Our skin is more than just a shell that protects the human body from external influences. It is, in fact, a real all-rounder and the largest organ in the body. The skin's many tasks include excreting unnecessary substances or regulating body temperature. Yet our skin can also absorb ingredients in order to appear more radiant and healthy. Here are a few fascinating facts about our skin.
FOR EXAMPLE, DID YOU KNOW THAT…
- the skin surface of an adult with a height of 1.7 metres measures 1.7 to 1.8 square metres?
- the skin of a person weighing 70 kg weighs 14 kg? That's equivalent to 20% of the body weight! Of this, 10 kg is the subcutaneous layer and 4 kg the cutaneous layer (epidermis and dermis).
- the skin is about 1 mm thick on the face but 3 mm thick on the buttocks?
- a quarter of the water contained in the body is stored in the skin?
- the water content of the skin makes up approx. 72% of the skin's weight?
- from 300,000 sebaceous glands, an adult produces two to three grammes of sebum on average each day? Half of which comes from the hair on the head?
- 20 mg of fat produced by the conversion from living to dead skin cells is added to the sebaceous oil every day?
- two million small sweat glands are embedded in the skin?
- about half a litre of water evaporates imperceptibly from the skin every day, without any previous physical exertion?
- up to ten litres of water per day can be sweated out through the skin during physical exertion?
- an average of 135,000 hairs are embedded in the skin? Approx. 25,000 of these are on the body.
BUT THE SKIN CAN DO EVEN MORE – IT'S THE «THIRD KIDNEY», FAT PROVIDER AND PERFUMIER.
The functions performed by our kidneys inside the body, are also carried out by our skin in a supporting role. For example, perspiration not only regulates body temperature, but also transports salts and other water-soluble substances, such as medication residues, out of the body. In addition, countless scent glands secrete oil-containing scents and use them to form the body's own, individual aroma. Millions of sebaceous glands, their outlets located in every single hair shaft, secrete their own substance – known as sebum. This «natural skin oil» makes the skin soft and smooth – a wonderful side-effect of waste disposal!
Through every moment of our lives, our skin helps to free us from unnecessary substances and our bodies to purge themselves. This is why the skin is referred to as «the third kidney».
OPEN FOR CLEANSING INGREDIENTS.
Alongside its function as an excretion organ, the skin is also able to absorb substances. This capability is harnessed by medical practitioners, e.g. in the use of medications. For example, the hormones in patches for the treatment of menopausal symptoms are delivered to the bloodstream through the skin. According to this principle, it should also be possible for cosmetic ingredients to reach the deeper skin layers. But in order that the nourishing ingredients can be properly delivered to the skin, its surface must be free from make-up, dirt and impurities. Only then is the skin able to absorb molecules.
BUT – WHAT CAN GET INTO THE SKIN?
Thankfully, not every substance can easily make its way into our bodies through the skin. Otherwise it would be very difficult for us to protect ourselves from invasive and harmful impurities. Molecule size is the factor that determines whether a substance can be absorbed by the skin: the skin's outer layer of skin prevents large molecules from penetrating it, whereas smaller molecules pass through the corneal layer far more easily.
Previously, the best-known way was through traditional care creams, which are composed of a mixture of fat, water and oil. The problem with this is that the cream consists not only of fat, oil and water, but also contains a substantial proportion of chemical additives, which stabilise the cream and make it smell nice. Yet these ingredients are not good for the skin – quite the opposite! They overload the skin and force it to carry out additional excretion activity, in order to get rid of the unnecessary substances again. They also harbour a considerable allergy risk. On the other hand, the really useful ingredients (between ourselves) make up less than 1%! This is because, even though the skin is capable of absorbing vast quantities of substances, most cosmetics contain hardly any ingredients that actually do the skin any good.
MAINTAINING THE BALANCE – A FULL-TIME JOB.
By alternately absorbing and secreting, our body achieves a healthy – but wasteful – equilibrium on a daily basis. Alongside countless external influences, the skin is also exposed to the natural ageing process. As it ages, it increasingly loses oil and moisture and is not able adequately to balance out this deficiency without help. The following points are therefore essential for optimum facial care:
1 Cleanse your skin thoroughly of sebum, perspiration, dirt and make-up.
2 With gentle, daily exfoliation you can also remove dead skin cells, etc. Only after these two steps is the skin ready to absorb active ingredients that you may wish to supply to it.
3 Harness the physiological properties of the skin by only supplying it with what it actually needs. This means natural substances where possible, free from preservatives, alcohol, fragrances, emulsifiers, etc.
FILSUISSE HELPS YOUR SKIN TO DO ITS WORK.
Allow us to summarise: pore-deep cleansing, gentle exfoliation and the absorption of ingredients in a high concentration are necessary for optimum care. And there is a perfect, all-in-one solution available for this: the special structure of FilSuisse facial wipes enable you to clean your skin gently and deep into the pores. This is ideal preparation for the skin, so that it can absorb the natural active ingredients directly and in high concentration. The microencapsulation of ingredients in liposomes protects the active ingredients on their way into the skin. Compared to a conventional cream, which contains many unnecessary ingredients, FilSuisse is a real concentration of active ingredients, since it contains only substances that actually benefit the skin. This means you can help your skin to go about its daily «work» usefully and effectively, without overburdening it!
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