Skin Barrier Love: Thick Skin For Resilience, Radiance, and Rejuvenation

What you put on and into your body greatly impacts the condition of your skin and your overall health. That is why Kaliks is dedicated to sourcing ingredients that are ultra-pure; we use lavender in our Revival Facial Mist that is grown with biodynamic agriculture practices, and maintain stringent standards for the extraction processes of all essential oils or extracts so as not to risk any contamination during growth or processing (even within industry "allowable" levels). 

To better understand how topical products affect your skin, let’s look at its form and function.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and is responsible for:

  • Acting as a protective layer against the environment, pollution, UV, and bacteria, and infections
  • Feeling touch and physical sensations vital to survival
  • Regulating body temperature
  • Providing warning signals for pain and injury
  • Water-proofing and regulating fluid
  • Eliminating waste
  • Microbiome support for the immune system 

 The skin is roughly divided into three layers: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.

The epidermis is the outer top layer that you see externally and consists of three different types of cells that are a principal part of the immune defense system. These dermal cells collectively block toxins and pathogens from the body, prevent loss of moisture and heat, make pigment, and carry out waste to other parts of the body where it can be processed and eliminated.  

It takes around 4 weeks for the epidermis to be completely replaced, though this process slows down with age.  

The dermis comes next, and is the main part of the skin. It consists of connective tissue housing blood vessels, lymph vessels, sensory nerve endings, sweat glands, hairs and sebaceous glands that produce sebum (your own natural oil). 

The hypodermis (aka subcutaneous fat) is the deepest and thickest layer of the skin and lies above the fascia tissue. This layer contains bundles of collagen and is mainly composed of fat cells. It functions mainly as an energy reserve, insulation, and padding to prevent injury to underlying muscles and to give an external look of buoyancy to the skin. 

So back to how thick is your skin? It varies from 0.05 mm on the thinnest skin like eyelids & behind the ears, up to 1.5 mm thick on palms and soles of the feet. Male skin is typically thicker than female skin, and the skin changes over time depending on age, exposure, seasons, injury, microbes and how it's cared for. 

As your bodies first point of contact with the world, you skins acts as a sensual, protective, regulatory and multi-functioning organ that is incredibly important. Everything that you apply topically affects your skins ability to function optimally, and thus impacts your overall well being. 

The question is, how are your products impacting your skin? Kaliks Collective products are made to strengthen your skin, from inside and out, by focusing on the skin barrier: your skin's regulator, balancer, and harmonizer for all layers of the skin. A strong, healthy, thick skin barrier is the place to start when healing any skin imbalance, learn more here

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