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An Introduction to Skin

The skin is considered the largest organ in the body. That’s pretty impressive! Your skin is an intricate collection of systems all working together to ensure that you maintain good health.

It is constantly changing and reacts to your inner body and all the body systems. This organ does quite a lot of things, but its primary role is protection. It protects you from viruses, bacteria, environmental pollutants, and even protects all the organs inside you. Many people don’t consider skincare to be a part of healthcare, but it really is vital to our well-being.

All this to say, there are many factors at play when it comes to skin health. It’s worth noting that your skin changes from season to season and reacts to stress. And since your skin is your body’s porous barrier, it absorbs what you put in it. This means that everything you put on your skin will ultimately enter your body. Did you know it takes 26 seconds for what you put on your skin to reach your bloodstream? That is why MOON products are always free from harmful chemicals, artificial fragrances, and dyes.

Skin has varying levels of thickness - the thickest being on the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. The thinnest skin lies around the eyes, so you should be extra gentle with this area. Your face, neck, and upper torso (decollete or “deck”) contain more oil glands than the rest of your body. This important to keep in mind, as extra care should be provided to these areas. In addition, your skin receives exposure to the environment in varying amounts. Your face gets the most exposure to the sun and pollution in general, so you want to protect and preserve this skin the best you can, especially with vitamin C and sunscreen.

Your skin develops from underneath as part of your body’s natural exfoliation system, and the cells push outward to give you the skin that everyone else sees. It is important to exfoliate not only your face but your body as well to encourage new cell growth. Skin completely regenerates itself in about four weeks - this means you are what you put in and on your body, so it's important to stay hydrated and eat a good diet.

Skin superfoods are ones that contain lots of antioxidants and healthy fats (especially Omega-3s). Vitamins A, E, and C are all great antioxidant vitamins, but vitamin C plays the most important role when it comes to skin health. Antioxidant vitamins help rejuvenate the skin and slow the aging process by neutralizing free radicals. Fruits and vegetables with color such as peppers, berries, leafy greens tend to be highest in antioxidant vitamins. When it comes to healthy fats, try avocados, walnuts, and chia seeds.

Think of skincare as a long-term investment for your health and overall appearance. If you devote time daily to your skin and ensure it remains in good health, you will feel more confident in your skin and age more gracefully. Be constantly mindful of what you put in your body and on your skin, and for the love of avocados, please read your labels.

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