Your Skin is the largest organ of your body. It is also waterproof; no water can enter into the skin from the outside.
The Functions of Your skin
- Sustains vital systems, by processing nutrients within the body i.e. vitamin D.
- Regulates body temperature via sweat
- Detects pain, sensation, vibration and pressure
- Provides an external waterproof barrier to prevent pathogens from entering the body
- Provides a shield from ultra violet radiation
Will have a minimum moisture content of 10%. Below that level the skin is dehydrated and will not be able to do its job of protecting the body against the environment.
Your Skin’s Natural Moisture
- Your skin has an acid mantle
- This acid mantle is a combination of the skin’s oils with sweat and some chemicals called “natural moisturising factors”
- This is a truly natural skin care cream, everything else is man made.
- This acid mantle helps your skin regulate the amount of moisture it loses.
- Your skin will lose moisture into the environment every minute.
So Why does Our Skin get dehydrated?
- The skin’s natural protection is not enough to maintain adequate moisture levels in the skin.
- Our environment, artificial heating and cooling, wind, sun and weather conspire to compromise the skin.
- Over time this weakens the acid mantle.
- What we do to our skin is a deciding factor also
- Every time you cleanse your skin you remove some of the skin’s oils.
- This weakens the acid mantle.
The Answer to prevent dehydration from the acid mantle is to protect and prevent excessive water loss.
See our next post Adding Moisture and Protecting Your Skin.