How Your Skin Works

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It is also waterproof; no water can enter into the skin from the outside.

 

Healthy skin must have a minimum moisture content of 10%. Below that level the skin is unable to do its job of protecting the body from moisture loss by keeping out bacteria and other nasties.

 

So where does the skin get its moisture from?

 

Moisture loss is happening every minute of the day. Nature has put in place an ingenious system that allows the skin to regulate its moisture loss. It is called the acid mantle and is a combination of sebum (the body’s natural oil) and perspiration (water). It forms a natural ‘skin cream’, slowing the loss of moisture.

 

Unfortunately, our natural protection is often not sufficient.

 

As we age the skin produces less sebum. Harsh environment such as air conditioning and heating causes increased moisture loss. And finally, we regularly cause damage to our skins balance with unsuitable cosmetic products. Excessive cleansing and aggressive substances can actually be contributing factors to a breakdown in the balance of your skin.

 

The main task of a good skin care cream is to replenish the skin’s moisture balance.

 

The resulting hydration will not only allow your skin to find its healthy balance and appearance but also enable the active ingredients in the cream to develop their full potential. This means healthier, hydrated, younger looking skin.

 

Cross Section of Skin

Click image to enlarge. Cross Section of Skin. Source: scf-online.com