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What makes up the first layer of skin?

Let’s start at the very bottom with the foundation: a layer of subcutaneous fat, which provides energy storage and protective padding, cushioning flesh and bones when you slip on ice, for instance. It also insulates your body from heat and cold, and it’s the starting point for these other vital skin components.

  • Sweat glands -- they filter out toxins, water, and excess salt and are an essential part of your air conditioning system. As sweat evaporates, it cools your jets. These glands start here but like any good AC system, they spiral upward.
  • Lymphatics and blood vessels -- they permeate the foundation layer,sending and receiving messages (you know: “ahhh, that feels nice,” “wow,that’s cold,” “ouch!”), delivering nourishment, and providing transportand cleanup crews for cuts and infections. As with the sweat glands,they extend upward into the next layer, like zillions of tiny staircases.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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