Although you may not think of it as such, your skin is your body's largest organ. It plays an essential role; it regulates body temperature, its nerve endings provide a sense of touch, and most importantly it holds in your internal organs. Your skin has three layers- the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. The bottom two layers produce oil and collagen, which gives your skin its shine, elasticity and support. The skin undergoes a continual process of regeneration, and to help it along, it is important that you take care of it.
The easiest and most obvious thing you can do for your skin is to clean it. Shower or bathe regularly (at least once per day), focusing on the areas where you perspire frequently. Wash the face twice daily with a mild cleanser and warm water; massaging carefully in a circular motion. Don't scrub as it will worsen skin conditions like acne. You should also be careful not to overwash as it can damage the skin and make it red and sore. Be sure to keep your hands clean because they can spread dirt and germs from one part of the body to another.
Before you buy or decide upon skincare products, you should learn your skin type. There are four different types: dry, oily, sensitive and normal/combination. Stress can cause even more problems with sensitive skin, such as acne breakouts. Some people think that a tan can hide acne, but it only temporarily conceals it. Tans cause the body to produce extra oils, making the acne worse, but excessive sun exposure can cause even worse skin problems like cancer.
You can improve your skin's condition by practicing good hygiene, nutrition and by exercising. You may not believe it, but the things you drink and eat have a real effect on your skin's appearance and health. Eat lots of fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and fruit, and drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin. Science suggests that a diet with reduced fat, high vitamin C and the right carbohydrates can offer more youthful-looking skin. You only get one skin, so it's important that you take care of it to the best of your ability.