The skin is made up of three layers. The top being the epidermis, the middle layer being the dermis and the lower level being the subcutaneous layer.
The surface level of the epidermis is comprised of flat dead skin cells which are replaced weekly. These cells are basically our body armour and protect us from the elements. It also acts to help retain the water/moisture in the dermis (which is the next level down).
Although the epidermis is a protector it also needs to be treated with care. Subjecting it to harsh chemicals such as Alpha Hydroxy acid may give it a short term benefit with regard to appearance but may accelerate the aging of the skin in the long term.
Your dermis is the biggest influencer of how smooth and supple your skin is. It is where most of the underlying action takes place and is what determines how your skin looks now and into the future. It is made up of a matrix of water, blood and fibrous strands of collagen and elastin which is a bit like woven netting.
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that help give skin its fullness and shape. While this is the primary role of collagen, elastin plays a valuable role because as the name suggests it provides elasticity which enables the skin to bounce back to its original position when stretched.
Unfortunately, both collagen and elastin are vulnerable to free radicals which can cause them to shrink and cross-link with other collagen and elastin fibres. As the collagen and elastin base shrinks, the surface folds over itself…and then what? You guessed it! WRINKLES.
This is why applying creams - no matter how good they are - can only go so far! The problem with wrinkles goes much deeper and an external solution is only partially effective.
On top of housing collagen and elastin, the dermis also contains the lymphatic system which is so crucial in the elimination of waste in the skin. If this system is operating at lower than optimal levels, this can result in skin problems. The best way to keep your lymphatic system working is through regular exercise.
The innermost layer of the skin is called the subcutaneous layer which primarily holds fats, muscles and blood vessels. The fats and muscles help act as a shock absorber and forms the foundation of the skin.
The effectiveness of all these systems that make up your skin are influenced by your digestive system, your liver and kidneys. They are all interdependent.
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