Let’s learn about the skin

The Skin - Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic


The skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from external elements, helps regulate temperature, and allow us to feel physical sensations. It also helps remove waste through pores. The oils and sweat secreted by the skin are naturally antibacterial. A crucial part of Vitamin D synthesis occurs on the skin with the appropriate skin exposure. Our skin does more than we can see.

The layers of the skin

The skin is made up of three main layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, in order from superficial to deep.


This is the outermost layer that we can see with the visible eye. It is mostly made up of keratinocytes, which constantly grow outwards, resulting in the dead skin we see on the outer surface. The outermost layer is called the stratum corneum. It takes about 5 weeks for new cells to make their way up to the surface. The thickness of the stratum corneum varies on the parts of the body. For instance, it is thicker around the feet than the eyes. The epidermis also has special immune cells to help protect us from infectious agents. It also contains melanocytes that produce the skin pigment melanin. Melanin gives our skin its colour.


The Dermis is the largest layer of the skin. It is made up of collagen fibers and elastin, giving the skin strength, support, and elasticity. Fibroblasts are responsible for synthesizing collagen and elastin. Moreover, blood vessels dilate or contract here to regulate body temperature. Network of nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, and oil glands are also found in this layer.


This is the most abundant protein. It prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Over time, factors such as aging and environmental damage decreases collagen production and also breaks down existing collagen


This gives structure and support to the skin and organs. It is diminished by similar factors as collagen, which results in wrinkles and sag


This is the strongest protein in the skin, the dominant component of hairs and nails. It makes the skin rigid and makes up kertinocytes in the epidermis.

Hypodermis or Subcutaneous Tissue

This is mostly made up of fat. Fat serves as insulation, fuel, and cushion. It also attaches the dermis to muscles and bones and is a point of connection for blood vessel and nerves to the rest of the body.

Foods That Will Keep Your Skin Glowing In The Winter

Winter can be a tough time for your skin. Skin care routines are important, but there is more you can do for your skin. Certain foods can help your skin protect itself from the harsh winter and boost its appearance. It’s hard to choose healthy options in the winter, when all you want to do is cozy up, celebrate holidays, and surround yourself in sweets. But investing a little bit of time during your trip to the grocery store can make all the difference, and help you looking glowing all day. Here are some things to look out for:


They are high in Vitamin A and C. Similar foods include winter squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

  • Vitamin A helps protect the skin from sun damage (which still exists in the winter!) and fade skin pigmentation. It attacks free radicals, which is a source of premature aging and stimulates fibroblasts
    • Fibroblasts – active cell responsible for maintenance of healthy tissues

Grapefruit or other citruses

They are high in Vitamin C

  • Vitamin C is a precursor to collagen production. Collagen is needed to maintain skin elasticity, smoothness, and tone. It also helps brighten and even out the skin tone.


They are High in antioxidants and Vitamins

  • Antioxidants help battle free radicals that cause damage to cells. This can prevent wrinkles, uneven skin tone and other signs of aging.


They are Rich in isoflavones

  • Isoflavones act like antioxidants in fighting free radicals

Fatty fish

They are high in Omega-3 and healthy fats. Certain fish like halibut and yellowfin tuna contain selenium

  • Omega-3 and healthy fats keep skin moisturized and soft. This prevents premature wrinkles. It also strengthens skin cells, protects against cancer, and help reduce inflammation. Other sources of Omega-3 include chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts. Coconut and avocados are also great sources of healthy fats
  • Selenium is a mineral a mineral that preserves elastin in the skin. Elastin keeps your skin tight and smooth.


Olives are high in Vitamin E

  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, preventing free radicals from damaging our cells. It also helps keep our skin moist. If you don’t like olives, almonds are also a great source of Vitamin E


This is rich in Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants


This Contains healthy fats, vitamins, proteins (one of the fruits that contain the highest amount of protein)

  • Proteins help support the collagen structures and elastin on your skin. Avocados are fruits, so you can obtain proteins without cholesterol, which is always present in animal products.


Contains fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

  • Fiber naturally boosts metabolism and helps you keep fuller longer

Botox for Sweating in Thornhill

Get ready for a sweat-free summer. Forget about sweating! At Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic, BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is injected into the skin to treat symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis).

That’s 6.7 months of relief from severe underarm sweating.


Must-Know Spring Beauty Checklist

1. Let exfoliation be your best friend! Exfoliation will give your skin a nice GLOW by removing the dead skin. It’s also an aid to help your favorite skincare products sink deeper into your skin. We would recommend everyone to exfoliate at least twice a week, especially in your T-zone area where it is the most clogged!

2. Don’t forget to incorporate SPF into your daily routine! Sunscreen prevents your skin to age prematurely because it blocks UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the dermis while UVB rays only burn the skin surface. Now your questions may be which SPF rating should you choose for your sunscreen? It should definitely be SPF 15 or higher. You can take the rating of SPF times 10 minutes, meaning you will have 150 minutes before the sun starts to burn. Don’t forget to reapply after 3 hours! Your skin will thank you 10 years from now on.

3. Book your FREE consultation at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic and find out how you can improve your skin’s appearance! Call 905.482.3223

Winter Beauty Tips

Beauty Tips

Winter is a happy season, full of family gatherings, warm drinks and cozy sweaters.

It is also a season of freezing temperature and cold winds that might dehydrate and damage your skin.

But you can stay happy and beautiful during the winter, just drink lots of water, take a lukewarm temperature shower and change your cream from water-based to oil-based.

All of these little steps can make a huge difference in your skin’s appearance. Happy Winter!


Beauty Tip of the Week

go fragarance freeIf you have sensitive skin, be sure to use products that are “fragrance-free”, because fragrance is the most common cause of skincare-related allergic reactions. Cosmetic products that are marked “unscented” are much better for your sensitive skin because they typically contain small amounts of fragrance to help mask the odors of active ingredients. Make smart choices, stay beautiful and healthy.


Super Moisturizing Mask

Moisturizing Mask

All you need is: 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon mashed avocado and 1 teaspoon honey.

Mix those three natural ingredients together and apply to your clean,  dry skin.  Massage your skin with the mask for 1 minute and leave it on your face for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and wipe the rest, using tissues. Enjoy your smooth healthy skin!