The Use Of Skin Biology And Skin Care And Treatment Processes That Can Be Applied

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As the skin is a highly visible part of a person, skin health and appearance will usually play a role in a person’s confidence and wellbeing. The role of the beauty therapist is to provide beauty treatments and client advice to maintain and enhance the health and appearance of the skin. A beauty therapist requires knowledge of the skin structure and and its functions in order to provide the best possible treatments. This report will outline knowledge of skin biology and skin care and treatment processes that can be applied to promote optimum skin health and appearance. 1.Knowledge of skin structure and promotion of skin health. 1.1 The integumentary system is an organ containing the skin, hair, nails and glands and specialised receptors. Skin is one of the largest organs in the body in surface area and weight, consisting of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. Beneath the dermis lies the hypodermis or subcutaneous fatty tissue. The skin has three main functions: protection, regulation and sensation. 1.2 The function and role of the skin Our body is protected by layers of skin which function in ways that can protect our body from the elements that we endure in our everyday life. The skin offers protection for underlying organs from bacteria while the sebum protects against moisture loss as well as providing an antiseptic effect. Melanin provides the skin’s defense against sun damage. Nerves provide resistance to injury via the reflex action to pain stimuli. The

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