The epidermis is the part of your skin you can see and touch. It is tissue-paper thin, and the body’s first layer of defense. The middle, dermis layer houses collagen that gives your skin strength, as well as elastin that provides flexibility. Nerves located here keep you safe by triggering pain when needed. The hypodermis consists primarily of connective tissue and fatty tissue. It insulates your body to protect you from the cold.
All three layers work together to do the following:
- Take moisture in.
- Keep moisture in.
- Protect the body from harmful elements that try to get into the body through the skin.
- Get rid of harmful elements and toxins by pushing them out through the skin.
Causes Of Deteriorating Skin Conditions
1) Moisture depletion: Fluids keep the skin hydrated and able to perform the functions above.
• Not drinking enough water or other clean fluids can easily deplete your body of the moisture it needs.
Solution: Drink clean, purified water throughout the day.
- Not washing or bathing when needed allows the skin to dry out and lose its elasticity.
Solution: Bathe often to hydrate your skin, and use a good, organic moisturizer to help the skin hold the moisture after you bathe.
- Not protecting your skin from extreme hot, cold, or dry weather can also be hard on skin.
Solution: Wear proper clothing to protect your skin from becoming sun- or windburned.
2) Chemical and toxin exposure: Chemicals break down skin function—both from the outside in and the inside out.
- Eating manmade, toxic foods or taking in rancid oils that are not natural to the human body impacts the skin.
Solution: Eat only natural, whole foods that your ancestors ate 500 years ago.
- Eating foods you are allergic to can damage your skin. Everybody is different. If the food you are taking in causes you to lose energy, feel sick or dizzy, or causes your skin to break out, you may be having an allergic reaction to a specific food or foods.
Solution: Pay close attention to how you feel after meals. Check out books that explain what foods are most likely to cause autoimmune reactions.
- Applying harsh soaps with chemicals can eventually break down and destroy all three layers of skin.
Solution: Be very careful about the ingredients you use in and on your skin. Take the time to find the cleanest products with simple, natural ingredients.
3) Extreme or long-term stress: Stress hormones decrease collagen and fatty tissues in your skin and decrease hydration overall.
- Hanging out with people who “bring you down” or “stress you out” can cause biochemical havoc to your system, and can be a factor in ruining your skin.
Solution: Spend your time with people who make you happy, and as little time as possible with people that cause you stress or upset.
Keep your skin moist inside and out.
Protect your skin from chemicals inside and out.
Stay away from stress factors that can ruin your skin inside and out.
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