Quick, what’s the largest organ in the human body? The Brain? The Heart? If you answered: “your skin”, then kudos on your knowledge of anatomy. It’s true that the skin is your largest organ, and it’s probably the one organ you spend the most time thinking about. It’s also the organ that takes the most abuse: scrapes, cuts, rashes, burns; your skin is subjected to a lot. Fortunately, there are many products and procedures out there that can help your skin be as healthy as possible. From lotions and oils to facials and waxes, there are many ways to keep your epidermis in tip-top shape. As Estheticians, it’s our job to make sure that you take care of your skin through a variety of treatments.
What is skin?
In order to understand the best way to keep your skin clean and healthy, you need to understand what makes up your outer layer. The skin is made up of three distinct levels: the subcutaneous tissue, the dermis, and the epidermis. Within these layers are a variety of different components that have important purposes. Such as sweat glands, hair follicles, muscles, and nerves. Without skin, a lot of what we experience in the world would not be possible. The skin acts as a barrier between your insides and the outside world. It regulates your temperature and warns you when you are in danger (via pain receptors). Even though sometimes we may wish that we didn’t have sweat glands or extraneous hair, each piece of your skin exists for a particular reason, and without it, you wouldn’t have the same quality of life.
What treatments are offered?
Unlike dermatologists, estheticians cannot prescribe medication to treat skin diseases or disorders. However, we can provide a variety of solutions for basic skin problems, such as mild acne, aging and dry skin, and unwanted hair. Typically, these treatments are based on one of two ideologies: cleaning out your pores and/or removing the outermost layer so it can regenerate as healthier skin. Facials, skin therapy and cleanses are based on the first ideology. If you have acne or dry skin, these procedures can be a great help. If you have aging or wrinkled skin, a chemical peel or microdermabrasion can make your skin look younger by removing the old skin cells so new ones can regrow in their place. Finally, for unwanted hair, laser removal or waxing is a viable option. However, it’s important to note that the hair will usually grow back.
When it comes to your body, you want to take care of and nourish each part of it. This is especially true for your skin, as it’s the first part everyone sees, and it’s the organ with the most issues (typically). If you’re unhappy with the way your skin looks and feels, come and see an Esthetician so we can help you get the most out of your largest organ. They say beauty isn’t skin deep, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it.