The skin is the one-off largest organ of the human body. A healthy skin acts as a protective barrier against the physical, biological and chemical hazards. The thickness of a normal skin is 1/8 of an inch and it composes 10% of our overall body weight. Our skin consists of two layers; outer layer or epidermis and the inner layer or dermis. The outer layer forms the barrier.
Skin reacts when exposed to unsuitable environment for long. The skin irritants include heat, wind, pollution and cold etc. and they damage the skin badly.
Heat brings about sweating. Sweat liquefies the chemicals bringing them in close contact with the skin. Heat promotes the blood flow at the surface of the skin and allows the substances to get penetrated into the body speedily.
Skin becomes extra dry when exposed to cold. Sometimes the dryness leads to the skin cracking. These skin cracks allow the dirt and other impurities to cross the outer skin layer and enter the body easily.
Sun is the most dangerous foe of our skin. The rays emitted by the sun completely destroy the skin; sunburn, which ultimately can lead to skin cancer, is one example of damage caused by the sun.
- Don full sleeve pants and shirts so that the less body skin is exposed to the sun.
- Wear a brimmed hat while working outdoors.
- Apply a sunscreen with high sun protection formula almost half an hour before hitting outdoors.
- Make sure to rinse your hands thoroughly during and after the work.
- Don’t forget donning gloves while handling chemicals.
- Don’t go outside when the sunrays are most intense from 10am-3pm.
- Intake plenty of water and balanced and healthy diet.
- Follow a skincare regimen regularly to keep the skin clean and well-moisturized.