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Beauty Brief of Your Skin

Your skin is much more than an outer surface for the world to see, it is the largest organ in your body and your body's first line of defense. Being on the outside it has its advantages and disadvantages.  One of the advantages is that you can see it.  If something goes wrong with your skin, you usually know it right away, such as redness, rashes, scaling, acne, warts, tumors, sun spots, wrinkling, etc. It performs a list of life sustaining tasks such as;   

  • It assists in protecting your internal organs from injury and infection.
  • Helps detoxify waste through perspiration.
  • Provides an important line of immune defense against infections, including viruses and bacteria.
  • Protects you against extreme changes in temperature through its thermal regulatory effects of controlling heat flow between you and your environment.
  • It produces and stores vitamin D, which is important to your immune system.
  • Rich in receptors, it allows you to sense conditions around you by sending information to your brain so you can react to it for self preservation.
  • It protects your body from sunburns.
  • It protects you from dehydration.

The loss of any of these functions will compromise your health and can accelerate the normal signs of aging. Simply put, your skin plays a major role in your health.  It functions as an organ that can absorb and excrete nutrients and toxins through your pores and the condition of your skin is a powerful reflection of just how healthy you are on the inside. All too often we take our skin for granted.

It is very important to understand what your skin is up against, the stratum corneum, the outer surface of the epidermis is sloughed off continually as new cells take its place.  But as we age, this sloughing process slows down.  In a healthy young person, their skin consists of 3 full, thick layers (epidermis, dermis and fat cells) with a smooth stratum corneum and the cell turnover occurs approximately every 29 days.  But by the time we are postmenopausal, each skin layer becomes thinner and the stratum corneum becomes rougher, the cell turnover process can take up to 45 to 50 days, which is one of the reasons our skin loses the freshness of youth as the years go by. It begins with gradual changes such as; increase in dryness after the age of 30 due to less oil produced by the glands, thinning of skin after the age of 40, loss of firmness after the age of 50 due to the reduction of collagen and elastin, diminished immune response and reduced ability to repair damage and loss of temperature control.

Collagen, a protein, is one of the substances that give our skin its youthfulness; it is especially susceptible to damage from free radicals.  Although the free radicals are entirely natural, they are a byproduct of normal bodily processes and they can also become extremely treacherous.  Because every time free radicals seek to stabilize themselves, they damage healthy cells.  Worse, free radicals are not just manufactured by our own bodies.  Free radicals are also unleashed by external factors such as sunlight, cigarette smoke and pollution. Happily, our skin has allies in its continuing fight against free radical damage. "With the proper care and attention you can have fabulous skin in your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond". 


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