Skin ageing

Peter Berger

“What is this covering that we call the skin — this amazing envelope that contains some of the most extraordinary mechanisms in the entire body? It is not just the ‘giftwrap of life’, but an efficient organ of the body that guards, nourishes and protects it 24 hours a day. Yet we take our skin for granted. The skin is surely the most abused organ of the body. We dig, rub and scratch it. We expose it to all the elements, including extremes of heat, cold, sun, wind, rain and snow. In the name of beauty we scrub it, pull it, bend it, paint it and spray it. In the name of health we massage it with oils, cook it in the sauna, and bake it in the sun. Yet it survives …”