National Love Your Skin Day is celebrated on July 8. The holiday, introduced by cosmetics company ‘Dermastart,’ aims to get the public interested in building up a skincare routine. The skin is exposed to wear and tear every day, U.V. rays and harsh elements try to strip away its protective layers. The effects of this erosion don’t show immediately, but they build up over time. Small things like moisturizing, using sunscreen, and drinking lots of water go a long way in keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy. Skincare doesn’t have to be a complex, expensive routine.
History of National Love Your Skin Day
Skincare is a popular trend in today’s world. The number of toners, cleansers, exfoliants, face masks, and hundreds of other cosmetics and products are staggering. One might think that skincare is a recent phenomenon. But that isn’t the case at all. Throughout human history, our ancestors found ingenious ways to preserve the vitality of their skin. Queen Cleopatra, who lived between 69 B.C. and 30 B.C., is a notable example. Cleopatra was famed for her stunning appearance, and she owed this to her intensive skincare regimen. The queen of Egypt washed her face multiple times a day with apple cider vinegar, bathed in milk, and was one of the first to use sea salt scrubs and essential oils. Cleopatra also applied honey to her face and used rose water to clear up pimples.
In the 1700s and 1800s, skincare was a preserve of the wealthy. Societies were heavily labor-intensive, so peasant farmers and blue-collar factory workers had little time or money to spend on makeup and skincare routines. Well-maintained skin denoted a higher social status, while darker, rougher skin was a sure sign one came from a humble background. European aristocrats and nobles wore wigs and powdered their faces instead of washing off makeup. They also took milk baths and sat in saunas to open up the pores.
The 1900s ushered in a new era for skincare. Products like sunscreen were developed. Industrialization made mass production of cosmetics possible. Ordinary citizens could now afford some of these products. Developments in science taught consumers and companies more about caring for the skin.
National Love Your Skin Day timeline
Obsessed with maintaining a youthful appearance, Egyptian royals used lotion made of castor oil, milk, honey, and herbs.
Hildegard of Bingen invents moisturizer by boiling barley, straining it, and applying it on her face like a paste.
Vaseline is patented, with early brands made from leftover oil-rig residue in machine pumps.
Coppertone sunscreen is invented in Florida.
Dame Anita Roddick founded ‘The Body Shop,’ introducing products like ‘Body Butter’, an instant bestseller.
National Love Your Skin Day FAQs
What is basic skincare?
A basic skincare routine has cleansing, moisturizing, and sunscreen.
How do you get clear skin?
Moisturizing, staying hydrated, and washing your skin twice daily helps to keep it clear.
What foods clear your skin?
Fresh fruit and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and dark green vegetables make your skin clear and healthy.
National Love Your Skin Day Activities
Have a spa day
A relaxing spa day is what your skin needs to feel rejuvenated and healthy. You can book an appointment or set up a D.I.Y. session at home. You’ll feel mentally refreshed and confident in your appearance.
Find out your skin type
There are tests you can do at home to determine your skin type. Knowing your skin type helps you develop a skincare routine that works for you, rather than settling for a generic formula that isn’t effective.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is the simplest and cheapest way to take care of your skin. Drinking water helps your skin maintain elasticity, balances pH, and flushes toxins from the body.
5 Mind-Blowing Facts About Skin
Always repairing itself
Your skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 cells per minute and renews every 28 days.
Tons of dust
About half of the dust in your home is dead skin, and dead skin comprises roughly a billion tons of dust in the earth’s atmosphere.
A walking petri dish
Your skin is home to over 1,000 different types of bacteria.
That tingling feeling
The skin has five different types of receptors that respond to pain and touch; some nerves are connected to muscles, receiving signals from the spinal cord to respond to physical stimuli.
The average person’s skin covers two square meters and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
Why We Love National Love Your Skin Day
Good for health
Skincare is not just cosmetic. It has health benefits like protection from germs, pollutants, U.V. rays, and other harmful microorganisms. Healthy skin also keeps fluids in the body, preventing dehydration.
Look good, feel good
Taking care of your skin leaves it looking radiant and healthy. Flawless skin is a self-esteem boost.
As people age, their skin naturally loses its elasticity and glow. Wrinkles begin to form, and the skin starts to sag. A skincare routine keeps your body youthful and supple, helping you age gracefully.
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