Where Skin Health Meets Longevity

6 min read

NOV 13, 2020
LONGEVITY

Where Skin Health Meets Longevity

6 min read

NOV 13, 2020
LONGEVITY
While the average lifespan of an adult in the US has steadily climbed over 15% in the last 50 years, you may be surprised to learn that the average person spends the last 13 years of their life afflicted by chronic disease. Research continues to show that this gap is largely influenced by your lifestyle, spurring a new movement geared towards optimizing your daily habits to live better for longer.
While the average lifespan of an adult in the US has steadily climbed over 15% in the last 50 years, you may be surprised to learn that the average person spends the last 13 years of their life afflicted by chronic disease. Research continues to show that this gap is largely influenced by your lifestyle, spurring a new movement geared towards optimizing your daily habits to live better for longer.
01

What is the skin?

When it comes to improving your longevity , deciding where to start can seem overwhelming. The truth is, there are many different approaches, some are more effective than others. Regardless of where you are in your health journey, what matters most is that you are ready to take control of your future, starting with your body’s largest organ.Your skin is a big deal. It is estimated that the human body contains approximately 10 trillion cells, and over 1.6 trillion of these are skin cells, making this our largest organ.[ 1 ] These 1.6 trillion cells are largely made up of fibroblasts, keratinocytes, melanocytes, and immune cells - but more to come on that later. These cells work together to form 3 main layers of the skin: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis.
01

What is the skin?

When it comes to improving your longevity , deciding where to start can seem overwhelming. The truth is, there are many different approaches, some are more effective than others. Regardless of where you are in your health journey, what matters most is that you are ready to take control of your future, starting with your body’s largest organ.Your skin is a big deal. It is estimated that the human body contains approximately 10 trillion cells, and over 1.6 trillion of these are skin cells, making this our largest organ.[ 1 ] These 1.6 trillion cells are largely made up of fibroblasts, keratinocytes, melanocytes, and immune cells - but more to come on that later. These cells work together to form 3 main layers of the skin: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis.
While each of these layers plays a different role, they all work together to serve as our first line of defense and act as a critical part of our overall health.
While each of these layers plays a different role, they all work together to serve as our first line of defense and act as a critical part of our overall health.
02

Skin and Hydration

Did you know? Scientists have found that skin appearance can be used as a predictor of an individual’s blood pressure [2].With the constant stress of pollution and UV radiation from the sun, being placed on our skin, it’s no wonder it needs some extra TLC in the form of SPF and sleep, just to name a few. When your skin lacks this extra love, combined with the external stress of the aging process, it begins to weaken. Weak skin means a lot of things, none of them being things you want. It means you are more susceptible to disease and even have a decreased ability to retain water, leading to accelerated skin aging. Check your skincare routine to make sure you are including a product with hyaluronic acid to help your skin stay hydrated.
02

Skin and Hydration

Did you know? Scientists have found that skin appearance can be used as a predictor of an individual’s blood pressure [2].With the constant stress of pollution and UV radiation from the sun, being placed on our skin, it’s no wonder it needs some extra TLC in the form of SPF and sleep, just to name a few. When your skin lacks this extra love, combined with the external stress of the aging process, it begins to weaken. Weak skin means a lot of things, none of them being things you want. It means you are more susceptible to disease and even have a decreased ability to retain water, leading to accelerated skin aging. Check your skincare routine to make sure you are including a product with hyaluronic acid to help your skin stay hydrated.
03

So, what does this all mean for your longevity?

As the skin is one of the few visible organs, scientists have discovered that we can use it as a tool to better understand various aspects of our health that are not visible to the naked eye - such as your heart health and risk of disease. In this way, scientists are leveraging the visibility of skin health to act as a mirror for what is going on internally. In a study of over 500 men and women, scientists found that skin appearance can be used as a predictor of an individual's blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). [2] Individuals with fewer wrinkles and stronger skin had both lower average blood pressure and risk of CVD. To further investigate this connection, scientists then looked at the skin of individuals from families with long-lived members and found that they have significantly fewer wrinkles and more youthful-looking skin. Skincare isn't just about what you put on your skin, but also what you don't. Stay tuned for our upcoming post where we uncover some of the hazardous ingredients commonly used in skincare products!
03

So, what does this all mean for your longevity?

As the skin is one of the few visible organs, scientists have discovered that we can use it as a tool to better understand various aspects of our health that are not visible to the naked eye - such as your heart health and risk of disease. In this way, scientists are leveraging the visibility of skin health to act as a mirror for what is going on internally. In a study of over 500 men and women, scientists found that skin appearance can be used as a predictor of an individual's blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). [2] Individuals with fewer wrinkles and stronger skin had both lower average blood pressure and risk of CVD. To further investigate this connection, scientists then looked at the skin of individuals from families with long-lived members and found that they have significantly fewer wrinkles and more youthful-looking skin. Skincare isn't just about what you put on your skin, but also what you don't. Stay tuned for our upcoming post where we uncover some of the hazardous ingredients commonly used in skincare products!
Key Takeaways:
  • The skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and acts as our primary line of defense against external threats.
  • Skin protects us from threats such as UV light and dirt, and can become dry in the process. Maintaining moisture is important for skin health.
  • Skin health and appearance can be indicative of underlying health problems and conditions.
Key Takeaways:
  • The skin is the largest organ in our bodies, and acts as our primary line of defense against external threats.
  • Skin protects us from threats such as UV light and dirt, and can become dry in the process. Maintaining moisture is important for skin health.
  • Skin health and appearance can be indicative of underlying health problems and conditions.

Reviewed by Alessandra Zonari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder of OneSkin

Alessandra earned her Master’s degree in stem cell biology, and her PhD in skin regeneration and tissue engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in collaboration with the 3B’s Research Group in Portugal. Alessandra did a second post-doctoral at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is a co-inventor of three patents and has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

Reviewed by Alessandra Zonari, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) and Co-Founder of OneSkin

Alessandra earned her Master’s degree in stem cell biology, and her PhD in skin regeneration and tissue engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in collaboration with the 3B’s Research Group in Portugal. Alessandra did a second post-doctoral at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She is a co-inventor of three patents and has published 20 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.

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