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The 'Get Great Skin Series' - Part 1: Meet your skin

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.

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