The human skin is the largest organ of the body. Human skin is composed of two layers. The epidermis, made of closely packed epithelial cells, and the dermis, made of dense, irregular connective tissue that houses blood vessels, hair follicles, sweat glands, and other structures. Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis, which is composed mainly of loose connective and fatty tissues.
Function of the Skin
The skin plays an important immunity function in protecting the body against pathogens, excessive water loss, insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, synthesis of vitamins D, and the protection of vitamin B folates.
In humans, skin pigmentation varies among populations, and skin type can range from dry to oily.
Should our Skin be Spotless?
Many people believe that the skin we are born in should always be fresh and spotless, no matter what it takes.
However, when it comes to skin care we tend to be reactive rather than proactive.
The Cosmetic companies have created various combination of oily, dry, and even dehydrated oily skin cream types that require complex regimens and dozens of bottles to make skin look healthy, spotless and normal leaving us with no clue of the aftermath of such creams and lotions after usage.
What is a Healthy Skin
What is a healthy skin and how do we maintain a healthy skin with a proper understanding of its ability to soak up anything in contact with the outer layer (stratum corneum)?
To answer this, you need to first know how skin works and how it support the normal functioning of the body.
What keeps the Skin Moist
For a good number of people, proper skin care starts with adequate hydration, as shocking as it sounds, healthy and spotless skin doesn’t really need any additional moisture.
Our skin is perfectly able to keep itself hydrated, Its surface is kept soft and moist by sebum which is a natural moisturizing factor.
The Sebum is made of lipids, acts as a natural emollient and barrier. Helping to protect, waterproof hair skin and keeping the skin from becoming dry and cracked.
However, the amount of sebum we produce varies from season to season and can be predetermined genetically, but in fact, the amount of sebum needed to keep skin moist and healthy is very small which only 2 grams of sebum a year.