There is a tendency for us to take our skin for granted, and only pay attention when a problem arises. Even then, it’s probably motivated by vanity – we see a dry or red spot on our face, or a new wrinkle, or our hands feel dry and we decide a moisturiser is called for. Of course, we’re well trained to use sunscreen in summer.
But our skin is so much more than something to look at. Skin is our body’s largest organ, and its main purpose is to protect is from bacteria and other harmful organisms, which means it’s really part of our immune system. It also helps with heat regulation and has a role in our sensory system, sending messages to the brain about touch and temperature.
So, it deserves more attention.
There are 3 main layers to the skin:
- The Epidermis (the top layer) acts as the protective barrier and produces new skin cells.
- The Dermis (the second layer) is tough and elastic, containing blood vessels, lymph capillaries, sensory nerve endings, sweat glands and hair follicles. The collagen in this layer provides the skin with its strength and elasticity.
- The Subcutaneous Layer is the deepest layer and is made up of connective tissues and fat.
Unfortunately, there are many ways to cause damage to the skin:
- Exposure to harmful factors in the environment, such as sun damage or harsh chemicals
- Poor nutrition or levels of hydration (fluid intake)
- Friction or rubbing
- Long exposure to moisture, including perspiration and urine
While damaged skin can look bad and/or cause discomfort, we mustn’t forget that damaged skin becomes vulnerable to infection, which can have a much greater impact on our health.
Fortunately, skin care can be as simple as three steps: cleansing, soothing and protecting. But the first step is committing to caring for this very important part of your body.
Please explore the information and tips on this website to learn more.