The quality of our skin and it’s appearance are directly related to how others perceive our age and attractiveness. The skin is the largest organ of the body and protects the warm and moist environment of all the structures beneath it. The primary role of skin is to protect us from the continuously changing environmental conditions. In addition, the skin also serves important roles in maintaining blood pressure and body temperature. However, along with other factors, the disruption and/or alteration of the skin is, in part, what causes the skin to become dry, wrinkled and irritated. For example, exposure to the sun or even water for extended periods, various soaps and chemicals can alter or disrupt the skin. With that said, understanding the structure and function of the skin (without being too technical) will go a long way in helping you to maintain a youthful, healthy and attractive appearance. Check in regularly as we post useful skin care tips and educational pieces to help you better understand your skin.
Skin aging is a complicated biological process affected by a mix of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. As we age, our skin and other body systems, gradually lose the ability to operate as they did in our youth. There’s a progressive change in the balance of many molecules and particularly hormones excreted by other glands and organs within the body. For instance, women produce less oil (sebum) after menopause. This can make it challenging to keep the skin moist, leading to dryness and itching. Men, on the other hand, experience a minimal decrease in oil production, and do not have the same problems with dry skin, until they are well into their 80s. Many of these changes are genetically determined and cannot be stopped.