Often, if you’re reading up on how to create a successful skin care regimen, you’ll hear a great deal about products that prevent wrinkles or clear acne by working “below the surface of the skin.” But do you care if your products work beneath the surface? And what exactly is there beneath the surface of your skin? To understand how to select the best skin care products and why Inclusive Health™ is such an important part of skin care, you’ll need to begin by understanding what the layers of your skin are and how they work together.
The Epidermis: Your Visible Skin
The outer layer of skin that is visible to your eyes is the epidermis. This is a layer of skin made up of translucent cells that produce keratin (a protein that protects your skin from environmental factors). This layer of skin also produces the skin pigment melanin, which both gives skin its natural color tone as well as provides natural UV ray protection. The purpose of your epidermis is to control the appearance of your skin while also retaining water. While proper skin care products can improve the appearance of the epidermis, to truly improve the health of your skin you’ll want to treat the undamaged skin beneath the epidermis.
The Dermis: The Most Important Layer of Your Skin
The dermis is the middle layer of skin, and it’s the most important layer of skin whether your skin care concern is anti-aging skin care or acne treatment. For acne-prone skin, most blemishes begin to form in the dermis when the body over-produces skin cells that then clog hair follicles and lead to the build-up of acne-causing bacteria, resulting in inflamed, visible blemishes. For aging skin, the dermis is the layer of skin where the proteins collagen and elastin are contained. Collagen provides skin’s texture base, so as collagen production breaks down the skin loses firmness, resulting in loose skin, wrinkles and cellulite. Elastin is the skin’s smoother, stretching skin back out from wrinkles or facial expressions. When elastin weakens, wrinkles become more permanent and visible. While the epidermis is the visible layer of skin, the dermis determines your skin’s true health and appearance. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you choose skin care solutions that address skin care needs beneath the epidermis and within the dermis.
Products to Treat Your Skin Beneath The Epidermis
For Acne-Prone Skin: Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel
To get clear skin, you need to not only treat existing blemishes but also prevent the clogging of pores in your dermis. Murad Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel uses the acne medication Salicylic Acid to exfoliate dead skin cells in the follicles in the dermis to treat and prevent breakouts in the layer of skin where they start.
For Aging Skin: Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer
To combat collagen depletion and the wrinkles and loose skin that follows, you’ll need to boost collagen production and strength in the dermis. Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer uses Retinol, proven to improve collagen production and strength, to smooth and firm skin from the dermis upward.
For Cellulite and Stretch Marks: Murad Firm and Tone Serum
Cellulite is not a fat problem; it’s a skin problem that begins with a weakening of the cells in the dermis and epidermis that hold lipid cells in place. Murad Firm and Tone Serum improves the strength of your skin so that stretch marks and cellulite are smoothed.
The Subcutaneous Layer: Providing the Base of Your Skin
At the base of your skin is the subcutaneous layer, which is made up of fat and collagen cells. Your subcutaneous layer of skin protects your internal organs while also helping your body to retain heat. When this layer begins to become too thin, your skin may become loose and begin to sag throughout your body and your face.
While skin care products can treat and improve your skin well beneath the surface, it’s important to remember that healthy skin begins from the inside out. Adopting Inclusive Health practices such as eating your water and maintaining an antioxidant-rich diet will ensure a strong dermis and subcutaneous layer of skin, which will result in healthier looking skin on the top, or dermis, layer.