Let’s pause and take a moment to appreciate the awesomeness of our oft-forgotten friend, the skin.
Your body’s largest organ, the skin, acts as a protective, dynamic interface between you and the environment. Roughly 30,000 skin cells are born and another 30,000 die every single day. Each square centimeter contains millions of cells, hundreds of glands, nerve endings, and blood vessels, and performs a multitude of functions. Your skin is a detoxifier, an immunity booster (through Vitamin D production), a natural heating and air conditioning system (through goosebumps and sweat glands), an anti-bacterial layer, a protecting and insulating cushion for the body, a passageway to the bloodstream, a storehouse of nerve endings signaling pleasure or pain… and did I forget to mention it holds you together? (thanks, skin!)
Biologically, the skin is a powerhouse of intricate functions that create balance and health in your body. But emotionally, the skin can often be a source of frustration. A measure of age and beauty, it’s the world's first glimpse into who we are. As we see other people, we’re instinctively attracted to radiant, glowing skin (perhaps because it signals health). And too often when we feel insecure with our own skin, we instinctively shy away from a potentially judging world. Our confidence, sense of beauty, and emotional well-being can rise and fall with the appearance of our skin.