Skin

06 August 2010

Take care of your skin

Protecting your skin is not only good for your health but also for your appearance which, in the long run, will increase your self confidence.

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Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body and weighs 10% of your total body weight? Protecting your skin is not only good for your health but also for your appearance which, in the long run, will increase your self confidence.

There are two layers that make up the skin – the epidermis and dermis. The dermis (inner layer) is constantly at work, creating new skin cells and pushing them up to the epidermis (outer layer). The new cells give you a natural glow without applying anything to your skin.

Skin has many functions

However, there are many aspects that affect the skin, be it good or bad. The importance of taking care of this organ cannot be underestimated. Many times we take the health our skin for granted by not spending much time grooming and understanding its functions and importance. Some of the many functions our skin has, involves protection of our internal organic system from being exposed to the external environment, and also acting as a barrier and filter for elements outside and inside our bodies.

Durban dermatologist Dr Nasser Khan, who developed the product 'E45', which is used internationally by beauty experts, and Skin Miracle comments, "Your skin's functions are so vast and even help take the strain off your liver and kidneys through filtering toxins and impurities via the skin. Your body temperature is regulated by your skin; therefore taking care of your skin is extremely vital."

Environmental influences

The type of environment you are in can also cause skin irritation. For example, heat causes sweating, and sweating may dissolve chemicals that can move through your skin. This is why when it comes to skincare, consumers should use products that are safe, and good for their skin, as well as comfortable to use.

Sometimes your skin needs a little assistance in clearing blemishes, cleansing and protecting against impurities. Remember, whatever you are applying to your skin is being absorbed – therefore always look for products that are natural. This way, your body would be storing pure essential oils, or herbal extracts that are essentially good ingredients to have in your skin care products. - (Health24, August 2010)

Issued on behalf of Chillibush Public Relations on behalf of Skin Miracle.

 

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Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.

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