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Your Skin Explained

Your skin is the body's largest and fastest-growing organ and one of the most important.  Our skin is composed of multiple cell layers, nerves, structural proteins, and vital components responsible for its health and appearance.  So what exactly does it do?

The function of your skin

* Oils and lipids create a natural raincoat

*Protects you from the sun's harmful UV rays

* Guards the body against extreme temperature and harmful chemicals

*Regulates your body temperature

* Permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold

* Keeps moisture inside the body

* It protects the body from bacteria, viruses, infection and other unwanted substances

As we age, the soft, supple skin we had in our youth begins to change and we start losing elastin and collagen.  The breakdown of these proteins leads to sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles.  Even more so, exposure to sun and toxins accelerates skin aging.

1. Elastin is an elastic protein in connective tissue that allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting.
2. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the substance that holds the whole body together.

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