The Skin – your largest organ

There are 78 organs in a human body, each with a specific vital function. Organs – essentially a group of tissues – are in fact responsible for conducting all your bodily functions. When we think about our organs – as much as we do spend time thinking about them – it is typically the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, stomach. All the usual suspects. But the largest organ? Your skin.

Your skin is by far the largest organ of your body.

With a surface area of approximately two metres on the average adult and accounting for some 15 percent of your bodyweight, your skin is by far the largest organ of your body. And it is a serious multitasker. You probably can’t tell, but your skin is constantly working away, protecting you, cooling you, connecting you to your environment. It may not be the master organ (the brain) but few people realize its true significance and the importance of the job it has to do.

The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, or the outermost layer; the dermis, beneath the epidermis, made up of tough connective tissue, hair follicles and sweat glands; and the subcutaneous tissue, or hypodermis, composed of fat and connective tissue.

The skin is an organ of protection, regulation and sensation.

It acts as a waterproof barrier to protect the things inside you – muscles, bones, ligaments, internal organs – from radiation, chemicals, infection, and the general harshness of your environment. It regulates your body temperature, and has an extensive network of nerve endings that detect and communicate changes such as heat and cold, and sense pain. Damage to these nerve cells takes away sensation. And skin stores and synthesizes vitamin D, which is essential for the absorption of calcium.

One square inch of your skin holds 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin which is the pigment responsible for skin colour), and more than 1,000 nerve endings. So, as you can tell, your skin does not have an easy job. And it deserves our love and attention to ensure it can keep working to the best of its ability – perhaps even more so as we grow older.

The natural signs of ageing skin

Decades of experience in professional skincare.

pHformula, after decades of experience in professional skincare, has designed products that are tailored to meet the needs of your skin. With treatments based on sound scientific evidence, knowledge and innovation, pHformula has developed an unparalleled understanding of what it takes to care for your skin properly.

For example, the pHformula SOS Rescue Oil , a unique combination of oil blends and naturally-sourced actives, provides a barrier protection for your skin, while smoothing, hydrating, firming, and restoring a natural glow and radiance. The rescue oil can help improve the production of collagen, softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

And your skin needs vitamins.

Protecting the skin from loss of moisture.

For continuous hydration, the pHformula Power Essence Tonic contains natural ingredients that leave your skin firm and refreshed. Quick absorption delivers moisture and nutrients into the skin to improve texture and radiance, even out skin tone, rejuvenate and delay premature skin ageing, and protecting against harmful environmental factors, all the while protecting the skin from loss of moisture.

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