Our skin is the largest organ in our body, so it makes sense to remember to look after it, just like we would our internal organs.  Our skin serves as a barrier, so things that are not supposed to be inside the body cannot get in and its also an eliminator so the things inside us can be expelled out.

It is important to understand the basics of your skin, so you can look after it properly and take all the guess work out.  Our skin contains 3 layers the Epidermis, Dermis & Hypodermis.  Below I have given a very basic explanation of what each layer is and does.

EPIDERMIS – This is your skins top layer, the layer that you see.  It is very thin and its job is to make new skin cells, this happens at the bottom of the epidermis layer.  The skin cells travel up to the top layer and flake off around a month after they form.  Then epidermis makes melanin, which gives your skin its colour.  The epidermis has special cells that are part of your immune system and help protect your body and stay healthy.  When you are younger your cell turnover is a lot quicker as your get older it slows down, giving the appearance of dry skin, when in fact your skin might just need a good exfoliation to get rid of those dead skin cells.

DERMIS – This is your skins middle layer and where some of your blood vessels are located, these feed the epidermis.  The dermis is made up of fibrous and elastic tissue which provides strength and flexibility to the skin.  When we start to age it’s at the Dermis layer that our skin starts to sag and wrinkles begin to form. This layer of skin is permanent unlike the Epidermis.  Did you know when you get a Tattoo the ink goes into this layer?

HYPODERMIS – This is where most of the skins blood vessels live along with hair follicles and sweat glands.  This is the subcutaneous fat layer, it is the layer that pads your muscles and bones, it protects them from bumps and falls.

Skin can become dry or oily for many different reasons, generally speaking dry skin occurs when your skin is not properly retaining water.  Our bodies are mostly made up of water, so it is important that our skin retain it but for various reasons it does not.  In winter our skin becomes dry more often, this is because of low humidity, heating, bulk clothing. basically your epidermis does not have enough moisture, you may notice after taking a shower or bath your skin looks & feels dry.  Your skin contains natural oils and hot water can strip these oils.

Oily skin happens because your sebaceous glands (housed in the Dermis) are producing to much oil (Sebum) this could happen due to hormone issues, unhealthy eating, over cleansing/stripping your skin.  You need to help your body get back to homeostasis and find its natural ph balance.

To sum it all up our skin cells are constantly dying and flaking off, which in the right conditions or genetics can lead to dry skin.  Which then requires a good moisturiser, look for one without water Body Butter, Body Oils, Facial Skin Oils & Night Creams are a good option.  If you are producing too much oil you still need a good moisturiser to help your skin reach its optimal ph balance.

Moisturisers are meant to help provide moisture to our outermost layer of skin (Epidermis).  This moisture is crucial in helping our skin to do its main jobs which are…

  • Be a barrier, so things that are not supposed to be inside the body cannot get in.
  • Serve as an eliminator, so the things inside us can be expelled out (think Liver as it has no other pathway).

What is your favourite moisturising RBB Skincare Product? Or what RBB Skincare moisturiser would you like to try and tell us why in the comments section.  When you do, you automatically go into the draw to win your favourite RBB moisturiser for free, including free shipping.  (NZ Only)  Drawn 30 April 2020.