November 25, 2018 Tags: Aesthetics, Anti-Aging Medicine, Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Regenerative Medicine Health by Amelia WhitehartWe rarely think of our skin as a vital organ. It doesn’t pump nutrients around our body and it doesn’t bring in fresh air, yet the skin is just as much a vital organ as the heart or lungs. It gives our body shape, form, and flexibility, and protects our inner organs from harm. It is the primary barrier between our bodies and the outside, absorbing damage caused by daily exposure to sun, wind, and environmental pollution. Moreover, as we age, our skin naturally loses vital proteins such as elastin, which gives the skin its flexibility and elasticity, and collagen, which enables the growth of new, healthy cells and contributes to an evenly textured, smooth skin surface. Together, the natural aging process and constant exposure to the elements take a visible toll on the health and appearance of our skin.