The skin is the body's largest organ, covering in entirety your external body - the biggest connection with the world around you. Weighing approximately six pounds the skin provides protection against heat, light, injury, and infection while also performing other significant functions like regulating body temperature and storing water, fat, and vitamin D. It is in essence an amazing feat of the creation story. So we thought it would be interesting to spend some time to explore this fascinating organ.
Throughout the body, the skin's characteristics vary (i.e. thickness, color, texture). For instance, the skin on your head has more hair follicles than anywhere else, while the soles of your feet have none. The soles, along with the palms of your hands have much thicker layers than are found anywhere else on your body. Your skin is made up of three primary layers - epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. Let us further enumerate the functions of each of these layers.
The epidermis is the thin outermost layer of your skin. It is, itself, made up of three layers. The stratum corneum is the one that is continuously shedding. The keratin, a protein formed from the dead cells, protects the skin from external substances. The keratinoctye layer has living squamous cells, which enable the skin to protect the rest of your body. And lastly, the innermost basal layer contains basal cells. These cells are continuously dividing to form new keratinocytes, replacing those that are being shed from your skin's surface. Note: the epidermis also contains melanocytes, which are the pigment cells that produce melanin.
The next layer is the dermis. This middle layer is made up of blood vessels, lymph vessels, hair follicles, and sweat glands. The dermis is held together by a protein called collagen, made by fibroblasts - skin cells which give your skin its strength and resilience. This layer also contains pain and touch receptors.
The final layer, the subcutis is the deepest layer of your skin - also known as the subcutaneous layer. The subcutis consists of a network of collagen and fat cells. These work to conserve your body's heat and protects your body's other organs from injury by acting as a shock absorber.
At OM BOTANICAL ™ we are concerned about every layer of your skin and thus we design products that nourishes every bit of your skin unconditionally. Synthetics, which your skin is not designed to protect your body from, can not only cause long lasting damage to your skin but also to your general health. Thus we strive bring to you products that are pure and truly natural.