home or temporary transportation to a new location.
11. Eat healthy. A healthy diet full of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, lean proteins, and low on fats can keep your skin and the rest of your body in top condition; able to ward off infections.