Herbal & Wellness

Skin Care

by April

Relax * Renew * Rejoice

Skin

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and plays an important role in our health. It is made up of three layers, each layer with its own important role.

 

The outside layer is the epidermis.  The bottom of the epidermis constantly forms new cells, which eventually die at the top of the epidermis (i.e. surface of the skin).  Old cells die and eventually flake off, to be replaced with the newly formed cells. In fact, every minute of the day we lose between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface of our skin! The cell turnover rate, the rate at which cells are formed and die, is generally every 28 days. It is important to exfoliate these dead skin cells, in order to keep our live skin cells healthy, and to keep the cell turnover rate from increasing. As we age, this cell turnover rate increases; this is why the aging population, if not caring properly for their skin, has dull skin compared to that of a child that has a very high cell turnover rate.

 

The second layer, right under the epidermis, is called the dermis. The dermis contains nerve endings, blood vessels, oil glands and sweat glands, and also tough and stretchy collagen and elastin.

 

The third and bottom layer is subcutaneous fat. It is made up mostly of fat that aid in keeping our body warm, as well as to absorb shocks, such as bumps or bruises. The subcutaneous layer also connects our skin to other tissues.

 

* Skin concerns generally arise from a number of conditions. Rashes, infections from bacteria, skin irritations, acne, fungal infections, and other common skin disorders can be very discomforting. Short-term skin conditions can include sunburn, itches, insect bits, minor skin cuts, and bruises. Other concerns take place during the aging process. As we age, the skin becomes thin, pigmented, less elastic, along with other dreadful characteristics.

 

While skin conditions may not be fully reversed, daily skincare regimens, along with occasional skincare services, make a tremendous difference in the overall health and appearance of the skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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