Derma Chemistry: Skin Complexion

Skin complexion is the natural color, appearance, and texture of the skin.  It is what many call the skin tone (undertones are the subtle hues underneath the surface of the skin).  Skin types can be based on genetics and include dry, oily, combination, and normal.  Skin conditions are based on internal (hormones, eating habits, etc.) and external (pollution, sun exposure, etc.) factors.  There are many shades of skin in the world and they are made possible by melanocytes, which produce melanin (pigment).  We all should have the same number of melanocytes, but we do not all produce the same amount of melanin.  Melanin production depends on the genes (you may thank your parents for this).  If you carry a lighter complexion than you do not produce as much melanin as a darker skinned person.  The more melanin produced, the more a person is protected by the suns rays.  Melanin is a built in UV protectant that shields the body from overexposure to sun.  Please continue to use sunscreen as this is not full-proof!  Darker skinned people are less likely to get skin cancer as a result of melanin production.  When a person tans, melanin production is triggered (like a safe guard).  It is the body’s way of trying to protect you from overexposure.  The downside is the skin burns before the protective coating is made available (the burn comes before the tan…).  Changing your skin complexion is possible with bleaching, however the side effects are dangerous.  Removing the natural skin protectant (melanin) exposes you to the suns harmful rays.  It breaks down the normal functions of the epidermis over time and causes skin to look spotty.  Cancer is another serious side-effect.  I know the incoming trend (USA) is to cosmetically lighten your skin but try to reconsider loving the natural skin complexion you carry.    You are beautiful just the way you are!

Love the skin You're in,

the esso skin care team


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