The skin is a very complex organ. Our skin is the LARGEST organ in the body and serves as a barrier for protection against various elements. Skin layers, nerves, cellular functions, hair follicles, and glands all work together to regulate and protect the body. Our skin contains thousands of tiny pores and hair follicles and is broken up into 3 different layers; the epidermis or top layer, dermis, and subcutaneous layer. Each of these layers perform important roles in keeping our body healthy. Listed below are 6 reasons to LOVE the skin you’re in.
Did you now that touch is one of the first senses to develop? The skin contains millions of nerve endings that transport stimuli. These nerve endings allow us to detect sensation such as heat, cold, pain and pressure. Nerve fibers in our skin help detect when we are touched and the sensations are what causes us to feel, react, and move.
On average, our body’s internal temperature is about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Our skin help to maintain homeostasis within the body. In other words, our skin help to regulate the inside of the body when the temperature around us is warmer or cooler than the body. The body can maintain thermo regulation through evaporation, perspiration, radiation, and insulation. When we sweet, the glands release perspiration to keep us from overheating then we cool ourselves through the evaporation on the skin’s surface. When we are cold, our body will constrict the blood vessels and decrease the flow of blood, causing us to shiver, which is an automatic response to cold and a way to warm the body.
Our skin absorbs ingredients, water and oxygen. All of which are necessary for the overall health of our skin. The skin’s barrier is selective and absorption is limited. However, some ingredients can penetrate the skin if the molecular sizes are small enough. Absorption of selective products help keep our skin moisturized, nourished, and protected.
Our skin is thin but yet strong and protects us from outside elements and microorganisms. There are several ways the skin protect the body from injury and invasion. For instance, our skin has an average pH of 5.5. Maintaining pH in the skin is important to help protect against pathogens and aide in regulating enzymatic functions. Our skin has a natural barrier function that fight against irritation and water loss. Damage to our barrier layer is what causes us to have skin problems such as sensitivities, aging, and dehydration.
Our skin contain glands that help rid the body of built up toxins and waste. These glands excrete unwanted water, salt and chemicals through the pores. Helping to eliminate waste in the body helps the body’s overall function.
Our skin contains the sebaceous gland, also known as the oil gland. The oils produced help keep the skin soft and protected from outside elements. As oil coats the surface of the skin, the evaporation of water slows down, which keeps your skin from becoming dehydrated.
These 6 reasons are just a few reasons why we should not only love but protect our skin. The more you do for your skin, the more it will do for you. Love the skin you are in!