The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is made up of three layers – Epidermis, Dermis and Hypodermis. It is a strong barrier designed to protect us from the outside elements. The body systems that make up our outermost layer are incredibly complex. Skin layers, nerves, cellular functions, hair follicles, and glands all work together harmoniously to regulate and protect the body. Hormones, growth factors, and other biochemicals control the skin’s intricate functions. The importance of skin care cannot be underestimated. Throughout our life skin goes through numerous changes due to different factors such as aging, pollution, lifestyle, hormonal influences, etc. This leads to deterioration of skin health and structural changes that can be seen both externally and internally.
Outer layer of the skin that act as a barrier between the body and the environment. The out most layers known as the stratum corneum consists of older keratinocytes which are eventually shed and replaced by newer keratinocytes forming a skin barrier.
The middle layer of the skin that contains never glands, essential proteins, enzymes, blood cells, making it the skin’s operating center. It contains collagen and elastin which provides structure to skin.
This layer lies below both the epidermis and the dermis. It is comprised of mainly fat, blood vessels, and nerves. This layer acts as a cushion that also insulates the body.
Small oil-producing glands attached to hair follicles. This oil is known as sebum, lubricating and waterproofing the hair and skin. Sebaceous glands can be found everywhere.
Elastin is an essential protein that gives skin the ability to resume its shape after stretching or contracting. The breakdown of elastin leads to sagging skin. Sun exposure and repeated facial expression damage elastin.
The main structural protein that supports the skin and gives it structure. The degeneration of collagen leads to fine lines and wrinkles. Sun exposure is the main cause of collagen damage.
Sebum is secreted by sebaceous glands in humans. It helps waterproof the skin. Sebum forms a film on the skin that keeps water in and irritants out.
Network of blood vessels is found in the dermis and subcutaneous layer. These vessels supply the skin with oxygen and nutrients. The blood vessels play a role regulating the body temperature.
The Wellness Spa at Age Management of West Michigan offers a cutting edge, 3 phase skin care program, unique to the Grand Rapids area. A simple, customized treatment regimen for your specific skincare goals will be prescribed for you with a three-phase process for healthy, rejuvenated skin.
It’s never too early or too late to encourage your teen to get into a healthy habit of caring for their skin. The skincare habits you show your teen today will help keep their skin healthy for their lifetime. It’s important to know that skin changes throughout life, so it will be important to periodically make adjustments to continue to promote healthy skin. At The Wellness Spa, we offer Teen Skin Care Consultations. We’ll give your teen a clinical skin analysis, make recommendations and talk to your teen about the importance of an at home skin care routine. We can make treatment plans and recommendations to correct any specific skin care conditions.