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Practicing Good Hygiene and Keeping Skin Healthy

By Stephen R. Farris

Trying to keep your skin healthy can be a bit of a challenge. Your skin can dry out and crack for a number of reasons, such as too much exposure to extreme heat or cold, lack of moisture, or if you're in the healthcare, restaurant, or any other occupation that requires frequent washing of your hands and arms, that can cause drying and cracking as well.

Our skin is the largest organ our body's have, and it's important that we take care of it. Let's take a look at several ways to keep our skin from drying and cracking often, especially if you are required to wash your hands and arms several times per day.

Use Warm Water

You definitely need to minimize germs as much as possible, no matter if you're a cook/wait staff in a restaurant, doctor, nurse, or simply at home in your kitchen preparing meals for your family. The best way to keep germs at bay and your skin healthy is to wash with warm water and soap.

Which Kind of Soap?

Our skin needs to have a certain amount of moisture in order to stay healthy and vibrant. So when it comes to washing your skin, you want to use a soap that contains moisturizer. Liquid soaps are best over the longtime standard soap bars.


After washing your skin you might apply additional moisturizer. Moisturizers are good for you for many reasons.

  • Restore the barrier function of the epidermis
  • Provides a protective layer
  • Fills in the small crevices of the scales
  • Increases water content of the epidermis
  • Acts as a soothing agent for the skin
  • Improves appearance and texture

Blot Dry 

Instead of using cloth towels, try blotting your skin with a paper towel after washing. A lot of cloth towels can be rough on skin.

Practicing good hygiene and keeping your skin healthy should be a part of your daily routine.

If you have questions concerning your overall health, or you're experiencing aches and pains in your back, joints and neck, consult with your local chiropractor. They can provide you with tips and suggestions to your concerns, and even provide you with relief for those problems you might be experiencing with your back, joints and neck.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

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