Survival Skin Care Basics

Our skin is our biggest organ in the body. Just like every other organ, the skin plays a major factor in our survival. It helps us regulate body temperature. Protects our inner organs from exposure and outside threats. There are three layers of skin; epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous. It can renew itself, by shedding 40,000 skin cells a minute. It completes this process every 28 days. So, why is it that no prepping magazine every discusses any sort of skincare hacks? Because nobody puts much thought into it because it isn’t as cool as firearms or food rationing. If you don’t treat your skin right then you’ll get sore, rashes, and blisters, which leads to infection, which leads to death, which ends with more zombies. I feel you should take care of your skin as much as you do your bug out bag. Survival Skin Care Basics:

It Puts The Lotion On The Skin

During dry spells, you’ll want to keep your skin moisturized with a good lotion. Your hands can easily get dry and crack if not kept hydrated. This leads to painful cuts on the palm and fingers. If this happens you’ll struggle to use your hands which are your most valuable body part in a fight against zombies. Remember you feel pain, but they don’t. Eventually, you’ll find yourself using the last drop of lotion. Fear not as there are many alternatives such as shea butter, almond oil, cocoa butter, and aloe vera.

The Sun Is Not Your Friend

The sun produces harmful UV rays that have been proven to cause a whole mess of problems with folks. It can cause short and long-term damage, and it’s the leading cause of skin cancer. It can lead to heatstroke brought on by dehydration. The sun can dry out the skin faster bringing on hives and other rashes. To fight this you must make using SPF products a priority. SPF can be found in all sunscreens available. But, be careful because too much SPF and it’s useless, too little it won’t do anything at all. Scientists say the recommended level is 20-30. If you find you burn way too easily in the sun consider dropping to an SPF level of 8-12. Once the store brands run out to consider alternative choices such as carrot seed, sesame, and wheat germ oil.

The Importance of Exfoliation

By exfoliating your skin you are evening out the skin layer. You are also revealing the fresh skin cells that were underneath. As we age our ability to make new skin cells decrease. The dead skin cells will give you a dull appearance, which can lead to your team mistaking you for a zombie in the dead of the night. Exfoliating can help unclog your pores which prevents acne from developing. You don’t want to over-exfoliate because this process can cause damage to the skin if done excessively. This is why it is recommended you do it once a week. You can make your own by mixing ground flax seeds with honey. If acne is your problem mix a half cup of uncooked oatmeal with a tablespoon of oil.

Shake That Money Maker

Whether we like to admit it, we all like dancing. Dancing is a fun way to blow off stress and let loose. It also helps you sweat. Sweating is not just important in skincare, but for the rest of the body as well. Sweating helps the body clear out toxins. It helps aid in the removal of dead skin cells. Sweat can clean out the pores to prevent pimples. That’s not all, it helps produce endorphins to keep you motivated. It lowers your risk of gall and kidney stones. Sweating can even boost the immune system to prevent illnesses like cold and flu. So next time you start dancing at the big meeting tell your boss you are doing it in the name of health.

Don’t Touch It

Remember in middle school when the nurse told you it’s bad to pop your pimples, but you didn’t listen and did it anyway. Well, I’m here to remain you that your nurse was right. Popping pimples only makes dirt go deeper into your pores. It also spreads the gunk across your face, so instead of one pimple, you now have five. This can also lead to scars, and pitting on the face. Sometimes exposed pimples can get infected leading to staph. If you are unable to find a medical treatment there are many natural alternatives besides popping available to you. You can mix lemon juice with rosewater or grounded nut oil. Honey with apple pulp or cinnamon works nicely. The allicin in garlic is a good antibiotic. Try grinding it into a crude paste and applying it to the infected area.

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Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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