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WHAT IS SKIN?
 

Skin is your body’s largest organ, covering every single surface of your body. Every woman can have beautiful skin no matter what her age, race or complexion. The secret is to understand how your skin functions and how to treat it correctly.

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK . . . . . .
Your skin is made up of two main Layers, called the Epidermis and the Dermis.

 
The Epidermis
This is the top layer of the skin and the one you can actually see. It protects your body from invasion and infection and helps to seal in moisture. It is built up of several layers of living cells which are then topped by sheets of dead cells. It is constantly growing with new cells being produced at its base. They quickly die, and are pushed up to the surface by the arrival of new ones. These dead cells eventually flake away, which means that every new layer of skin is another chance to have a soft, glowing complexion. The lower levels of living cells are fed by the blood supply from underneath, whereas the upper dead cells only need water to ensure they're kept plump and smooth. The Epidermis is responsible for your colouring, as it holds the skin's pigment. Its thickness varies, from area to area. For instance, it's much thicker on the soles of your feet than on your eyelids.
 
The Dermis
The Dermis is the layer that lies underneath the Epederrnis, and it is composed entirely of living cells. It consists of bundle of tough fibres which gives your skin its elastic, firmness and strength. There are also blood vessels which feed vital nutrients to these areas. Whereas the epidermis can usually repair itself and make itself as good as new, the Dermis will be permanently damaged by injuries.

The Dermis also contains the following specialized organs
Sebaceaus Glands are tiny organs which usually open into hair follicles on the surface of your skin. They produce an oily secretion called Sebum, which is your skins's natural lubricant.

The Sebaceous Glands are most concentrated on the scalp and face - particularly around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead, which is why these are usually the most oily areas of your skin. Sweat Glands are all over your body. There are millions of them and their main function is to regulate your body temperature. When sweat evaporates on the skin's surface, the temperature of your skin drops. Hairs grow from the hair follicles. They can help keep your body warm by trapping air underneath them. There are no hairs on the soles of your feet and palms of your hands.

 
ThE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF YOUR SKIN
It acts as a thermostat, retaining heat or cooling down with sweat.
It offers protection from potentially harmful things.
It acts as a waste disposal. Certain waste is expelled from your body 24 hours a day through your skin.
It provides you with a sense of touch, to help you communicate with the outside world.