Caring for our skin will not only keep it looking at its best, but also keeps one of our important organs (also largest) healthy and effective
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It encloses our entire body, protects our internal organs and plays an important role in regulating our body temperatures by guarding the body against extreme temperatures – producing sweat to cool itself when it is too hot and retaining heat when external temperatures drop.
The skin is also our body’s first line of defence when it comes to infections, protecting internal organs from invasion by foreign bodies such as bacteria and also protects our internal organs from harmful UV radiation and potentially harmful toxins.
The Anatomy of the Skin
The skin is composed of two main layers:
- Epidermis – the outer protective layer
- Dermis – A fibrous layer which contains a network of collagen and elastic fibres and is supplied by blood vessels, nerves, hair roots, sebaceous glands (which secretes sebum) and sweat glands
Avoiding picking up toxins from polluted air is almost impossible but we can minimise their damage
The skin as an excretory organ
The skin plays an important role in the elimination of waste products from the body which is done through the production of sweat and an oily substance known as sebum. Both of these substances are secreted through the skin pores, which flush out toxins and other excretory products.
Most often, looking at our skin will give us a good idea on what is happening inside our body. e.g. some spots are a direct result of an inflammation or toxin buildup inside our body.
When we are stressed or our diet is lacking the necessary nutrition, our skin will most probably feel dull, and may also end up having rashes or blemishes. Taking care of our diet and drinking plenty of water will not only help the skin eliminate waste, but it also helps our skin to look fresh and at its best.
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