Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It weighs about six pounds and if you were to stretch it out the average adult’s skin would cover 2 metres squared. Skin performs a number of very important functions, such as regulating body temperature, protecting your body from environmental stresses and germs, helping to synthesise Vitamin D from UV rays, sensing hot and cold, and keeping you waterproof!
Your skin is constantly changing, and regenerates itself roughly every 27 days (faster when you are younger and more slowly as you get older). Several environmental factors can affect the health of the skin, and it is important that we take care of it. These factors can include UV rays, extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals and products, over washing, stress, hydration levels, diet and sleep. The more effectively we look after our skin and ourselves, the healthier it will be.
This is the layer of skin that you can see and is the frontline of defence against the elements. It is the thinnest layer of skin, ranging from 0.05mm on your eyelids up to 1.5mm on the soles of your feet. It is where your skin’s regeneration cycle occurs, and contains a substance call Melanin, which gives your skin its colour.
The dermis provides a buffer against stress and strain on your body. It contains your sweat glands and main blood vessels and is where the nerves are - allowing us to feel the sensation of touch. It also contains elastin and collagen, so this is the layer that can lose strength and elasticity over time.
This is the lowest layer of your skin and is mostly made up of fat and connective tissue that keeps you warm and helps protect your body from damage. Your hair also grows from this layer.
With such a complex composition, your skin is truly amazing! It is a reflection of things that happen inside your body as well as a reactant to external influences. These influences can sometimes upset the skin’s natural balance, and it is then that conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and thrush can occur. It is Salcura’s mission to provide solutions to these problems in a natural way that is as sympathetic to the needs of your body as possible. Explore the areas above to learn about different skin conditions and how Salcura can help you overcome them.