S.O.S.

SAVE OUR SKIN!

Those of us here in the Northeast US are over this bitter, basically weather. I’m not good at over moisturizing throughout wintertime. When the idea of spring comes around, I break out all the exfoliators & deep treatments to make up for lost time. But, we can do more than surface work to help our skin.

What is skin?

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it serves as a protective barrier. Its health and surface appearance are determined by environmental factors as well as the function of the components that comprise the layers below.

https://www.skinceuticals.com/skin_explained_understanding_skin_animation.html

The skin has three layers, and there’s unique ways of caring for each of them. The epidermis is the top layer of skin. It directly protects us from the environment & is where our skin pigment is produced. The topmost layer of the epidermis is mostly dead already, which is why it can flake, crack and bleed when we don’t take care of it. + This is later of skin primarily affected by skin cancer. The dermis is the middle layer of skin. It is considered the “operations center” for the skin & contains collagen and elastin, providing structure. Neglecting the epidermis can lead to wrinkles and age spots. The hypodermis is the deepest layer of skin. It’s made up of mostly fat & works to insulate your body. Having too much or too little fat in your hypodermis can cause issues with body temperature regulation.

How to care for the layers of your skin:

Epidermis:

  • Wash it everyday
  • Moisturized constantly
  • Wear sunscreen daily
  • Don’t pick at blemishes

Dermis:

  • Take collagen & elastin supplements
  • Avoid UV exposure
  • Exfoliate lightly
  • Consume more Vitamin C
  • Don’t pull your skin

Hypodermis:

  • Eat healthy
  • Drink water
  • Take vitamins

The skin is our first and foremost line of defense. It’s our armor & it’s time to get fortified.