The quest to keep our skin silky soft, supple, and young looking for appearance sake is ancient old, but keeping our skin healthy is vital for our health and well-being. Our skin is the largest organ in the human body, similar to our heart and kidneys, so we need non toxic hair and skin to stay healthy. The outer layers of our skin (epidermis) works as a barrier against environmental elements, by preventing germs and toxins from entering. It acts as a natural barrier that shields the layer of skin between the epidermis (which makes up the outermost layers of skin) from exposure, damaging bacteria, viruses, infection, injury and damage.
The epidermis is composed of 5 sub-layers of skin that work together to continually rebuild the surface of the skin and they are:
The Stratum Corneum (nucleus) is the top layer of the epidermis and consists of 10 to 30 thin layers of continually shedding, dead keratinocytes packed tightly together. It serves as an important barrier that protects the under layers of skin to prevent molecules from passing into and out of the skin and keeps vital nutrients in. It’s vitally important because it retains the moisture needed for skin to stay elastic and soft. It also protects us from viruses, bacteria, toxins and other foreign substances. The nucleus controls all cell activity. As we age the Statum Corneum breaks down and cuts off the inner layers from nutrient supply. The Stratum Corneum thins, the skin loses moisture, cell shedding slows, collagen degrades, amino acids, proteins and peptides, the building blocks of life are barred, skin loses elasticity and toxins and other environmental elements enter our body.
Stratum Lucid-um, is a layer of dead skin cells often found on the soles of the feet and palms of the hand. It involves the breakdown of the nucleus and the thickening of the plasma membrane by dissolving lipids and proteins, disturbing the bonds that hold the cell membrane.
Langerhans’ cells is the front line defense that protects the skin’s immune system. And new studies have found that Langerhans cells may function to prevent excessive responses in the skin. “Failure of this mechanism could result in chronic inflammatory skin conditions like lupus and psoriasis”, according to professor of laboratory medicine and immunobiology at Yale” according to Shlomchik, professor of laboratory medicine and immunobiology at Yale,
The Melanocyte cell produces pigment melanin, which when the sun shines on the pigment tans the skin and causes dark spots. Melanin block the sun’s harmful rays, which can also lead to cancer or other skin disorders [source: Merck Manuals].
Merkel cell function, referred to as Tastzellen or “touch cells”, a cell at or near the epithelial-dermal junction and believed to be involved in light touch sensation; they function as touch receptors, the nerve ending that responds to stimulus.
It is crucial that you replenish your skin daily with vitamins, minerals, peptides, collagen, essential oils, etc. so you can restore that which was lost. Our luxury skin care products have the essential ingredients you need to nourish and repair the broken down epidermis layers. And don’t forget to replenish your entire body, yes, even your hands and the soles of your feet.