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All Skin is Worthy of Praise

Sep 8, 2008
It's easy to take our skin for granted. Like long time squatters in some fantastic, magical mansion, we have forgotten how truly wonderful our skin is, but if you want to say a hearty 'Thanks!' to your skin, you might want to invest a little time and money in a perfect organic or natural skincare product.

The skin is the body's largest organ yet we don't really pay it any heed unless we notice an imperfection. All things considered, it's hard to hold a grudge against our skin; even the most annoying imperfection only accounts for a tiny amount of this precise, complex organ. The average fully grown human's skin does, in fact, take up between 15 and 20 percent of our total body weight.

Think that skincare products are simply paint on a single surface? Think again: for each square centimetre of skin we have 6 million cells, 5,000 separate sensory points, 100 sweat glands and 15 sebaceous glands.

The skin sheds between two billion and three billion skin cells each day, and the skin, which is our protection against dehydration, disease and the cold, is replaced by the body. Skin cells do not just sit there passively once they are replaced, but actively detoxify harmful substances. Just like the liver, they are constantly working to ensure that we can stay healthy.

Whilst the skin itself is more complex and hard-working than we might sometimes think, the skincare products that we use on it don't necessarily need to be crawling in complicated, synthesised compounds or chemicals.

The skin is a sort of half way point between us and the world around us. Lotions and creams that we apply to our skins are of course absorbed beyond the skin's surface - known as the epidermis - and infiltrate below, into the lower skin layers. However, the skin cannot allow and reject one chemical or compound over another. So the ingredients in a product that is not entirely natural or organic will get into the body regardless of whether they are useful in boosting health, completely useless or even irritating or toxic. Just like the ingredients soup, we cannot buy a product which contains unhealthy ingredients and not expect all of them to be absorbed - to one extent or another - into our bodies.

The epidermis is one of the most important skin layers because it absorbs almost every ingredient in the skincare product - the lower layers will not receive particles that are too big to pass through the skin to that point. Although it might seem contrary to that point a proper organic or natural skincare routine will actually focus on feeding and maintaining the skin cells of the layers beneath the stratum corneum (the very outer layer) because the epidermis is actually entirely renewed by new cells every 60 days.

The dermis level is the middle layer of skin where sebaceous glands, sweat glands and hair follicles are all located. Sebum, which, if it is overproduced causes acne, is formed here by the subaceous gland. These glands, which are located around hair follicles, are designed to produce the sebum as protective substance as a means of waterproofing the skin. It should be noted that any skin condition caused by an issue in the dermis layer - such as acne or wrinkles - cannot be countered by a skin product that contains molecules that are too big to penetrate down to this layer.

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