Your skin is your body’s largest organ. Take excellent care of your skin with these commonly overlooked but important skin care essentials.

Protect Your Skin From UV Rays

Some people think about putting on sunblock only when they’re going to the beach or spending an entire day out in the sun. However, you need to wear a sunblock when you’ll be outside for just fifteen minutes. People can sustain UV damage from the sun in a much shorter amount of time than they could in years passed because the planet’s ozone layer has been depleted so significantly, causing more intense UV rays to pass through. Apart from inflicting sunburns, UV rays can cause long term and serious skin damage or even cancer. Remember to apply sunblock before you go out and keep some with you in your bag or your car.

Hydrate Your Lips

Don’t forget to always have a lip balm with you. Your lips can dry out faster than other parts of your skin because they come into contact with moisture more frequently. You stretch your lips a lot when you just talk and eat, and the thinness of the skin on your lips can make them particularly prone to cracking. In addition to finding vertical cracks, you can get deep horizontal cracks on the side of your lips if you don’t keep them hydrated. When this happens, it can take a while to heal because they’ll continually re-crack almost every time that you open your mouth. Your sense of touch is particularly strong in your lips, so it can be really uncomfortable when they feel cracked or dry.

Fight Blemishes Without Damaging Your Skin

Contrary to popular belief, acne and blemishes aren’t problems that affect only teenagers. Many people contend with acne throughout their adulthood. However, the older that you get, the more concerned you may become about putting harsh acne-fighting chemicals on your face. Many of the most common products that are used to treat acne such as benzoyl peroxide and sulfur-based creams have a drying or irritating effect on skin that could exacerbate the signs of aging. Retinols are an excellent alternative to many topical acne remedies because they can fight acne and also fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You won’t have to worry about avoiding certain areas of your face when you put on an acne treatment, and you can feel good about using a product that acts against acne and the signs of aging.

Exfoliate When You Shower

A quick rinse in the shower with a splash of body wash or soap isn’t going to effectively clean your skin. If you don’t use a washcloth or a body scrubber when you shower, you need to incorporate this into your routine. If you have sensitive skin, you can use a product such as a bath poof or a lightly textured cloth that’s gentle enough to remove dead skin cells without causing you irritation. Leaving these dead cells behind can cause you to have body odor without even realizing it, and it may make your skin appear excessively dry. It’s particularly important that you take time to clean both the top and bottom of your feet, covering your toenails and between your toes. Your body releases toxins through the bottom of your feet, which is why they tend to smell so much more strongly than other parts of your body. Failing to adequately clean them can lead to blocked passages that make it difficult for these toxins to exit, and it could also cause particularly bad foot odor. To remove thick dead skin on the sole of your feet, a rasp or pumice stone can be very effective.