The Dermis, is referred to as your true skin.
This is because so much happens in this layer, that is essential for skin health.
So lets go on a journey, directly below our epidermis,
Down to the dermis, which takes centre stage in creating healthy beautiful skin.
The Biology of the Dermis
- It contains 60% water
- It contains protective defence cells
- It is home to sebaceous glands, which produce sebum to keep our skin lubricated
- It contains suderiferous glands that produce sweat, preventing the body from overheating
- It contains a gel mix of molecules, that are designed to nourish and lock in moisture
- The dermis is infused with tiny blood vessels, bringing important nutrients to the surface, keeping our skin nourished and healthy
- Collagen and elastin fibres can be found in the dermis. These are the struts and beams of our skin
- The dermis houses specialised cells and proteins, known as protoglycans and glycosaminoglycans (GAGS). They are vital for healing, growth and repair
- These fibroblasts are bathed in hyaluronic acid, a lubricant that keeps our skin plump and moist. A water loving ingredient, it is often found in products for dry skin because it restores moisture
- The dermis is a power house of nerves, that give us our delicate sensation receptors, so that we are sensitive to touch, pain, hot and cold
As you can see, our dermis is where so many of our skins functions take place.
It is a constant hive of activity.
It also supports a number of structures, such as defence cells and blood vessels.
Hair, oil and sweat glands are all anchored deep within the dermis, they wind their way to the surface, organising the skins immune and repair system.
They feed the epidermis with nutrients, vitamins and chemicals, all of which are all required for a healthy skin.
Here at The Naked Chemist we often liken it to a mini eco centre.
An environment where every part is dependent on works of synergy, with another part of the same system.
No wonder it is referred to as our one true skin!
Follow the link, to find out about our third layer of skin, the subcutaneous fat layer.