Summertime Skin Care

The average person has 2.6 million sweat glands and in the hot summertime sun they produce an awful lot of sweat! Everyone’s body responds differently but in general your body tends to have low sweat production when you’re resting or are in cooler temperatures. High sweat production occurs during or after exercise and being exposed to hotter temperatures especially in the summertime.

When your sweat glands are stimulated, your skin secretes a fluid that contains water, sodium, chloride and potassium. As the sweat appears and removes the heat from your body in its cooling mode, the salty liquid runs off of your skin. After the sweat leaves your body, you’re left with the salt, which is made up of the sodium, chloride and potassium. This is why sweaty skin tends to have a very salty taste to it. The skin is a vast physical barrier at our interface with the external environment and so is designed to protect us against desiccation, and mechanical, chemical and microbial insults. However, it is not an inert defensive barrier; we increasingly learn that even its outer hardened layers are extremely active biochemically. The skin’s supply of sweat and sebum and other entities help maintain a healthy skin surface, not least by regulating its pH.

Most of the skin care product’s active ingredients that improve the appearance of the skin on your face, need to penetrate down into the dermis, the middle layer of the skin. The dermis is made up of blood vessels, lymph vessels, hair follicles and sweat glands. The dermis is held together by a protein called collagen, made by fibroblasts (skin cells that give the skin its strength and resilience).

This layer also contains pain and touch receptors. The sweat glands in the skin’s dermis produce sweat to help keep the body cool. Sweating increases with not only in the summer’s warmer temperatures, but also stress or nervousness plays a role. Sweat consists of water, salt, and other chemicals produced and excreted from the body.

Most skincare product’s effectiveness is based ,in large part, on how it effects the pH of the skin. We have found that Arrestage, Obagi, Orlane and RéVive, just to name a few cosmeceutical formulas, all have products that regulate pH very effectively in harsh environments.

When it comes to skincare and sweat, people with certain skin types can have a difficult time and need special skin care products. What aesthetic skin care professionals are keying into now that summertime is in full swing is skin typing and environmental conditions of the patient’s skin.

Copyright © 2009 Dr. Roy Shapiro *Summertime Skin Care*

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