Monday, November 07, 2016

"You Are What You Put In and On Your Body"

In August, I attended the Face & Body Expo for Northern California in San Jose, and among the numerous educational seminars was one that really resonated with me. The seminar was titled Glow From the Inside Out - How food & lifestyle choices are reflected in the skin, with speaker Ginger Hodulik, Vice President of research and development at DermaMed and also a Certified Nutrition Specialist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition. I made sure to take extensive notes because I knew this was a topic I wanted to share with you all.

We all remember learning in school that our skin, the epidermis, is the largest organ, weighing more than any other organ in the body, accounting for 15% of your total weight. One inch of skin holds 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes, and 1,000+ nerve endings.

The epidermis is the outside protective layer, comprised of keratinocytes (epidermal cells that produce keratin), melanocytes (mature melanin-forming cells), and langerhans cells (antigen-presenting immune cells).