Producer/Host: Karen Owoc Director of Photography: Michael Davich
Expanded transcript from video… You may have heard the saying, “Great skin begins from within.” Well, it really is true. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and has to work hard to perform all its functions and still look its best. Your skin regulates your body temperature and provides protection, absorption, secretion and sensation.
Retaining the integrity of your skin is the first step to maintaining good health. The skin is the largest organ of the body and your first line of defense against infection, injury, damaging pollutants, and harmful ultraviolet rays. Dirt and debris need to be removed from your skin and face, but without degrading the valuable skin layers. Stop the germ cycle with the following nine tips:
Cleansing Tip #1 – Soaping Up
Rub, Recite, and Rinse. Practice the 3 R’s of good basic hand washing. Rub well, recite the alphabet, and rinse a lot. Frequent hand washing is one of the best preventive measures against spreading infectious diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends spending at least 20-30 seconds (about the time it takes to recite the alphabet from A to Z) lathering your hands to thoroughly dislodge & remove germs. Then rinse well in warm water!
Cleansing Tip #2 – Rinsing
Soap works by attaching itself to dirt and lifting it off. Therefore, if the lather isn’t rinsed off completely, germs and soap end up drying on the skin. Most people don’t rinse well enough after washing. When you think you’re done rinsing, splash your skin at least three more times. Better yet, recite the alphabet while rinsing as well.
Chemicals can be beneficial or hazardous to your health when they pass through your skin and have a biological effect on cellular tissues. Is your skin a chemical trap?
There are three major routes in which chemicals enter the body:
Digestive System (ingestion or eating)
The skin is the largest organ of the body and consists basically of three layers:
(A) Epidermis – outermost layer: Chemicals first make contact with this thin protective layer.
It consists of five sub-layers of tightly packed cells.
The visible top sub-layer is coated with keratin – a tough horny protein that contains fat and fat-like substances.
Keratin cells form the protective barrier against infection, water, injury, harmful ultraviolet rays and damaging pollutants.
(B) Dermis: After a substance passes through all the layers of the epidermis, it contacts this much thicker underlayer called the dermis. The dermis contains most of the skin’s living structures, such as:
Blood vessels (approximately 19 yards of capillaries per square inch)