We can liken the layers of skin to an outfit:
The Epidermis: This is the sweater our outer layer.
The Dermis: This is the blouse, the middle layer.
The Subcutaneous fat layer: This is the vest, the deepest layer.
Our Subcutaneous fat layer, is made up of fat cells, these are known as adipose tissue and loose connective tissue.
These tissues and cells, attach themselves to muscle and bones.
Subcutaneous Fat Layer
Lets have a look at some of its functions:
- Fat cells serve as an energy reserve
- It adheres your skin to the tissues underneath it
- It gives us our internal cushioning and encases our organs
- It draws nutrients and oxygen from our blood stream, in order to feed the whole skin
- It’s a heat insulator, keeping our body warm and stabilising our body temperature
- It is abundant in breasts, hips, thighs and abdomen, padding out the whole body working like a shock absorber
Role of Subcutaneous Fat Layer
Our Subcutaneous fat layer is a vital centre of activity, it has a direct effect on our complexion and how our skin looks and feels.
It provides energy, storage and support for what lies below, helping to give the dermis structure.
In fact technically it’s not really skin.
It is a layer of fat and connective tissue that lies between the skin and muscles.
Here the subcutaneous cells are tightly woven together, their rich in blood and lymphatic vessels, and contain interspersed bundles of nerves and fibers.
The cells in the subcutaneous fat layer, are continually sending and receiving messages, they deliver nourishment, transport and clean up crews for cuts and infections.
Whilst the entire time producing plump even contours, that we associate with youth and healthy skin.
As we age our subcutaneous tissue does start to disintegrate, it becomes less able to protect the body’s delicate bones and organs.
Which is why, we are more prone to getting injured and feeling the cold.
See a little fat layer around the stomach is not such a bad thing, so please don’t panic, because it is essential to good health.