Your skin is the largest organ in your body and can account for up to 15% of your total bodyweight. It is a vital organ (you can’t live without it!) which performs a variety of functions such as protecting the internal organs from the environment and infections, regulating body temperature, as a receptor for touch, pain and heat and to store and generate tissues and chemicals vital for life.
Your skin is composed of 2 main layers, the “epidermis” and the “dermis”. The epidermis is the outermost layers of your skin which performs a protective barrier over your body’s surface responsible for keeping water inside you and infections out. Ninety five percent of the epidermis is comprised of cells called “keratinocytes”. These cells form in the innermost layers and slowly migrate outwards, changing as they go and eventually falling or rubbing off. These skin cells only live for a few weeks meaning your skin is constantly being replaced. The epidermis has no blood vessels and the cells in the deeper layers are nourished from the dermis below.
The dermis is the layer below the epidermis and is separated by a thin membrane which controls the flow of cells migrating outwards. The dermis provides strength and elasticity to the skin via a complicated network of tissues such as collagen and elastin which are produced by cells called “fibroblasts”. It also contains the nerve endings we use to sense touch, pain and heat, sweat and oil glands, blood and lymph vessels and hair follicles.
As we age, our “cellular batteries”, or mitochondria, begin to decline in function. They don’t produce the same amount of energy they used to, and free radical damage begins to accumulate. In the keratinocytes and fibroblasts of the skin, this can mean a reduction in the amount, or quality, of the structural components such as elastin and collagen. It can also mean delayed healing which can result in increased amounts of scar tissue and discoloration. Impaired cellular function can also mean slower turnover of the skin layers and potentially less resistance to infectious agents and environmental stresses such as the sun. All of this can result in lines and wrinkles appearing, sagging and discoloration of skin and delayed healing. Over years, skin appears aged and can eventually become more prone to serious health conditions.
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