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Articles on Skin Care

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and the most visible. Like the rest of our bodies, skin in constantly renewing itself.  At the surface old skin cells are continually sloughing off and are replaced by new cells created in the lower levels of the skin.  We need to encourage cell regeneration and help maintain healthy skin tissue at its source.  We need a diet rich in nutrients, proper cleansing and toning, exercise to improve circulation, and adequate rest to help rejuvenate and repair skin damage.  In a square centimeter of human skin there are some 20 million cells. In the development of the human embryo, the skin apparently forms from the same material as the brain and it shares some of the mind's complexity in its responses to our environment.

 

Our skin is made up of Collagen and Elastin.  Collagen is the main structural protein which makes up 70 percent of our skin. It is this collagen and its fibers that gives our skin strength and maintain elasticity whereas Elastin, our skin's other main fibrous protein, gives our skin its bounce. Richly endowed with blood, nerve and lymph supply, our skin is constantly repairing and renewing itself.  It is one of the organs of elimination, the others being liver, kidneys and lungs. An adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients through the skin's blood supply is essential to assist skin cells to 'breathe'.  Skin cushions and protects our internal organs from impact.  It stretches and concertinas to accommodate an almost infinite variety of body movements, though habitual posture and facial expressions will become etched in the underlying connective tissue over time.

 

Our skin is also an important and sometimes neglected sensory organ.  Pain, tension, irritation, relaxation, heat and cold can all be addressed through the skin.  Touch may be the most fundamental healing art there is.  Skin also helps to maintain constant body temperature.  Tiny blood vessels (capillaries) dilate or contract to cool or conserve heat as necessary.  The specialized structure called the hair follicle, which forms the base of the hair roots all over our bodies, contains a tiny muscle which contracts, creating 'goose bumps'.  These form when we are cold, but also in response to fear.  Blushing and ticklishness are two other skin responses which have emotional as well as physical content.  When we are in our 20s, our skin can look great.  Our skin will still have that youthful bloom though you have passed your teenage days.  A balanced, nutritious diet is vital if you want healthy skin.

 

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