MerAmor | Digging Beneath the Skin’s Surface
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Digging Beneath the Skin’s Surface

From the moment a baby is born into the world we notice how beautiful and soft their skin is, and from the time we’re born, it is our skin that acts as our most dependable barrier between both our internal and external worlds.

This is the layer of our body that everyone has the ability to see or touch. Our skin is our body’s largest organ and while it seems simple from the outside, it’s quite complex and in a way it has its own intelligence. Your skin is your natural defense system that fights harmful things, stopping them from entering your body and compromising your health. A person’s skin has long been connected to the notion of beauty, but in reality it’s your skin’s condition that reflects your health.

Every year cosmetic and skincare companies will spend millions upon millions trying to get you to believe that their product is the one and only product for healthy skin. They’ll continually tell you that the healthier your skin is, the more beautiful you’ll be. While they’re right, they very rarely offer an explanation, and to understand, you really need to know what’s going on beneath your skin’s surface. Most of the time these said companies will teach us how to treat or hide our so-called flaws and blemishes instead of figuring out why they exist in the first place.

Paying your skin’s health a little bit more attention and showing it some TLC is one of the best ways to understand your body. Everything’s interconnected and whatever’s happening on the inside of your body is eventually going to become visible on the outside.

Our skin is linked to all of our body’s major functions including the respiratory, immune, lymph, neurotransmitter, and circulatory systems; it can be complicated, but when you treat your body as a whole and care for all of these things, your skin’s health will be benefit and so will your beauty. Staying healthy will help you maintain what the majority perceives as beautiful – clear, flawless, and radiant skin.

The anatomy of the skin is complex. In simple terms your skin can be divided into three obvious layers – the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer otherwise known as the fatty layer.

Your outer skin layer is your epidermis, which is otherwise known as the stratum corneum. The epidermis is constantly shedding, getting rid of dead skin and making way for new skin. This area of the skin is full of cells, which are mainly keratin. These cells are pushed upwards and then flattened to create the layer of the skin that protects your body from bacteria, germs, viruses, and UV light. Taking care of your epidermis, should not only be for beauty purposes, it should be for your overall health as it’s also directly linked to your immune system.

The layer beneath the epidermis is the dermis layer. This layer of skin consists of fibroblasts that are responsible for producing your skin’s collagen and elastin. This helps keep your skin strong, supple and hydrated. Nervous cells, hair roots, sweat glands and small quantities of muscles can also be found in your dermis’ fibrous tissues, all of which help keep you looking youthful and radiant.

The subcutaneous layer mainly consists of connective tissues and fat. The fatty part helps to insulate your body and the various nerves and blood vessels that are intricately woven through it help regulate the body’s temperature. It is this layer of skin that’s also responsible for protecting your body’s fragile organs and skeleton from any external forces such as pathogens.

Our idea of beautiful skin is youthful looking skin; however, there are a number of factors that contribute to premature ageing, which are all connected to the internal parts of the skin.

Inflammation, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, stress, deficiencies, sedentary lifestyles, toxin overload, and even undiagnosed food allergies all have an impact on our skin’s health. There are also a number of external factors that are also wreaking havoc on the skin’s functions such as weather, bacteria, sun exposure, and pollution. Free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules, are our skin’s enemy.

All it takes is just a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure for free radicals to do their damage, destroying all layers of the skin, in particular the collagen layer. These free radicals affect your healthy cells by stealing electrons, causing inflammation. While the sun is responsible for a lot of our skin’s damage, free radicals can come from a number of external factors including x-rays, pollution, toxins, chemicals, smoking, drugs, prescription medicines, and even some cosmetics and creams.

Other than a well-balanced diet and a regular skincare regime, you need a balance of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, not to mention young and beautiful.
Antioxidants will defend your skin, helping get rid of free radicals and preventing new ones entering your body through your skin. If your body doesn’t have the needed amount of minerals and antioxidants, the free radicals will take control of your body, going deep into the layers of the skin and damaging its tissue, the fibroblast cells responsible for generating collagen and elastin. This destructive skin process is called oxidation, which is also responsible for acne, blackheads, and dry skin.

To repair and rejuvenate your skin, you need a lot more than what most over-the-counter skincare products offer, and this is how the Dead Sea’s properties can work their magic.

Having a diet rich in minerals and nutrients is great, but it only supplies your skin with approximately 2-3% of the antioxidants you consume. A better and more effective method of giving your skin the antioxidants it needs is through applying it externally.

With its 26 essential minerals, the Dead Sea is packed full of goodness that will help repair damaged cells, hydrate, and rejuvenate such as providing calcium, which is found in the epidermis and is responsible for regulating the speed of which old skin cells are replaced with new ones. Zinc and magnesium are two other essential minerals naturally found in the Dead Sea.

Magnesium is necessary to help your body absorb its necessary calcium and the combination of these two minerals prevents acne and helps the skin to remain clear. Additionally, they also help regulate the body’s temperature, something necessary to prevent excessive sweating and a buildup of oil which clogs pores and oxidizes. Sulfur, a therapeutic mineral, acts as a natural anti-bacterial, helping to keep the skin clean, oil-free, and acne free without stripping the epidermis of its essential natural oils. Potassium is another major mineral; it regulates the skin’s moisture, which helps maintain the skin’s smoothness and natural beauty.

Not only do the essential minerals found in the Dead Sea nourish, they also replenish, neutralizing and getting rid of free radicals, which is why it really is possible to literally turn back time and rely on Dead Sea skincare products.

If these beautifying antioxidants were good enough for Queen Sheba and Cleopatra, they should be good enough for you too. They say that beauty is skin deep, but when it comes to your skin’s health, it’s not true, it lies much deeper than the surface, and with a woman’s skin being closely connected to her emotions and self-confidence, the skin has a lot of power, which is why it’s no wonder that women around the world spend so much on their beauty and skincare products making it one of the most profitable industries in the world.