You Should Care About Your Skin
Did you know that skin is the human body’s largest organ?
Well, did you know that you will shed more than 8 pounds of dead skin in one year?
A statistic like that is sure to make your skin crawl (excuse the pun)!
For this to make sense, we must first understand the core function of our skin in context with the human body. Skin is the primary component of the integumentary system. Its main purpose is to act as a barrier and protect our internal organs from external forces. This system is what protects us from heat, light, injury, and infection.
The skin is also responsible for:
- Regulating body temperature
- Storing water and fat
- Preventing water loss
- Preventing entry of bacteria
- Acting as a barrier between the organism and its environment
- Helping to make vitamin D when exposed to the sun
Our skin is composed of individual cells called keratinocytes, which are in turn made up of keratin (the same hard substance that forms your hair and nails). Much like how our hair grows, keratinocytes grow from the bottom layer and push their way to the surface.
There are two main layers of the skin: the epidermis (the visible layer that we see) and the dermis (the middle layer beneath the epidermis). Brand new keratinocytes are constantly growing within the lowest level of the epidermis. From there, they bond with the next lowest layer (the dermis) and then begin to push their way to the top layers. When these cells finally reach the top layer they die and become weathered by outside forces. This layer, which is essentially composed of dead skin cells, is called the stratum corneum. Eventually, the dead cells in the stratum corneum break off from the epidermis and create space for newer, healthier skin cells to take their place.
The life cycle of a skin cell is approximately between 40 and 56 days, so this process allows for a natural turnover of skin cells and keeps our protective “shield” as strong as possible!
Even on my Face?
Sometimes the skin in the stratum corneum does not fully shed, and it can lead to flaky skin, dry patches, and clogged pores. Dead skin can accumulate everywhere on your body, and your face is no exception to the rule. The skin in our face is especially thin and sensitive. It is constantly exposed to the natural elements, so we should be paying closer attention to its condition than, say, skin on the soles of our feet.
Don’t believe me?
Research shows that after only two years of use, nearly ⅓ of a pillow’s weight can be attributed to dead skin, dust mites*, and dust mite droppings.
*Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed on dead skin and have been known to cause a myriad of allergic reactions in some individuals.
No thank you.
Help the Process:
Our skin is truly an amazing work of art, and we should treat it as such! This is why you should do your best in expediting the shedding process and rid your face of dry, flaky skin to accentuate the newer, more radiant skin underneath. One way that you can take initiative is to use Radical’s Express Delivery Enzyme Peel. After just one application, you will see dead skin lift right before your very eyes. Forget those dry flakes that you are used to, you can reveal smooth, supple, polished skin in just minutes.
All ingredients are chosen first for their efficacy, and second for their multitasking activity of the aging metabolism. The most complete, comprehensive enzyme peel on the market, so your skin looks younger for longer.
- Fruit Acids: A blend of 11 fruit acids including papaya, pomegranate, mango, pineapple, and lemon, to name a few; gently but effectively exfoliate skin’s surface to remove dead skin cells, smooth fine lines and reveal a more youthful glow.
- Glycosaminoglycan: Supports collagen, elastin and turgidity (bounce) in the cellular spaces and keeps protein fibers in balance and proportion.
- Grape Seed Extract: Purportedly rich in antioxidants to help encourage youthful, healthy skin, in addition to its anti-microbial benefits and anti-bacterial properties.
- Allantoin: Calms, heals and soothes irritated skin, stimulates cell regeneration while moisturizing even the driest of skin.