Your skin is a living, breathing organ – in fact, the largest organ in your body. It is the first line of defence against the environment. Most of your skin stays covered – but hands and face regularly bear the brunt of environmental damage. You don’t need us to tell you the important part your face plays in your life: it is what you greet the world with.
So how can you take care of the skin on your face without exposing it to extra chemical damage? The correct skin care is arguably the biggest secret to having beautiful, glowing skin, however here are other tips that make a difference to how you look and feel:
- Stay hydrated, healthy, happy, slim
- Manage your stress, it’s ageing you.
- Detox occasionally, support your body’s metabolism
- Relax, Rest, Recuperate
- Smile – Be happy – be grateful – be positive
- Use safe formulas on your body. Safety starts with your skin
- Choose a safe sunscreen on your skin
- Exfoliate occasionally
- Choose safe gentle cleansers
- Moisturise with the best ingredients
- Pamper yourself with a Spa treatment
Structure of the Skin
The skin is the largest organ of the human body and is comproised of two main layers; the epidermis and the dermis. The dermis, or deeper layer of the skin, provides strength and flexibility. This nutrient rich layer is heavily embedded with collagen and elastin that provide nutrients to the epidermis to ensure cell survival. Collagen binds water and helps to maintain the moisture levels in the tissue while elastin fibres help to provide the elastic properties. Sebaceous (oil producing) glands, present in this layer, normally produce a thin layer of sebum that coats the skin’s surface. This thin layer of sebum actually helps to protect the skin from dehydrating and restricts excessive loss of essential nutrients that occur through environmental factors.
The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin. Here, cells that are generated at its lowermost level are continually pushed to the surface by the generation of new cels beneath. On reaching the surface, these cells flake away to reveal fresher cells beneath. As you age, the rate of cell turnover slows down and the flow of sebum to the surface reduces. The skin thins, and because natural moisture balance is easily lost, it becomes drier and less vibrant. Furthermore, as the elastic fibres of the skin start to clump together and break down, the collagen fibres become fewer and stiffer as they bind, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles.
Exposure to the environment, moisture loss and inadequate hydration can all accelerate the rate of this normal ageing.
The normal approach is to ‘cleanse, tone, and moisturise’ and in most cases this means blocking the matrix of the skin and causing ‘flooding’ to the area. If you use the correct products this does not happen, but before we talk to you about the amazing products the Savvy Team use and how they work with the living breathing organ (your skin), lets take a look at the journey a cell makes to the surface of the skin.
Skin Cell Cycle
It takes around four weeks for the new cell to reach the surface of your skin and during this time, it loses its moisture content quite dramatically. Starting with a water content of approximately 95%, this reduces to less than 1% by the time it is dead and on the surface. I believe it is now common knowledge that people realise that the skin is the largest organ of the body and is permeable – in other words, some things that are put onto the skin can enter. A good example of this, are the patches, which are used to help people stop smoking.
The skin is also “mesh-like” which allows passage both into and out of the body, providing that the molecular size is small enough to pass through this mesh. This is one to try at home… Take a clove of garlic, and put it between your big toe and the second toe. Wait for around ten minutes (possibly a little longer depending upon how your metabolism and circulation are). After this time has elapsed you will be able to smell garlic on your breath and taste it in your mouth!
Now garlic is a great immune boosting herb, but this little demonstration shows you how your body absorbs what’ put onto it and – unlike the garlic example – when exposed you are rarely aware of the exposure or the effects. So what has this to do with your skincare you may ask? Everything! The type and quality of the ingredients used in your skincare are of paramount importance, and unfortunately even the very best skincare products available to the general public may contain questionable ingredients.
As Environmental Dr Mark Donahue said: “The evidence is not all in yet, as to the harm they can cause. but it goes without saying that it’s safer to avoid the use of potentially harmful chemicals until it is. So that’s looking at the type of ingredients used. What about ingredient quality – why is that so crucial? Isn’t the more important issue the quantity of ingredients?
An average moisturiser has a molecular size too large to enter the skin and pass through the surface. Instead, it blocks the mesh and the body floods the area with water to try and flush away the blockage. To give you a greater understanding of this, take a plaster and leave it on your skin for a day or so. When you remove the plaster you will see how very pink and wet the surface is. This is the body trying to defend itself from harm.
Many individuals are becoming more aware and more vigilant about what they put into their bodies. Many are choosing the products they use carefully, knowing that what they put on their skin affects their health. So it pays to look for the very best. Why would you do anything less for what goes on your body? Finding safe and effective products used to be a challenge but these days they seem to be everywhere. But finding a product that will give you the desired results and yet have the reputation and integrity to uphold high quality, efficacy and above average standards can be an even bigger challenge.