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Yes, Your Skin Health is Important. Here’s Why.

While skincare has been an increasingly popular topic in the wellness world, skin health is often overlooked. It turns out, keeping our skin healthy and strong is critical to our overall well-being. 
Your skin is our body’s first line of defense.
The skin is our body’s largest organ — it accounts for almost 16% of your body weight. It's made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutis. The top layer of our skin, the epidermis, is home to the outermost layer of skin known as the stratum corneum. This layer’s primary responsibility is to act as a protective barrier to outside toxins, germs, oils, and any other potentially harmful substances. This top layer is very thin (only approximately 40 micrometers thick, the thickness of a piece of human hair!) and susceptible to damage — which is why it’s essential to keep it healthy.
Your skin is key to your immune system.
Because the skin acts as our protective barrier from external elements, it plays a critical role in the upkeep of our immune system. Outside germs and toxins first come into contact with our skin before anywhere else in the body, so it is essential to ensure the skin is healthy. Cracked, dry skin makes our bodies more susceptible to outside toxins as it weakens the barrier between our bodies and the environment. If we want to support our overall immune health, we need to start by supporting our skin.
Protecting your skin benefits your overall appearance.
Making skin health a priority has many benefits on our appearance, too. Ensuring the skin stays moisturized is not only good for supporting the immune system, but also gives the skin a glowing, supple appearance. We can support our skin’s health and appearance by staying hydrated and getting enough sleep. When we don’t get adequate sleep, our body can break down essential molecules that lead to vibrant skin (like Hyaluronic Acid), under-eye circles, and potentially cause more wrinkles and less skin elasticity by preventing new collagen from forming.
Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body.
While we might think the inside of our bodies feel the majority of the repercussions when we’re deficient in key nutrients, our skin actually is one of the first parts to reflect this lack of nourishment. When we lack nutrients like zinc, Vitamins A, C, D, E, collagen, and water, our skin starts to look dull and as a result, older. When we feed our skin from the inside-out, our complexion brightens and our overall wellbeing improves.
Now what?
Skin health and appearance isn’t just solved with topical treatments, it starts within. Feeding your skin the right nutrients helps maximize our body’s full potential. To boost your skin’s health and glow, get adequate rest, drink plenty of water, and supplement your diets with key nutrients for skin health, such as zinc, collagen, glutathione, and your essential vitamins.

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