Skin is the largest organ in the body and comprises of 12-15% of an adult's body weight. There are three layers that make up the skin: (1) The outer layer (epidermis), (2) The true skin (dermis), and (3) The fat cells (subcutaneous layer).
The epidermis is a relatively thin, but tough barrier that mainly consist of cells called keratinocytes. This outer layer of the skin prevents most bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances from entering the body. Underneath this layer lies the dermis, which consists of various connective tissue that determines the structural integrity, elasticity and resilience of our skin. This is the layer where wrinkles are developed. Below this layer is the subcutaneous layer, which consists mainly of fat cells that function as a shock absorber and heat insulator that protects underlying tissues from cold and trauma. Gradual loss of this layer over time leads to the appearance of facial sag, making wrinkles more noticeable.
Since the skin is the largest organ in our body, its important to look after it and keep it healthy. It is also better to choose good quality skincare products that benefits your skin such as those that do not contain harmful ingredients such as Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (SLS) and Fragrances, to name a few. According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), there is evidence that what we put on our skin gets absorbed and goes directly into our bloodstream. But how much it gets absorbed is not well understood. A study was conducted on adolescent girls aged 14-19 and found that harmful chemicals were detected in their urine and blood samples http://www.ewg.org/reports/teens
If you are looking to find a chemical-free skincare product, I would highly recommend Miessence certified organic skincare products. They have a very extensive range of skincare products that your skin would love. their organic certification guarantees you that they do not contain pesticides, and other harmful chemicals or pollutants. So you can be assured that you are putting only the highest quality ingredients on your skin. If these ingredients are absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream, at least you'll know that nothing bad is being absorbed.
Lets take a look at the Miessence Skin Essentials Pack - Balancing (for combination skin).
Some of the herbs that are use include:
Organic Calendula: soothes, heals, and restores
Organic Chamomile: antimicrobial, calms, and soothes
Organic Marshmallow: softens, revitalises, emollient, and hydrates
Organic Olive Leaf: repairs, tones, firms, and antioxidant
Organic St John's Wort: moisturises, astringent, refreshes, tones
Organic Lavender: soothes, relaxes, and regenerates
Organic Rosehip Seed: regenerates, moisturises, and heals
For people with a combination skin type, the Balancing Skin Essentials Pack can be found here. CLICK HERE
Other skin profiles are also available in the Miessence Skincare Range. For a bigger range of Miessence Skincare Products, check out their website here CLICK HERE
I encourage you to try out these products if you are looking to change your skincare products. I've been using them daily for at least a year and noticed a huge improvement to the look and feel of my skin. Furthermore, I also feel good using them because I know that I am feeding my skin with all the good stuff :)
The Miessence certified organic range of products can also be found in One Stop Australian Green Shop, which is an Australian online shop that contains a variety of natural, organic and eco-friendly products that benefits you and your planet. www.australiangreenshop.com