Skin

Skin

Healthy skin does far more than keep you looking and feeling beautiful. It’s also essential for health and your very survival. Your skin is one of the largest organs in your body. It consists of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis or subcutaneous fatty tissue. Skin performs three essential functions.

  • Protection. The skin’s main function is to protect everything that lies beneath it. It acts as a cushion against insults to your body. It alerts your body of danger (through sensation). It’s also your body’s first line of defence against invading micro-organisms, radiation and chemicals. It even protects you from temperature extremes – helping maintain your body temperature at the 37oC needed to keep you alive.
  • Regulation. The skin helps regulate several key components including, your body temperature (via sweat and insulation), fluid balance (via sweat) and circulation. It’s also needed by your body to make vitamin D.
  • Sensation. Your skin allows you to sense things, like heat, cold, touch, and pain. It does this through an extensive network of nerve cells that detect changes in your surroundings.

Beautiful skin from the inside

“True beauty comes from within” – anonymous

People have recognised the value of topical skin care formulations in keeping the skin young and beautiful since 3000 B.C. But only now are we realising that the nutrients we provide our skin on the inside are just as important as what we apply to the outside.

Your skin receives nourishment from the blood vessels supplying layers deep below the surface. Each skin cell, forming part of your top layer of skin called the epidermis, is born on the inside, and takes 15-30 days to migrate towards the outside as it matures. Soon after it reaches the surface it drops off to make space for the younger cells who are awaiting their day in the sun. The nutrients in the blood supplying your young epidermal skin cells will determine how healthy, supple and youthful they look when they reach the outside. Proper nutrition can also help keep the structural components, such as keratin, collagen and elastin, in the deeper layers of the skin, strong and youthful, to prevent wrinkles and sagging.

Also see Wrinkles


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PLEASE NOTE: Products are ranked in decreasing order of potency. Products listed nearer the top of any particular health need are the most effective and have the most scientific research to support their use in respect of such health need. Multiple products, one from each bullet (•) can be combined with products from other bullets for added effectiveness, if needed, since products from different bulleted lines have different mechanisms of action. However, where more than one product is listed within a particular bullet (•), then only one of these products should be used, since all products listed within the same bullet share an identical or similar pharmacology (mechanism of action) for that condition. This is because whenever a particular condition is treated via multiple different mechanisms of action, the result is generally improved effectiveness. However, when products are combined that work via exactly the same mechanism of action, then no extra benefit is obtained.

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