The skin, our largest organ, is designed to protect our bodies from disease and exposure. The epidermis, the outer layer, is our first line of defence, keeping us water resistant and giving our skin colour through melanin. The dermis contains nerve endings, sweat glands, oil glands, hair follicles, and small blood vessels, this is where the deep defence against pathogens occurs. The hypodermis is mainly comprised of fat cells to keep us warm and cushion our organs, this layer of the skin also connects the top two layers to the muscles and tissue below.
Jessica Defino (Yarbrough), Insta@JessicaDefino_, is one of the smartest skin specialists around and has written for “Vogue”, “Marie Claire” and “Nylon” to name a few. In a post for “The Zoe Report” - “You Do Not Have Sensitive Skin”, Jessica explains that most people have “sensitized skin” due to an overuse of products such as exfoliants, high dose retinoids, steroidal cremes and toxicants, all which dehydrate and weaken the barrier layer of the skin. “Sensitive skin is something you are born with and sensitized skin is something you do to yourself. With skincare. And you can un-do it to yourself. With less skincare. ALSO, just because your skin has a reaction to a certain ingredient, even a common ingredient, it doesn’t mean that your skin is sensitive, it means it is SKIN! *All* skin (usually) reacts poorly to stuff it doesn’t want/need, that’s it’s job!”
My bout with contact dermatitis after ten years of working in salons that used heavily scented products, is a case in point. My skin was telling me to clean up my act, so I used nothing on it for a while, making it much easier to identify the smelly culprits responsible for my condition. I developed WORLD Hair and Skin because at the time, I could not find non-toxic products that were fragrance free. WORLD products have no parabens, silicones, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance, colour, siloxanes, palm oil, and hydrolyzed wheat protein (which makes them gluten free). Our top-quality plant-based ingredients are gentle enough for babies and we have heard over and over again, how our products have helped sooth dryness, itchiness, redness and other symptoms related to poor quality, mass produced ingredients and the overuse of soaps and other products that hamper the skin’s natural ability to self-regulate.