Sunday, 23 February 2014

Skin Love

Something we all have in common is - SKIN!!  Our skin comes in various shades and textures.  Some of us have porcelain smooth skin without a blemish and others have beautiful freckles sprinkled across our noses and cheeks.  Despite the various variations in our skin one thing is certain, when our skin does not look good most of us are very conscious of it.  The appearance of skin can have such a direct impact on our self esteem that proper care of the skin is essential.  Since we love to help women look and feel their best we decided that we should do some research on various skin care products so that we can share our opinions with you.  In addition, a question that we, at Pink Ink, are frequently asked is "What products should we use on our skin?".  Although you would think that this is an easy question to answer it kinda sorta isn't.  The reason is because the saying "Different Strokes for Different Folks" rings true here.  We decided that we would do a test on some popular skin care brands (all sold by local small business owners of course).  The brands that we tested were Mary Kay, Arbonne, Alouette, Luminesse, Enjo, Skincerity and Seacret.  We will compare and contrast our results with you on a daily basis this week.  Specifically we looked at Effectiveness - did the product do what it said it would do?, Investment - how much of an investment is needed for the standard skin care regimen?; Packaging - what is the presentation of the product? and more.  This will certainly be a blog series you want to follow and not miss!

However, before delving into product comparisons, we all have to understand the Science of Skin in order to truly appreciate and understand how skin care products can actually help our skin.  So here we go.  Our skin has three primary functions - to protect the body from microbes and the environment; to regulate the body's temperature; and permit the sensations of touch, heat and cold.  The skin is able to do this through it's three layers - the dermis, epidermis and hypodermis.

Anatomical Structures of Human Skin
Anatomy of Skin

The epidermis is the outer layer of skin.  The outer layer of the epidermis is continually rejuvenating itself.  Therefore the skin you see today is not necessarily the skin you will seen in six weeks.  I know it sounds gross but yes, we shed!!  We shed our skin on a continual basis.  However, this is a good thing!!!  Getting that outer layer of skin off of our body is essential for new, beautiful and healthy skin to take it's place.

The Dermis is the middle layer of skin and one of it's functions is to house collagen.  Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about collagen.  The reason for this is because collagen is a part of the connective tissue that helps the firmness, suppleness and constant renewal of skin cells in the skin.  It is vital for skin elasticity.

The hypodermis is the inner most layer of the skin.  It is the thickest layer of skin and acts as an energy reserve.  When we talk about skincare, we are primarily speaking of the two top layers of skin, the epidermis and dermis.

Now that we understand a little bit about the composition of our skin, we will continue to learn about the science of skin while we also discuss how skin care products impact the look, feel and health of our skin.  Until tomorrow!

Yours in Beauty,

Pink Ink Divas

Disclaimer:  The products that will be discussed over the course of the next week have been used by both Pink Ink Divas - Jen & Rita.  All information discussed on this blog about the above named products are solely the opinions of Jen & Rita and should be viewed as such.  Pink Ink will not and cannot be held responsible for any reactions a person may experience with the use of any of the above named products.