Anatomy Of The Skin

29 Nov Anatomy Of The Skin

The School of Botanical Aesthetics in Denver offers a natural, holistic focus in our 600 hour Licensed Esthetician program.  Part of the course of study is learning about the anatomy of the skin and all of its functions.  Understanding the science behind the way our skin functions can be vital to properly caring for it. This is an important part of the esthetician’s role.

First and foremost, the skin is our largest organ. It covers and area of fourteen square feet.  It is actually an integral part of the immune system and is often our first line of defense when battling bacteria and micro-organisms that can cause disruption to the balance of our health.  Ultimately, the skin is designed to keep things out, however certain substances can obviously be absorbed. Some of its other functions include, regulating body temperature, removing toxins, converting UV rays into useable Vitamin D and  regulating moisture.

The skin is comprised of many layers.  The epidermis and dermis are the two upper layers.  The epidermis systematically sheds and replaces the outer layer of skin every 28 days.  The dermis is where the skin’s most vital functions take place.  The subcutaneous layer is below these two and contains, fat, blood vessels, nerves and lymph channels.