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The skin is the body's largest organ. It protects us from the world’s harsh elements and adds to our beauty. Since the skin does so much for us, it is only natural that we return the favor by protecting and caring for it as well.

Most advice on skin care is common sense. We know what is bad for us, but sometimes we could use a reminder or two.

- Be careful in the sun. Use sunscreen and wear a hat if necessary. Damage caused from the sun is the number one cause of wrinkles and also increases your risks for some types of skin cancer. It is never too late to start protecting your skin from UV rays.
- Develop a skin cleansing routine and stick to it. The cleansing process should involve cleaning, toning and moisturizing.
- Prevent dead skin cells from blocking pores by exfoliating your skin regularly.
- Practice common sense with good nutrition, exercise and by not smoking. Smoke is a pollutant to the skin.
- Drink plenty of water. Water hydrates the skin and keeps it looking healthy.
- Find your skin type and care for it accordingly.

All of us have different skin types that can be categorized by dry, oily or normal. Just as our skin type is unique, so should be our cleansing techniques. Though, one thing remains true for all skin types- wash your face twice a day, preferably at morning and at night.

Dry Skin-
-The most important thing for dry skin is moisture. Add moisture with a good moisturizing cream made for dry or sensitive skin.
-Wash your face twice a day with a soapless cleanser. This will help your skin retain moisture. Also be sure to use something non-irritating, no loofahs.

Oily Skin-
-Use products that are oil free. This way you are not adding to the problem. Using a water-based product is ideal.
-Use an astringent to soak up excess oil in the skin. A product containing witch hazel or alcohol is best. Be careful not to overdo it. You could end up drying out or irritating your skin.

Normal Skin-
-Clean skin with products made for balanced skin. Keep your routine neutral by making sure you stay in-between oily and dry. A good moisturizing cleanser should be efficient.

Keep up with the seasons. Just as they change, so will your skin. You may find your skin to be dry in the winter and oilier in the summer. Adjust your routine for seasonal changes and experiment by finding what works best for you.