The skin – your largest organ
There are 78 organs in a human body, each with a specific vital function. Organs – essentially a group of tissues – are in fact responsible for conducting all your bodily functions. When we think about our organs – as much as we do spend time thinking about them – it is typically the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, stomach. All the usual suspects. But the largest organ? Your skin.
Your skin is by far the largest organ of your body.
With a surface area of approximately two metres on the average adult and accounting for some 15 percent of your bodyweight, your skin is by far the largest organ of your body. And it is a serious multitasker. You probably can’t tell, but your skin is constantly working away, protecting you, cooling you, connecting you to your environment. It may not be the master organ (the brain) but few people realize its true significance and the importance of the job it has to do.
The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, or the outermost layer; the dermis, beneath the epidermis, made up of tough connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands; and the subcutaneous tissue, or hypodermis, composed of fat and connective tissue.
The skin is an organ of protection, regulation and sensation.
It acts as a waterproof barrier to protect the things inside you – muscles, bones, ligaments, internal organs – from radiation, chemicals, infection, and the general harshness of your environment. It regulates your body temperature, and has an extensive network of nerve endings that detect and communicate changes such as heat and cold, and sense pain. Damage to these nerve cells takes away sensation. And skin stores and synthesizes vitamin D, which is essential for the absorption of calcium.
One square inch of your skin holds 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin which is the pigment responsible for skin colour), and more than 1,000 nerve endings. So, as you can tell, your skin does not have an easy job. And it deserves our love and attention to ensure it can keep working to the best of its ability – perhaps even more so as we grow older.
The natural signs of ageing skin.
As skin ages, it becomes thinner, more easily damaged, and takes longer to heal. Elasticity and volume decrease and aesthetically it can look a bit duller, a bit less radiant. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and skin tone can become more uneven.
These natural signs of ageing are exacerbated by personal habits and your environment. Smoking, diet, stress and sleeping habits all play a role in changing your skin as you age. In particular, long-term exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause a breakdown of elastin, responsible for the elasticity and flexibility of your skin. When this breaks down, your skin tends to sag and stretch. Not to mention of course the increased risk of skin cancer that comes from prolonged or over exposure to the sun. So a first step in caring for your skin is to ensure your daily skincare routine contains a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.
Decades of experience in professional skincare.
pHformula, after decades of experience in professional skincare, has designed products that are tailored to meet the needs of your skin. With treatments based on sound scientific evidence, knowledge and innovation, pHformula has developed an unparalleled understanding of what it takes to care for your skin properly.
For example, the pHformula SOS rescue oil, a unique combination of oil blends and naturally-sourced actives, provides a barrier protection for your skin, while smoothing, hydrating, firming, and restoring a natural glow and radiance. The rescue oil can help improve the production of collagen, softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
And your skin needs vitamins.
Vitamin C in particular has powerful antioxidant properties and plays a role in the synthesis of collagen, making it vital for skin health. It can also help to prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced photodamage. The pHformula Vita C concentrated corrective serum ensures the healthy maintenance of your skin. Applying only a few drops a day improves skin tone and texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and can help restore your youthful appearance.
For continuous hydration, the pHformula P.O.W.E.R essence tonic contains natural ingredients that leave your skin firm and refreshed. Quick absorption delivers moisture and nutrients into the skin to improve texture and radiance, even out skin tone, rejuvenate and delay premature skin ageing, and protecting against harmful environmental factors, all the while protecting the skin from loss of moisture.
And just like you visit the doctor to ensure your heart, lungs, stomach and other internal organs are in good working order, regular skin consultations and treatments can keep your skin healthy and ensure your daily skincare routine is best suited to its needs. After all, your skin words hard for you so you need to give it the love, attention and care it deserves. Contact your pHformula skin specialist for professional skincare advice.