An Overview of Your Skin + the Causes & Signs of Aging
Although it may not appear to be an organ, your skin is actually your body's largest organ and weighs in at about 8 pounds. Our skin is made up of cells, nerves and glands and our skin serves as a protective barrier against all the toxins and impurities that we come into contact with.
Your skin's appearance - and its health - is determined by what you come into contact with in the environment, what you ingest, as well as what you apply topically. How well the components that make up the layers beneath is also a factor. When we are born, most of us are born with healthy skin that is near perfection - extremely soft, even tone, no flaws or bumps, and certainly no lines, wrinkles or sagging.
As we age, and encounter sun exposure and other environmental factors, our skin begins to deteriorate, most noticeably around the face. The important elements within the skin, such as elastin and collagen, break down and we see sagging, lines, wrinkles, uneven tone, loss of moisture, and reduced bounce back.
While we cannot stop the visual effects of aging on our skin, we can protect, prevent and correct some of the negative effects using the right products and taking preventative measures.
If we want to maintain a youthful appearance and healthy skin, it essential that we understand our skin and ascertain the proper skincare regimen our particular needs. We should choose products based on ingredients and formulations that either PREVENT, PROTECT or CORRECT signs of aging caused by sun exposure or environmental factors.
Blush Beauté Skincare™, we are dedicated to developing advanced skincare products using the highest-quality ingredients possible to do just that! Our goal is to provide our customer with products that improve their skin health and promote a youthful appearance.
The skin is made up of 3 main layers: The Epidermis is the top layer and works as a protective barrier. An elastic middle layer called the Dermis, and finally a base layer of fatty tissue called the Hypodermis.
EPIDERMIS: This is the outer layer of skin that functions as a protective barrier between the body and outside environmental factors.
STRATUM CORNEUM: This is the uppermost layer of the epidermis and it is made up of flat, dead skin cells called "corneocytes" which form a barrier for the skin.
DERMIS: This is the middle layer of the skin where the nerves, glands, essential proteins, enzymes, and blood cells are located. This is where the collagen and elastin are located as well.
HYPODERMIS: This is the bottom layer of skin and it is made up of fat, blood cells and nerves. This is the layer that makes the skin act like a cushion.
Other Parts of the Skin
ELASTIN: The elastin that is contained within the skin is actually an essential protein. This is what causes skin to remain tight and return to normal after it stretches. Saggy skin occurs as skin ages and the elastin begins to break down.
COLLAGEN: Another essential protein, Collagen is known to provide skin with its foundation and structure. As collagen depletes and breaks down we begin to see wrinkles and lines on the skin.
SEBACEOUS GLANDS: The oil producing glands located at the root of the hair follicles are known as sebaceous glands. They secrete an oil creates a waterproof barrier over the skin and hair.
SEBUM: This is the oil that produced by the sebaceous glands. Sebum protects the skin and hair by forming a film and keeping harmful or irritating substances out, and moisture in.
BLOOD VESSELS: Blood vessels are found in the skin and supply it with nutrients and oxygen.