The definition of an organ is a part of an organism that is typically self-contained and has a specific vital function. I still find it strange to think about skin as an organ. It’s the largest organ in your body; it measures about 20 square feet and weighs around 9 lbs. Your skin protects you from microbes, and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold (WebMD). The skin helps stop around 90% of all bacteria and dirt that try to enter your body.
The skin protects us from the sun’s UV rays which are very harmful to the body. Melanin is a group of pigments that gives your skin its color and protects you from cancer-causing UV rays.
First, we must understand the different layers of the skin and each layer’s function.
The Different Layers of Skin
- The stratum corneum is a crust of dead skin cells that lays on the epidermis.
- The epidermis is the outer layer of skin and is the primary protective structure.
- The middle layer is the dermis that provides support and strengthens the epidermis.
- The deepest layer is the subcutaneous layer and is a layer of fat that provides nutrients to the other two layers and insulates the body.
How Moisturizing Works
Hydrated skin is vital in keeping your skin functioning properly. When choosing a moisturizer, make sure you are sticking to natural ingredients that combine two or more of these properties.
- Emollients soften the skin without actually adding any moisture. They can be found in face creams and lipsticks.
- Humectants add moisture by drawing water to the epidermis to re-hydrate the skin’s surface. They can be found in everything from serums to face masks.
- Occlusives prevent moisture from leaving the skin by creating an oil or lipid barrier. They can be found in serum, oils, or lotions.
Argan Oil Serves a Dual Purpose
It is both a humectant and an occlusive.
Argan oil stimulates moisture production in the dermis that is drawn to the surface of the skin. This process increases water in the stratum corner and the occlusive seals in the moisture by creating an oil barrier.
In especially dry weather, like the climate of Southeastern Morocco, common humectants can draw too much water from the dermis and cause premature drying. That’s why Argan Oil has been a staple of skincare rituals for centuries.
My suggestion is to try it for at least 2 weeks before making a decision. A few drops can go a long way when applied in the morning and at night