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FUN SKIN FACTS - BY AMANDA ISEPPON (ME!) Which organ is the largest in your body, weighing in at 7 pounds, and approximately 20 square feet? If you guessed skin your guess is correct! Are you ready to learn all about the skin? Many people know about the different conditions, treatments, regimens, products; but many people do not even know WHAT the skin is! Well today you will be educated on fun, exciting, facts about the largest organ in your body…YOUR SKIN! Your skin’s main purpose is to regulate body temperature, produce vitamin D, and protect your body. The key functions of your skin are protection, regulation, and sensation. The skin also produces hormones and enzymes. Melanin is a natural substance produced in your skin that determines your skin color and also protects your skin from the harmful UV rays. There are three main layers of your skin. Beginning from the inside to the surface, the layers are as follows; Subcutis, Dermis, and Epidermis. Your skin is alive up to the Stratum Corneum, which is the outermost layer of the five layers present in the Epidermis. And now for a short science lesson…The skin is composed of 25% blood and 50% of the primary immune cells. It absorbs 2.5% of the body’s oxygen and releases 3% carbon dioxide. Ever question how much you sweat per day? Well, the skin emits up to 3 gallons of sweat per day! Along with the 3 gallon loss of sweat, we also shed approximately 40,000 dead skin cells EVERY MINUTE. This means that by the time you reach the age of 70 you have lost around 105 pounds of skin! There are many environmental influences that affect your skin. First, your skin is affected by diet, seasons, medication, stress, and climate. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol prevent nutrients from feeding the skin and speeds up the aging process. A positive influence on your skin is exercise. Exercise increases the blood flow of nutrients and water to the skins surface making collagen thicker. Skip your coffee and hit the gym! Okay skin geniuses, now that you are knowledgeable to some extent on your skin it is time to take care of it! You will be able to treat your skin better now that you know more about it. #diet, #education, #feelgood, #funfacts, #happiness, #lookgood, #young, #antiaging, #beauty, #collagen, #health, #skincare, #skincaretips, #spa, #wrinkles
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COLLAGEN & FOOD - BY AMANDA ISEPPON (ME!) The wrinkles! The fine lines! The sagging skin! Oh no! Time and gravity is an unbeatable combination when it comes to aging. Unfortunately with age comes the loss of elasticity and firmness in your skin. Don’t worry though, there is a certain protein called collagen, which makes up one fourth of the protein in your body. Collagen is easily attainable to help reduce what is thought to be the inevitable. This specific protein works with keratin to provide the skin with smoothness, elasticity and resilience. Do you wake up in the mornings, look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Why was my hair so shiny and my skin so smooth when I was younger, and how do I get that back?” Well the answer is…when you’re young there is an abundance of collagen! So, how do you replace this collagen lost over the years? Well you can run to Bloomingdales and purchase an overpriced anti-aging cream with inadequate ingredients… or you can choose the more promising, delicious option and go food-shopping to purchase natural foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Some vitamins include vitamin C, vitamin B3, copper, and dark chocolate! Vitamin C is a water- soluble vitamin that the body does not store. Vitamin C helps assists in the growth and repair of broken tissues and is important for assisting in the production of free radicals. Some foods that contain vitamin C are watermelon, cooked leafy greens, winter squash, spinach, mango, green peppers, oranges and blueberries. Vitamin B3 also enhances collagen production. Foods that are rich in this specific vitamin are tuna, peanuts, swordfish, beets, and sunflower seeds. Copper is an antioxidant that assists our body in fighting off those pesky free radicals. Antioxidants create a healthy skin environment so it can create cellular turnover which will aid in producing collagen. Mushrooms, peanuts and clams are foods that are rich in copper. And for everyone with that sweet tooth we have exciting news… dark chocolate boosts collagen because this delicious snack increases blood flow to the skin. Of course, a healthy balanced diet is imperative as well, but with food intake rich in the vitamins and minerals listed above say goodbye to those wrinkles… out with the old and in with the new! #antiaging, #delicious, #diet, #feelgood, #food, #happiness, #lookgood, #mineral, #vitamin, #young, #beauty, #collagen , #Health, #blog #skincareblog
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