The epidermis is our outermost layer of skin, and can vary in thickness from 0.05 mm (eyelids) to over 1.5 mm (soles of the feet). There are no blood vessels within the epidermis, and the openings to hair follicles, sweat and oil glands are in the epidermis (the rest of these specialized units are within the dermis). The Layers of the Epidermis The epidermis is separated from the dermis by a basement membrane, but this…

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The subcutaneous tissue is the last of our skin layers to review. This layer contains a lot of blood vessels and nerves, and provides a lot of support to the skin above. This layer is made up primarily of fat lobules, held together with Collagen bundles. The subcutaneous tissue layer is where you get a lot of your shots, and although technically this is a layer of fat underneath the skin itself, this layer is…

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If you use nothing else on your skin, I know you do use a cleanser! There is a huge array of products out on the market, with many different price points, different additives and different formulations. Here I’ll be reviewing how soap and cleansers work to clean your skin. Pretty much all how soap and cleansers work this way, whether it is Dawn Dish Soap or a super expensive facial cleanser from Chanel. Quick, read…

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Vitamin C…. doesn’t it kind of sound like someone just decided to take their grandmother’s advice for the common cold and extrapolate that to anti-aging skin care? Or maybe it was just an ingredient laying around that was easy to incorporate into more items? Actually, it really does work. So, what does it do? First, go back to my how anti-oxidants work in skin care post to review oxygen free radicals and how anti-oxidants scavenge…

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Much has been made in the lay press (meaning, ABC News and such), beauty mags, on-line, pretty much everywhere you look about anti-oxidants. They are reported to not only fix your skin, but will make it so that you never get cancer and live 20 years longer. Now, while I don’t know for sure about any of those three (I’m pretty sure no one knows, actually), but dermatologists are pretty sure that antioxidants do help…

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