Understand Your Skin: What It Is

spring woman (series U)Skin care has always been of paramount importance not only for Beverly Hills dermatologists but also for companies who manufacture various beauty products. For women especially, taking care of the skin is one of the most important daily routines. Without proper skin care, the result could be dry skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.

What Is the Skin?

The skin is the body’s largest organ which is made up of lipids, proteins, water, and various chemicals and minerals.  It helps protect the body from foreign substances that might cause infections.  Although the skin renews itself once every month, it is important to make sure that proper skin care is observed to help maintain our skin’s health and vitality.

The skin is made of three main layers: the (1) epidermis, or the outer layer; the (2) dermis or the middle layer; and the (3) hypodermis or the subcutaneous layer, which is the innermost layer.

Epidermis – The translucent layer made of cells that are helpful in protecting the body from the harmful effects of the environment. The epidermis also houses dead skin cells which shed off continually over time. The basal cells, which help in the renewal of the skin, are found in the epidermis’ deepest parts. The epidermis contains Keratin which is an important protein that helps in protecting the body from substances such as bacteria and chemicals.  Also, it helps in strengthening the hair and nails. The epidermis also contains melanin, which is responsible for providing the color of the skin.

Dermis – Two types of fibers reside in the dermis: (1) elastin, which is responsible for providing our skin’s elasticity; and (2) collagen, which is responsible for lessening wrinkles and fine lines.  The dermis also contains lymph and blood vessels, hair follicles, and the sebaceous and sweat glands.

Hypodermis – The hypodermis, or the subcutaneous tissue, is made mostly of fat.  This part lies between the dermis and the bones or muscles.  It contains blood vessels that contract and expand to help keep the body temperature normal and constant.  The hypodermis is responsible for protecting the body’s inner organs.  When the tissues in this layer get reduced, the skin “sags.”

The Kopelson Clinic offers several injectable fillers that can restore fullness to the face and lips and to treat wrinkles, folds and scars. They are a safe way to renew youthfulness and vitality.  Anti aging dermatology consists of cosmetic fillers that vary in form and function, some lasting longer than others.

Dr. Kopelson and his staff provide personalized clinical suggestions to address each patient’s specific medical and cosmetic concerns.

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