Your skin plays a vital part in looking good and feeling great. The skin, our largest organ, is a flexible protective shield that maintains body moisture and protects delicate tissues through an elaborate heating and cooling system.
The skin is a vital living organ made up of three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous. Two of the layers, the dermis and the epidermis, determine our appearance.
The subcutaneous layer connects the skin to the tissue covering the mucles and bones, and is largely comprised of vessels, nerves and fat. It is the soft, fatty foundation of your skin. As you grow older, the fatty tissue is absorbed by the body, removing the springy base from under the outer layers and leaving them to hang more loosely, forming folds and creating wrinkles.
The dermis or second layer, contains blood vessels, nerves receptors, hair follicles and sweat and oil glands.
It contains cells called fibroblasts, which are essential in forming the fibres that give elasticity and suppleness to the skin. Two substances within this layer, collagen and elastin, give the skin its firmness and suppleness. It is inside this layer that the skin needs nourishment to renew, grow and develop new cells. Aloe Vera Gel Skin Care would be perfect for this.
The epidermis, or top layer, is made of a very thin layer of dead skin cells. This is the visible layer that we recognise most readily as our skin. The body is constantly making new skin cells beneath the epidermis, which push up to the outer layer about 21-28 days after formation. These new cells are called keratinocytes, and are charges with keratin.
Aloe Vera has been known since ancient times as an effective burn and wound healer and a soothing moisturizer, properties that have been verified by modern scientific investigation.
However, recent research has revealed Aloe deserves a place in pollution- fighting skin care products because it acts as an effective barrier to pollutants, reduces oxidative stress created by pollution- generated free radicals, activates the body’s detoxification system, and restores immune suppression caused by ultraviolet B (UVB) rays.
Best of all, Aloe Vera Gel works both topically and internally, making it ideal for both cosmetics and dietary supplements positioned for anti-pollution and detoxifying benefits.
Remarkable in design, the skin forms an almost impermeable barrier between the inside of the body and the outside world. That barrier keeps unwanted guests – such as pathogens (microorganisms, or components of these organisms, that cause disease) – OUT, while locking necessary nutrients, such as water – IN.
The skin ages in two ways, reffered to as natural biological aging and secondary ageing.
Natural biological ageing is largely unavoidable, alhtugh it may vary considerbly according to age, sex and skin type. To counteract this process, one has to address such factors as lifestyle, skin type, moisturisation, hydration, protection and nutrition.
Secondary ageing is determined more by lifestyle and external factors such as pollution and the weather (sun, wind, rain, snow). These are the factors that respond much more to specially formulated products available today. By protecting the skin and replenishing the nutrients it needs, the damaging effects of secondary ageing can be counterbalanced.
The rules for proper skin care are:
• Eat sensibly
• Keep the skin clean, hydrated and toned
• Avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful enviromental factors, such as harsh sunlight, smoke etc.
• Use only the best products to apply directly to your skin.
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