Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Skin

The Skin 

The skin is the body's largest organ, responsible for numerous essential bodily functions, including breathing oxygen, eliminating carbon dioxide and other forms of waste, acting as a shield against toxins from the outside, and helping to maintain body temperature.  The skin is continually repairing and renewing itself.  It responds almost instantly to sudden changes in emotions, and who would have guessed that it is the body's main organ of sexual attraction. 

The surface layer of the skin, which is composed of cells, sweat pores, and sebaceous glands, is covered with a thin sheath of dead cells, which are continually being pushed up to the surface from below.  If the dead cells are not removed, they can reduce and even block the skin's effort to breathe and eliminate waste. 

At the surface lies a slightly acidic coating of oil, called the acid mantle, which can protect the skin against some bacteria.  Below the surface is a complex of sweat and oil glands, hair follicles, blood vessels, nerves, and muscle tissue.  These are held together by a tough connective tissue called collagen, which runs in strands or fibers.  The relative health of your collagen determines the contour of your skin, and how wrinkled and lined it is.  Healthy collagen is sometimes called soluble collagen because it can absorb and hold moisture.   Right below the collagen is a layer of fat and muscle, which also provides some contour and acts as a cushion and insulation. 

The two major skin problems most people face are wrinkling, due to age and blemishes or acne.  Aging of the skin occurs when collagen becomes hard to cross-link with neighboring collagen fibers.  This prevents it from holding water and plumping up.   Instead, it collapses on itself, binds with other collagen fibers, and forms a kind of fishnet below the surface of the skin, which looks like wrinkled skin.   


Acne occurs when oil, called sebum blocks the pores and hair follicles at the skin's surface preventing the skin from eliminating oil and waste.  This causes waste to accumulate in the pores, resulting in pockets of infection; red sores, boils, and pimples.  Acne does not occur when the pores are unblocked.

Basic Skin Care

Everyone should follow a basic skincare routine.   The skin surface is mildly acidic, having a pH of around 5.  Most soaps are well over 7, some as high as 10.  Soaps with high pH will dry the skin out and eliminate its acid mantle.  Effective skin cleansers, also known as surfactants can contain a number of different vegetable oils, including coconut, sesame, or palm oils.  These are safe and effective cleansers and have a low pH.  Seaweeds are also used as skin cleansers.  their high mineral content stimulates circulation, helps eliminate toxins embedded in the skin, and leaves the skin feeling smooth.  Seaweeds can to some degree re-mineralize the skin and strengthen its immune and healing functions.   
  •  Facial Scrubs; use a facial scrub that contains a mild abrasive, such as oatmeal, etc., at least 2 - 3 times a week. 


After the skin is cleansed, skin toner or rinse that has an astringent effect closes the pores, tightens the skin, and helps to keep it from being exposed to many of the toxins floating in the air.   There are a wide variety of natural toners that are effective such as geranium, vitamin e, honey, and witch hazel, however, witch hazel is very strong and can have drying effects.  My favorite is geranium. 

Moisturizers also known as humectants, attract moisture to the skin's surface and hold it there, moisturizers make the skin softer and prevent it from drying, and chapping, and slow down the aging process.  Some effective moisturizers will include the following; hyaluronic acid, rose water, jojoba oil, vitamin e oils, iris, and aloe vera.   Be careful with a moisturizer that contains mineral oil (used in mass-market skin care products)  it is a petrochemical that can dry the skin, block pores, and prevent it from breathing and eliminating waste. 

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Anti Aging

Anti Aging skin tissue can be slowed and improved by halting free radical formation, which means preventing the breakdown and decay of tissues.  Eating food that is rich in beta-carotene (vegetable source of vitamin A) and vitamins E and C restores harmony to the tissues throughout the body.  

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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