SkinsightOctober 12, 2018
The skin is the largest organ on the body, made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids and different minerals and chemicals. The skin will change constantly and will regenerate itself approximately every 28 days. Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ.
The skin layers
Epidermis: The outer layer of the skin
The epidermis is the thinnest layer in your skin, but it’s responsible for protecting you from the harsh environment. The epidermis has five layers of its own: Stratum Corneum,Stratum Lucicum, Stratum Granulosum, Stratum Spinosum and Stratum Basale. The epidermis also hosts different types of cells: keratinocytes, melanocytes and Langerhans cells. Keratinocytes produce the protein known as keratin, the main component of the epidermis. Melanocytes produce your skin pigment, known as melanin. Langerhans cells prevent foreign substances from getting into your skin.
Dermis: The middle layer of the skin
This layer contains nerves that sense pain, touch, and temperature and is the layer responsible for wrinkles. The dermis is a complex combination of blood vessels, hair follicles and sebaceous (oil) glands. Here you’ll find collagen and elastin, two proteins necessary for skin health because they offer support and elasticity. In this layer you will find ‘Fibroblasts’, these cells synthesize collagen and elastin.
Subcutis: The skin’s fatty layer
Reduction of tissue in this layer is what causes your skin to sag as well as wrinkle. This layer hosts sweat glands, and fat and collagen cells. The subcutis is responsible for conserving your body’s heat and protecting your vital inner organs.
Collagen is found in the dermis and is the most abundant protein in the skin, making up 75% of this organ. This is also your fountain of youth. It is responsible for warding off wrinkles and fine lines. Over time, environmental factors and ageing diminish your body’s ability to produce collagen and can also break down existing collagen.
When you hear the word elastin, think elastic. This protein is found with collagen in the dermis, and is responsible for giving structure and support to your skin and organs. As with collagen, elastin is affected by time and the elements. Diminished levels of this protein cause your skin to wrinkle and sag.
Fibroblasts are young, connective tissue cells which are responsible for the texture of the skin. They are found together with collagen and elastin in the connective tissue of the dermis.
Keratinocytes are the most common type of skin cells. They make keratin, a protein that provides strength to skin, hair and nails. Keratinocytes form in the deep, basal cell layer of the skin and gradually migrate upward before reaching the surface of the skin over the course of a month. Its main function is to form a barrier between the skin and its environment.
DNA is like the hard drive of the cells that contain all information. DNA is stored in the core of the skin cells, and includes the building plan for the production of all proteins. During mitosis identical copies of the DNA are made. If your DNA is healthy and okay, then your skin is beautiful.
Dermatude works on the epidermis, the upper layer of the skin. The treatment module perforates the basal cell layer into the upper layer of the dermis (not deeper than 0.3 mm), which when activated, enhances the production of collagen and elastin, cell renewal and natural skin regeneration. Due to the patented Flex Head Technology in the treatment module, it is impossible to go into the deeper layers of the skin; the risk on the development of subcutaneous scar tissue is nil. Meta Therapy has a double active function; the controlled micro perforations activate the natural regeneration of the skin and apply the exact amount of active ingredients (Subjectables) in the layer of the skin where they can be most active.