The Beginning: Know the skin you're in!

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 THE BEGINNING

“Wash, wash, wash. Tone, tone, tone. Strip the oil, then add an oil-free moisturizer to replace the oil. This is how we've been taught to care for our skin. It seems a little crazy when you see it in print, right? Take all that oil out and add chemicals to replace it. Nuts!” -Yancy Lael, Glowing: Soulful Skincare

The skin is the largest organ in our bodies. But what does that mean, exactly? The skin is a system that comprised of hair, nails, glands and specialized receptors, protects us from the outside elements. But the skin's functions don't stop there. Here are nine more of it's purposes:

  1. Protects from physical, chemical, biological, thermal and electrical damage.
  2. Maintains a steady temperature in the body.
  3. Regulates moisture, prevents excessive entry and evaporation of water.
  4. Prevents excessive loss of minerals.
  5. Converts UV rays into vitamin D3, which is part of the vitamin D complex that helps us maintain strong bones by enhancing absorption of calcium and other minerals.
  6. It is a highly sensory organ, responds to heat, cold, pain, pleasure and pressure.
  7. Metabolizes and stores fat.
  8. Secretes sebum, which is an oily lubricating substance.
  9. Assists in several processes of secretion of salts, urea, water and toxins via sweating.

The skin is made of three layers (epidermal, dermal and subcutaneous). The EPIDERMAL LAYER is the outermost and thinnest layer. It doesn't contain blood vessels but it has small nerve endings and is where we see the results of genetics and lifestyle habits: wrinkles, flakes, sunburn, etc. The epidermis is made up of a form of keratin proteins, which are resistant to water and chemicals and are the shield that truly protect us. The cells that produce your skin's pigment are also found in the epidermis. 

Tara M, Photo by Diana Zapata

In the DERMAL LAYER, we find collagen and elastin, the fibers that give the skin it's strength. It has an abundant supply of blood, giving that look of vitality. 

The last layer, the SUBCUTANEOUS LAYER, is made up of fat and it connects to the muscle tissue. This fat is a great thing, as it gives contour to your face and makes it look smooth. Fat is also a great foundation for your skin and it acts as an insulator protecting your internal organs. 

MORE THAN BLOOD VESSELS, COLLAGEN AND FAT...

In learning how to properly care for our skin, we must also keep in mind that besides an effective skincare routine, there are many other factors that affect how our skin looks and feels. It is not quite enough to clean and nourish. Hormonal changes produce an imbalance in the skin, cigarette smoke can age the face, excessive sun exposure can be highly destructive and stress directly affects our skin. 

Starting from the inside out, leading a balanced lifestyle is the most important. Meditation has proven to be helpful in many areas, and improvement in how the skin looks is not the exception. Learning to eat properly and nourish our bodies from the inside out is as important as applying the right products.

Everything we put in our skin is absorbed into the body, whether that is chemicals, essential oils or detergent, soaps and creams. This is why it's so important to learn where our products are coming from, and never just trust labels. Trust the ingredients list! 

Visit the shop and learn more about our products and our fully disclosed list of natural ingredients!

See you next time.

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Sources:
•The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood
•Organic Body Care, Stephanie Tourles.

 

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