Anatomy of the Skin

Anatomy of the Skin

Posted by Wright Artistry on 2017 Jan 12th

3 Main Layers

EPIDERMIS

The protective, outermost layer of skin.

DERMIS

The living layer of the skin where all key functions take place. This middle layer is made up of blood vessels, oil and sweat glands, hair follicles and the skin's support structure-collagen and elastin.

SUBCUTANEOUS LAYER

The deepest layer (hypodermis), consisting of fat cells to cushion and insulate skin and blood vessels.


Why the Skin Breaks Down

External Stress

Lipid production slows down causing dryness. Skin cells shed unevenly causing flakiness on the surface of the skin.

Environmental

Sun and environmental irritants result in free radical damage causing pre-mature aging. Lipid production slows down, resulting in dryness and fine lines.

Free Radical Damage

An acceleration of free radical damage causing the melanocyte cell to over produce melanin that sits right above the surface, seen as discoloration or hyper pigmentation.

Age

Skin loses cellular energy and the ability to repair. Skin cells start to breakdown causing fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness.