Did you know that the biggest organ in our body is our skin? Our skin forms a barrier for maintaining our internal homeostasis, biological and chemical processes that occur inside our bodies, and the external world. Our skin in mostly exposed to external free-radicals, prone to sun weather damage, accidents and trauma. Daily stresses are likely to show up at face value (excuse the pun!) – at the most exposed part of your body: your face.

Our number 1 tip: Know your skin type/needs.

According to the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the truth is that inferior skin products, the majority of creams used on our faces, do not even penetrate the epidermis. The skin is made up of two primary layers: the epidermis and the dermis.

The first layer is called the epidermis which is the outer layer of the skin. The second later, beneath the epidermis (see diagram) is the dermis. The dermis is the level of skin which contains hair follicles, and oil is produced at the sebaceous gland (e. g. so that’s where all that oil comes from!) Dermatologists have reiterated time and time again the importance of using sunscreen, which should be integrated as your skincare routine.

Sunscreen should always be used even if on a cloudy day as over time, the long-term effects of the sun on your facial skin will lead to accelerated ageing.

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen, particularly ones that contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. The main reason is because these two ingredients are fabulous for physically blocking the powerful but harmful rays of the glorious sun we love so much.

Although we humans are natural lovers of the skin, truth is it is not great for maintaining a youthful look, and, unfortunately, like most things in life, can only be enjoyed in moderation.