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Our bodies are remarkably intelligent. In this highly technical era, its nice to remind myself that some essential things dont need to be plugged in to work. Our bodies function through multiple systems and organs, and quite often these systems run involuntarily! Take a moment and let that sink in no batteries, just a beautiful pumping heart.
Of all the magnificent organs, the skin might possibly be my favorite. Its our bodys largest organ and has multiple responsibilities. It is our protection system, keeping our internal structures of the body safe from damage while providing a barrier to the outside world, including UV radiation, hot, cold and wet weather as well as germs and harmful substances. The skin is our first line of defense against bacteria and viruses. Through the skin we can have sensory experiences; pressure, touch, heat, cold and pain. The skin is also responsible for keeping our body balanced through the regulation of temperature; producing sweat to cool the body down, or constricting blood vessels from the surface of the body to maintain internal heat in cold environments which manifests on the skin as goose bumps.
The skin is constantly at work. Two of the skins main layers are the Epidermis and the Dermis. A good understanding of how the skin works will help you purchase the best and most useful products for your skin.
What you need to know:
This is the outermost layer of skin and it is constantly being renewed. In this layer, healthy skin cells are created and travel up towards the surface as they flatten out and eventually die. This process, called cell turnover, can take 4-6 weeks when you are younger and gradually slows down as you age. When you look at your skin you are seeing the top layer of the epidermis, which is all dead skin cells. Unseen to the eye, every minute of the day you lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of your skin.
On the outermost layer of your skin there are openings called pores. Some of the pores contain a follicle from which hair grows; others are connected to a sudoriferous gland that produces sweat. Our pores are a common area of concern because they can become clogged quite easily. Connected to the hair follicle is a sebaceous gland, which produces sebum, the skins oily substance that protects from bacterial infection by picking up dead skin cells, dirt and bacteria as it travels up the follicle and then forms a barrier to keep microbes out. When our skin has an over-production of sebum, bacteria may linger in the pore, along with trapped debris and dead skin cells, causing a breakout. There are a few ways to combat this situation, but it is important to note that you cannot realistically shrink your pore size. A better goal is to understand the tools to thoroughly cleanse and de-clog your pores, because when you have clean pores they are less noticeable and therefore appear smaller.
What this means for your Routine:
The skin has a healthy and radiant appearance when the cell turnover process occurs in a timely manner. As we get older, our skin needs help maintaining the proper sloughing off of dead skin cells while maintaining a healthy production of sebum. To achieve clear skin that glows, follow these tips:
- Use cleansers that have a gentle physical exfoliation and/or fruit enzymes to encourage cell renewal that also unclog pores and remove impurities, especially if you wear makeup.
- Use products with a natural source of salicylic acid, such as willow bark and meadowsweet, to help balance sebum production.
What you need to know:
The dermis is a thick inner layer of skin below the epidermis. The dermis contains nerve endings, blood vessels, oil glands, and sweat glands. It also houses collagen and elastin, which ensure that the skin is strong and stable, but also elastic. This is the layer where most of the skins Hyaluronic Acid (HA), the skins natural moisturizing factor, is located. We need to continue healthy production of HA and collagen to maintain strength and flexibility. It is the collagen that gives the skin its firmness but it is the HA that nourishes and hydrates the collagen. The collagen remains bouncy and flexible as long as it is hydrated by HA.
As we age, a few intrinsic (internal) factors contribute to visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Our production of HA decreases along with our production of collagen. When the support and cushion of our skin begins to weaken, wrinkles are formed. A good visual is to imagine multiple rubber bands being pulled and stretched over and over again; eventually they will become overstretched, break and snap. However, if the rubber bands are submerged in a hydrating substance, they can continue to stretch and bounce back. Collagen fibers are similar to rubber bands and our Hyaluronic Acid is the hydrating substance keeping the fibers elastic and the skin supported and healthy. If we can continue to reinforce our HA and collagen production, wrinkles can be prevented and even restored to smooth, even skin.
There are also many extrinsic (external) factors that contribute to wrinkles by stimulating processes that break down our existing collagen and elastin fibers. Smoking, unprotected sun exposure and environments with high pollution are all possible causes.
What this means for your routine:
Skin appears smoother and healthier when the moisture levels are high and the collagen fibers are abundant. To achieve this state, the Hyaluronic Acid needs to be constantly renewed within the dermis. Use a moisturizer with low-molecular, biocompatible HA to replenish the moisture within the dermis to provide a better environment for your collagen to keep its flexibility. Used in this manner, the HA acts as a space filler helping to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles. To get the most effective form of HA, try our Hydrating Floral Essence!
I hope this helps you understand the layers of your skin better and you can feel more confident with your skin care product choices. Whenever you need any clarification about which Tata Harper Products are the best for your skin, dont hesitate to call us at 1-877-321-8282, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!