Skin's Crucial Role

Are you taking care of your body's largest organ--your skin? Skin is vitally important. It performs many functions that are essential to the body's health and well-being, like protecting internal organs and regulating temperature. Caring for our skin is important to our overall health. But it's natural that we want it to look good too. Luckily, many of the same measures we can take to keep it healthy will also help it look young and more blemish-free.

Medically Reviewed By: Cynthia Haines, MD | Last Review Date: Oct 10, 2010

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