Keep Your Skin Smooth This Spring (With Science!)May 16th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
Learn How Your Skin Works, and How to Keep it Youthful
Question: What’s the largest organ of the body? If you’re thinking the lungs or the brain, think again. The brain weighs, on average, 3 lbs, while the skin (yes, it’s an organ!) weighs around 24 lbs. The skin is the largest organ by far, and one of the most complicated, consisting of three major layers, delicate tissues and fibers, glands, ducts, blood vessels, nerves, complex hair follicles, and much more. Skin contains melanin to protect us from harmful radiation, a hydrolipid film of oil to guard against extreme temperatures and climates, and a layer of fat that insulates us, stores energy and cushions us when we fall.
Skin is just as important as any other vital organ, and as the only visible organ on the body, we go to a lot of trouble to make sure it looks great.
That’s why it’s important to understand how the skin works, and how you can keep it looking smooth and youthful this Spring.
Hiding in Plain Sight
It takes around five weeks for new skin cells in the epidermis to reach the surface of our skin. These cells, called keratinocytes, form a defensive layer around the body called the stratum corneum, or the “horny layer,” and up close, there’s little difference between our layer of dead skin cells and the scales. We’re constantly making and shedding new cells in an effort to protect our deeper, more vulnerable layers.
By removing thin, flaky skin, as well as other impurities, exfoliation clears the way for new, stronger skin cells to make their journey to the surface.
The Skin Drinks a Lot of Water
We lose around a pint of water every day through the surface of the skin. This process is called Transepidermal Water Loss, or TEWL. This happens through a variety of factors, including natural sunlight, dry climate, or exposure to irritants like alcohols or solvents. The rate at which this loss occurs depends on the inner dermis, which thirstily drinks lots of water, and the epidermis, which is hydrophobic, meaning it prevents excess water from entering the skin.
It’s the job of moisturizers to find a way through the stratum corneum of the epidermis and into the dermis, which is always in need of water. A good moisturizer, cleanser, or cream nowadays has to be smart. It has to be able to reach the dermis without wasting any of its key ingredients on the epidermis. That’s where science comes in.
Products like Epionce and AnteAge MD have been scientifically tested to contain the perfect ratio of ingredients that can both penetrate the outer layer of skin and not just hydrate the dermis, but also strengthen collagen and elastin and volumize dry pockets of skin. These kinds of products have the dual advantage of moisturizing and smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, which occur when the skin matrix has deteriorated, either from external elements or aging.
Skin is a Shield (So Keep it Shiny)
The science of skincare has evolved rapidly, and we’re still learning new things every day that surprise us. Whether in the fight against harmful UV rays, or maintaining our elasticity and youthful appearance, science has given us lots of new tools to help take care of our skin.
Our new skincare package is meant to showcase this marriage of science and cosmetics. For the month of May, all of our Epionce and Elta Sunscreen products are 40% off. Because Spring brings warmer, sunnier weather, it’s more important than ever to protect and enhance your skin’s natural defenses, and restore that glow that’s been hiding all Winter. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s also the perfect gift for mom. Remember, your skin is a shield, so keep it smooth and shiny!