What is Skin?

The skin is our body's outer covering and the largest organ on the body. It protects against light, injury, and infection. Skin also regulates body temperature and stores water, fat, and vitamin D. The skin has three main layers epidermis, dermis and subcutis.

Epidermis

Dermis

Subcutis

The epidermis is the top layer of your skin. This layer of skin is thicker than you might expect and has five sublayers. It is also home to your pores, which allow oil and sweat to escape.

The dermis contains all sweat and oil glands, hair follicles, connective tissues, nerve endings, and lymph vessels. This the layer of skin provides the pathogen protection that your body needs.

The subcutis rests beneath the dermis. This layer provides insulation for your body, keeping you warm. It also provides a cushion that works like a shock absorber surrounding your vital organs.

Your skin marks the boundary between you and your environment. It serves a critical health function, protecting you from disease and exposure. You can take good care of your skin by staying hydrated, and making sure your diet includes plenty of vitamins A, C, E, and K.

Adding Moisture

Dry skin can occur as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions. That is why it's key to use moisturizers, which rehydrate the top layer of skin cells and seal in the water. They contain three main types of ingredients:

  1. Humectants - These substances help attract moisture. 

  2. Occlusives - These ingredients help seal moisture within the skin.

  3. Emollients - These ingredients help softening the skin.

All Body By Dodi moisturizers contain all three components and provide all day moisture.

What else can you do to moisturize your skin?

Moisturizers are the first, but not the only ways to treat dry skin. It can also help to do the following:

  • Use a humidifier in the winter. 

  • Keep showers short. Limit yourself to one 5- to 10-minute bath or shower daily.  Use lukewarm rather than hot water. 

  • Steer clear of products that contain alcohol, which can strip away natural oils.

  • Be gentle to your skin. Stay away from bath sponges, scrub brushes, and rough washcloths.

  • Don't scratch. Most of the time, a moisturizer can control the itch. 

Skin Fun Facts

  • Skin accounts for about 15% of your body weight.

  • Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm).

  • Your skin is home to more than 1,000 species of bacteria.

  • Skin forms calluses if exposed to repeated friction or pressure.

  • Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health.

  • Your skin color is determined by your epidermis.

  • hyperpigmentation is caused by the presence of excess melanin.

  • New skin cells take about four weeks to rise to the surface.

  • A lot of skin conditions are related to auto-immune diseases.

  • You have fewer oil glands on your legs than any other area of your body. That's why your legs tend to stay dry.

  • Ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, can also dry out or irritate your skin. Read your labels!

  • Your sweat glands are located where your hair grows the most! That's why you sweat in the hairiest parts of the body (head, armpit, and groin).

  • Your skin moves into an unhealthy state when the bacteria in your gut is not healthy.

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