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Did you know that your skin is your body's largest organ? The greatest environmental danger to the skin is the sun. Without sun exposure, the skin does not wrinkle, change color or become marred with spots. Excessive sun exposure damages the immune system in the skin, destroys both collagen and elastin production and kills some normal cells. Heat and cold also damage skin and reduce functionality. The environment contains many chemical agents that react with the skin and create free radicals which in turn react with the compounds in the skin. Fortunately, proper diet and proper hygiene practices can help reduce the visible signs of damage caused by the environment.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|