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Skincare 101

Posted on September 8, 2016 at 4:15 PM

What is the Skin?

Our skin is an incredible organ, in fact the largest organ of the body which spans a total area of about 20 square feet.Skin protects us from  environmental factors such as free radicals, the elements and the sun. It helps to regulate our body temperature and allows us to feel senses such as touch, heat and cold. The skin contains three layers including the epidermis, the dermis, and the deeper subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. the layer of skin that we see with the naked eye, and it provides a waterproof protective barrier. Our skin is responsible for providing protection and creating our skin tones. Skin color is produced by cells called melanocytes which produces melanin that causes uus to have different skin tones.The dermis is skin that lies beneath the epidermis and contains connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands. The deeper layer is the Subcutaneous tissue and is made of fat and more connective tissue.


Epidermis is in charge of:

MAKING NEW CELLS

GIVING SKIN PIGMENTATION

PROTECTING THE BODY


Dermis is in charge of:

PRODUCING SWEAT

SENSATION

GROWING HAIR

PRODUCING OIL

BRINGING BLOOD FLOW TO THE SKIN


Subcutaneous tissue is in charge of:

ATTACHING SKIN TO MUSCLES AND BONES

CONTROLLING BODY TEMPERATURE

STORING FAT


It is important to know about the skin in order to take the best care of it and keep it healthy. Always remember great skincare comes from the inside out. 


*In the next addition of Skincare 101 I will be discussing what gives us our skin color and different skin types.


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