Skin is our largest organ, covering our bodies from head to toe. As a result, it’s also the most vulnerable organ. On a daily basis, our skin is exposed to pollution and UVA/UVB rays, and directly absorbs whatever we put on it. Now that summer has begun, we want to make sure you have the tools you need to keep your skin healthy and happy.
KNOW YOUR SKIN
The skin has THREE layers:
1. The epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin. It is composed of dead skin cells, which are constantly shed, as well as basal cells (the cells responsible for skin renewal), keratin, and melanin. This layer provides a waterproof barrier for our bodies and gives our skin its pigmentation. Since the epidermis is 100% visible, it is where any irregularities and abnormalities can be spotted.
2. The dermis is the middle layer of the skin. Collagen, which makes up 75% of the skin, is primarily found in this layer and forms a scaffold of sorts to support the skin’s elastin. This layer also contains blood and lymph vessels, hair follicles, sweat glands, and sebaceous glands.
3. The hypodermis is the deepest layer of skin that is made mainly of fat and has an extensive network of blood vessels. The main jobs of the hypodermis is to protect internal organs and keep the body at a consistent temperature.
Some types of skin cancers - such a melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma - are evident on the epidermis and can appear in the form of skin irregularities such as dry spots, sores, or moles.
Nathalie, a withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen customer and skin cancer survivor, recently explained to the Trumarine Team the importance of knowing your skin, ‘trusting your gut’, and being your own advocate. Some small blemish on your skin can actually be a big problem, and therefore visible abnormalities on the epidermis shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Nathalie noticed several differences in her skin - a papercut-like sore near her lip, which kept healing and reappearing, a perfect red dot on her nose, which she knew was not a pimple, and a patch of dry, peeling skin, the size of a pencil eraser on her temple. With a history of skin cancer in her family, she requested a biopsy be done on these particular spots. These tests, despite the doctor's intuition, consistently came back positive for skin cancer.
“I was seeing spots, I knew they weren’t pimples, and I told my doctor to do a biopsy. Every time I was told, ‘No, it’s fine. You’re getting old, it’s just an age spot.’ And I would say ‘No — do a biopsy anyways,’ and every time I was right. So, always trust your gut.”
No one knows your skin and your body like you do.
Many types of skin cancer are visible on the epidermis and in most cases are detectable. When these types of skin cancer are detected early, they are highly treatable.
Early detection is key!
Be aware of and monitor any moles, scars, birthmarks, or skin abnormalities on your epidermis. If any of these skin marks change shape, size, or color, it’s important to get them checked by a physician as soon as possible.
Becoming acquainted with your epidermis, and monitoring it, can make spotting abnormalities and irregularities on this outer layer of skin an easier task, which could save your life.
There are contributing factors to skin cancer that people cannot control, such as genetics and family history. However, there are several factors that can be controlled — such as effectively protecting your skin against UVA/UVB light and being sun smart.
UV light, both natural and artificial, has been linked to the most common types of skin cancer, including melanoma, basal and squamous cell carcinoma. Therefore taking proper precautions when exposed to UV light is very important for maintaining healthy skin.
Sun Smart Tips:
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Avoid direct exposure to the sun in peak hours of the day (11:00 AM - 3:00 PM), as this is when UV rays are strongest and most dangerous.
Wear a wide brimmed hat when out in the sun. The wide brim will protect areas more sensitive to sun exposure, such as your face, neck, and ears.
DO NOT use indoor tanning beds. Indoor tanning has been shown to increase the risk of melanoma by up to 75%.
We at TruMarine value our customer’s health and well-being.
To learn more about the different types of skin cancers, early detection keys, and how to protect yourself please visit The Canadian Dermatology Association.
Love the skin you’re in.
Xo TruMarine Team