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The Organ Called Skin

Clear, healthy skin starts with proper skin care which in turn, optimizes your natural beauty. What you put into your body can also have a dramatic effect upon your skin. So going organic and natural as much as possible will eventually have a cumulative effect, you will appear radiant and have a healthy glow, as well as actually being healthy.

Fortunately, the increasing demand for non toxic makeup has had an effect on the beauty industry in general, and good products such as Esca mineral makeup, are easier to find, as well as becoming more affordable.

Now the reality is, that not one product is right for everyone and you will have to experiment a bit to find out what works for you.

You have the right to know what you are putting on your skin and contrary to the proprietary rights claimed by many companies as to their formulas, you should make them aware that you need more than just claims of their product being 'natural'. So patronize those companies that give you real information about their products.

A good rule of thumb is, the less the ingredients, the less possibility they will produce skin irritation because there are less possibilities of product interactions. But do make sure you are aware of what your skin and body type may be allergic to.

About Your Skin

What is the largest organ of your body? Your skin. Your skin is a protective covering for your entire body, which is continually healing and renewing itself. Your skin helps to regulate your body temperature. It is your most sensitive organ, containing many nerve endings which respond to touch and also lets you know immediately when pain is involved. Your skin actually has many components, it breathes, it has sweat pores, hair follicles grow from it, there are oil producing glands, it contains blood vessels, along with collagen fibers and fat cells.

There are three layers of skin.

The Epidermis

The very top layer is the tough, or protective layer of your skin. It is a waterproof covering, although it does absorb a little water. It is made up of 5 microscopic layers of dead and dying cells which are continually being renewed by the layer right below, the dermis. This layer contains a pigment called melanin which protects the cells of the other skin layers right underneath it from the harmful rays of the suns spectrum. The effect is the more you are exposed to direct sunlight, the more you tan. If you are one of the unlucky ones whose body does not produce enough melanin, your skin most likely will just burn.

The Dermis

This is your 'true skin', the layer located right underneath the epidermis. This is actually where you feel the sensitivity of touch and the like, because this is where your skins nerve ending are. Along with tiny blood vessels, sweat glands, sebaceous glands and your hair follicles, this is essentially the place where you are actually held together by elastin fibers and collagen which bond together to give your skin its resilience and strength.

The Hypodermis

The hypodermis is the deepest and bottom layer, which consists mainly of fat cells, which has the effect of cushioning and protecting the bodies nervous system along with the blood, and lymph system while also helping to preserve your bodies heat. This is where a certain amount of fat in your body is a good thing.

About Oily Skin

Each and every one of your hair follicles contains a sebaceous gland, which produces an oil like substance called sebum. When too much sebum is produced it makes your skin feel and look oily. If the gland becomes clogged this oil is not able to extract itself through the skin and then produces acne. If you have a deficiency of sebum you will have dry skin. This dryness or oiliness can be caused by hormones, especially around puberty which can be an especially bad time for skin problems.

As your body grows older, it can really show through how your skin ages. With the effects of the elements, stress, allergies and hormonal adjustments, you will need even more moisturizing, toning, and cleansing. But remember that having a skin care program alone will not minimize the natural effects of aging. Exercise and diet will contribute to maintaining your overall health.

If you begin a skin regime when you are younger and maintain it, treatments involving the rejuvenation of your skin will be noticeable more rapidly.

But its never too late, the time to begin your skin care routine is today.

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