Understanding Your Skin

Your skin is an amazing organ. It protects you. It plays a major role in your appearance. It is self restoring and self protecting.

Understanding a little about how it works, and what keeps it from working right, is an important step to skin health.

The Skin's Function

Your skin is your body's largest organ, and it serves to protect you. The skin reflects what is happening in your body, your mind and in your life. You could say the skin is the mirror of your health and well-being - emotionally and physically. Both the internal and external environments influence your skin's response to how it ages, heals itself, and its overall appearance. 

Affecting Your Skin

It matters what and how much you eat or drink, the amount of stress in your life, your daily home skincare regimen, and the time you take for good skincare. Seeing a professional skincare specialist is essential to keeping and maintaining healthy, beautiful skin. They can prescribe the perfect treatment to help resolve any unwanted skin conditions. Coupled with your good home care, you can consistently age gracefully and have healthy skin, beautiful skin all the time.

Your Skin Type

Everyone is born with a certain skin type. There is normal/combination, oily, and dry. The skin type you are born with will be with you your whole life. As you age, the condition of your skin changes but the type stays the same.

As an example, if you’re an oily skin, you may break out with blemishes as a teenager and even into adulthood. But many times, due to internal and/or external factors, your skin may appear dry; it is not dry at all but dehydrated. Maybe you over wash or over exfoliate your skin, are not using the right moisturizer, or drink a lot of soda which can greatly dehydrate your skin; whatever the cause, the skin requires proper hydration, but you still are an oily skin regardless.

It takes a trained eye to tell the difference between a dry skin type, and dehydrated skin on an oily or normal skin type. Getting a good skin analysis by a professional skincare specialist is the best first step to great skin health.

Professional Skincare Therapists

Sometimes there are conditions of the skin that require a doctor’s advice and treatment. Your skincare therapist should always recommend seeing a doctor if the condition is out of her/his scope of expertise. Most skincare specialists work only on the first top layers of the epidermis. They can do a lot to the areas by deep cleansing, extractions, advanced exfoliation, and proper hydration by skin type so that what you and other people see is healthy, glowing, beautiful skin.

Exfoliation

We shed over one million skin cells every forty minutes. Sometimes the dead cells are so small they remian in the follicle or pore of the skin and cause the pore to clog, creating a blemish. Exfoliation helps keep the skin clear, and free of dead surface skin which also can make the skin look dull and ruddy. Exfoliation at home should be gentle, not harsh and rough. Be sure you are using a professional quality product recommended for your skin type. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week is sufficient for most people. Professional exfoliation is necessary to get rid of more than just a portion of the dead surface layer. Manual exfoliation done by the professional can get down deep into the pore. Professional grade exfoliation products work great as does microdermabrasion.  Microdermabrasion strips away the outer layers of the skin. It allows the skin to look smoother; it improves mild hyperpigmentation (sun spots or age spots), reduces pore size, improves acne, and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles.

The Nature of Skin Health

The dermis, a deep layer of the skin, is where all cell nourishment originates. It is where the blood vessels, nerves, oil and sweat glands live as well as the production of the collagen and elastin fibers. As the cells move upwardly through the dermis, it is vital that they stay nourished, plump, and hydrated, so when they reach the surface, the new cell appears full, fresh, and soft. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, our skin suffers from all the abuse we give it over the years, and it shows up outwardly on our face. Too much sun, not enough water, over abundance of alcohol, greasy foods, out of balance hormones, etc. cause all the unnecessary skin conditions that we dread. That is the time to seek out professional assistance and discover how a good skincare specialist can do wonders to bring a positive change to your skin as you age.

Selecting Skincare Products

Natural skincare products are formulated to work with your body and its own rejuvenation system. Many products use synthetic ingredients that can add to the very skin problems you’re trying to resolve. Do your homework! Just because a television infomercial looks appealing, investigate further their ingredients - ask a professional.