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The ‘Get Great Skin Series” – Part 1: Meet your skin


I think it’s time to take a deeper look into what it takes to get the skin you want. So I’m starting a 3-part series on how to Get Great Skin. From skin physiology to the source of ingredients…I’m pulling back the curtain on skin care (and who knows what else!).

But before we get into the products, or ingredients, or how-tos, we need to talk about your skin. Do you know how it works? Only when you know how the skin works, can you truly know how to make it function at its best. Your skin is the largest organ you have, and it’s a self-healing, self-regenerating, self-regulating and self-cleansing organ. So what’s the science behind it? Students – class is in session!

Skin has 3 major layers, but let’s focus on the top layer because it’s the one impacted by the skin care products we use. Called the epidermis, it’s what you see when you look in the mirror, and it’s made up of its own five distinct layers that work as a barrier to protect you from damage – it filters most of the bad stuff out… like toxins in the environment, and helps lock the good stuff in, like moisture. The very top layer of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum, and it’s made up of many rows of both living and dead cells, plus protein and lipids (think of a brick and mortar wall and you’ve got a visual). All the layers of the epidermis combined are only about as thick as 3 sheets of paper. There’s a lot going on in a very thin space!

Now that you know your skin’s basics, you can help it do its job more efficiently. Keep it clean, and encourage the prevention of moisture loss with a moisturizer that’s appropriate for your skin type. You can also help fortify skin’s protective barrier with a skin serum like Probiotic Anti-aging Serum or CreateFirm.

Coming next week in Part 2 of my ‘Get Great Skin’ Series: Applying Skin Care Products – Less Is More!

Do you have any questions about your skin? Let me know in the comments!

One of the first-ever licensed estheticians in the U.S., Barbara Salomone is the architect of the modern American facial. Since launching Bioelements Professional Skin Care in 1991, she has trailblazed the industry, incorporating nutritional supplements into topical skin care products, and pioneering the introduction of antioxidants, calcium, probiotics and lutein. Visit Bioelements on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.

Comments (7)

dadu says:
Mar 24, 2011

I hardly ever wash my face and my skin has always been pretty clear. I’ll put on moisturizer every so often. I’ve had friends also tell me they don’t use any products on their face and they refuse to get facials because they say it will give them breakouts. Id love to hear your opinion!

barbara says:
Mar 24, 2011

@dadu Thanks for your comment! Genetics, skin type and condition and even age all play a significant role in how in-depth your skincare regimen needs to be. One product that should never be overlooked is an appropriate sunscreen, as no one is immune to the effects of UVA/UVB rays – every epidermis will succumb sooner or later, as will a complexion that is neglected too long.

As for professional facials, the idea that “facials cause breakouts” is myth. A comprehensive SkinReading and appropriate product selection by a licensed esthetician will yield amazing results. As far as breaking out post-facial, breakouts can incubate anywhere from 2-4 weeks prior to making their grand entrance – if you happen to experience a breakout in the days following a facial, congestion that was already present has been stimulated and is leaving the party early – not the worst price for long-term clear skin! Regular facials result in clearer skin – in fact, your skin can learn to adjust more quickly to life’s stressors.

Connie says:
Mar 31, 2011

Hi Barbara! My name is Connie Van Tassel. I met the minimum purchase for the last quarter of 2010 and also this first quarter of 2011. Do you know when I will receiving my benefits? Thanks so much! I am an Illinois Licensed Esthetician but St. Louis Missouri (Peels) is the closest distributor for me. It’s kind of tricky since I drive almost an hour to purchase back bar and retail products. Also, since Missouri estheticians do not require CEUs, there are no approved classes for CEUs in my area. I would like to deal with a distributor in Illinois that offers CEU classes recognized by the State of Illinois. Unfortunately, I believe the nearest Bioelements distributor in Illinois is close to Chicago? I wouldn’t mind driving to Chicago for classes but that is a long way to go for products. Any suggestions? Thank you! Connie Van Tassel

Bioelements says:
Mar 31, 2011

@ Connie – We’ll need a little more info from you, so give us a call at 800.433.6650, and ask for Jenna. She’ll be able to help with Partnership benefits.

Also – When you register and log in as a professional on (here:, click on Advanced Education. You can see the CE credit classes held at our Chicago location (which is the closest to you). These include Bioelements Acne Clearing Treatment and Recognizing Rosacea.

Connie says:
Apr 8, 2011

Thanks so much. It is resolved!

tammie says:
Apr 19, 2011

my daughter has dry dull skin but breaks out alot! she only breaks out around the cheek area. it has caused her skin to look very uneven and dark only in that area. we have tried proactive but doesnt seem to rid the problem. what would you recommend?

Teresa Stenzel
Teresa Stenzel says:
Apr 19, 2011

Hi Tammy, has she seen a dermatologist to determine whether she has acne or perhaps a skin condition such as rosacea? If you would like to email me directly, perhaps we can chat and figure out a plan of action for her skin that will help with her breakouts. Feel free to email me at

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