Sunday, 28 December 2014

About our Skin

About our Skin

Our skin is one part of our body we would do well not to mistreat. It is the only barrier between our organs and the hostile atmosphere full of bacteria and pollution. It’s easy to forget that it is in fact our largest organ. Although appearing simple, it is very complex in structure, and it is actually absolutely essential to our overall survival, not to mention a huge asset on a modelling audition.

Our skin serves a lot of purposes and we’re either not aware of many of them or take them for granted. First of all it protects us from the elements. The air around us has countless foreign bodies in it, waiting to have a chance at infecting us. It is only our skin, stomach acid, and respiratory mucus that form a defence against the air. Our skin regulates our temperature. When we’re too cold, blood is withdrawn from our extremities and the skin goes bumpy. This is an ancient reflex that scientists think was developed when we as a species had more bodily hair, but it still traps a thin layer of air close to the skin, insulating slightly against further heat loss. When we’re too hot, our skin knows to sweat. Water conducts heat twenty times more efficiently than air. In other words, it saps heat out of the skin and evaporates.

Skin pores also excrete oils. Skin pores keep the upper layers moisturised and stop them drying out and flaking. We can upset the balance of oil production quite easily. If you consider washing your hair twice a day, it’ll get greasy a lot quicker than if you wash it three times a week. This is because it dries the scalp which then has the immediate reaction of producing more oil! The same is true for facial skin. Minimal interference with your body’s own rhythms is definitely advised. Pay attention to how your skin reacts to certain routines and products and amend them accordingly. Sometimes at modelling auditions you’ll see someone have their make-up taken off, and underneath is blotchy and spotty. This is because they either wear too much make-up too often, or don’t pay attention to their skin’s needs. 

The final thing a model should look at regarding skin in this article is the fact that it produces a vital vitamin for us. Vitamin D is made from being in contact with sunlight. Deficiencies of this vitamin can cause depression and lethargy, often associated with seasonal affected disorder.

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