Skin is Skin – Or Is It?

Skin, beautiful skin. It is the largest organ of the body and covers our entire body with a soft, smooth surface that keeps us waterproof, repels germs, and protects us from all of the things that bump up against us every day.

HA_firming_creamOur skin is our first line of defense against environmental pollution and toxins that exist naturally in the ground, in plants, in the air. Life as we know it would not be possible without this protective covering. And, it’s beautiful and soft to the touch.

Naturally we want to protect it, nourish it, hydrate it, and clean it. We want to maintain it as well as we can so it continues to do such a good job for us. It would be easy to believe that we could just clean it the way we do our car when we run through a car wash. One cleaning agent, some spinning brushes, and then a rinse and we’re done. Right? No.

As complex as our car is, our skin is much more specialized. We are not made of hardened metal and plastic, and we cannot tolerate the type of treatment a car gets in a car wash. If we subject our skin to rough treatment, it thickens, hardens, and creates calluses and a leathery surface. It does this to protect itself but the results aren’t pretty. That is why so many products are sold to make feet look more attractive. Skin that takes a daily beating, reveals that abuse in its surface roughness and cracking.

So how should we best maintain our skin? First by simply evaluating it. It only takes a moment of glancing to realize how delicate the skin is on your eyelids and around your eyes. It almost seems entirely different from the larger, waxy pores of your nose. And it bears little resemblance to the skin that stretches and folds to accommodate the movement of your elbows.

The next way of looking at skin is by the environment it is exposed to. The skin on your belly or the small of your back does not get the amount of exposure that your hands and face do. Your hands and face are exposed daily to sunlight, germs and environmental hazards that the skin under your clothes never comes near. So that skin needs more focused cleansing.

What does every inch of your skin need? Moisturizer. We use a hand cream on our hands and a face cream on our face because they need more moisturizer than most other parts. For the face, the best creams are ones that help the skin renew its cells with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid and the cell-renewal capabilities of peptides. Our best cream to accomplish that is our medical-grade Peptide 6®.

Remember how delicate the skin around your eyes is? Sometimes, our eyes just seem to need a little something extra to renew and refresh them. That’s where our Vitamin K cream, Refresh Me™ can work wonders.

The most important thing, is to remember to care for and cherish that oh-so-important organ – your skin!