We break down everything you needs to know.
Our skin, our other-self. It is the capsule shielding of our soul. It gives us shape, protects us, and preserves us.
Gentle and sensitive, yet resilient and strong…
It can do so many things, safeguard our organs and maintain body temperature. But how much do you really know about it? Highlighted below are some interesting facts about the skin you might like to memorize or come back to occasionally.
- The skin of an adult person has an area of about two square meters. It weighs four pounds and is intertwined with eleven thousand blood vessels. The skin contains nerves as much as 75 kilometres long!
- There are three layers of the skin: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. The hypodermis is the inner layer and is made up of fats and collagen cells. The dermis is the middle layer and makes up 90 percent of the thickness of the skin. The epidermis is the outer layer and serves as a protective barrier between the body and the environment.
- The skin mechanically protects the body from external influences. It keeps us safe from dangerous ultraviolet radiation, prevents dehydration and regulates the amount of water in the body, and thus participates in thermoregulation.
- Its role is also very significant in the metabolic processes of fat and D vitamins to help you maintain optimum bone health.
- Interestingly, six billion people create one billion tons of organic dust every day in the atmosphere, which is made up of washed skin cells. It has been proven that we lose about fifty thousand dead skin cells a day. Solution? Exfoliate at least once a week. This will remove dead skin cells and your favourite moisturising creme will be absorbed much quicker. Exfoliation also reduces pigmentation and skin discolouration, wrinkles and fine lines.
- If you sleep adequately, eat good food, stay active and drink plenty of water, your skin will reward you. A healthy body retains moisture in the skin that provides it with a healthy glow.
- Normal skin that is in good condition produces sweat via sweat glands that are located in the dermis. The skin pigment is formed in the epidermis by melanin and haemoglobin (blood).
- Scars are only created when the second layer of the skin, the dermis, gets damaged. The collagen of a scar is different from that of the rest of the skin. Even when skin cells die and are replaced by new ones, the collagen of a scar does not change. The tissue at the scar site does not regenerate.
- The way you sleep affects your skin. If you push your face into the pillow while you are sleeping, you may cause wrinkles to appear prematurely.
- Depending on hereditary, lifestyle and diet factors, your skin will require more help with an exfoliation from the age of 30 and onwards.
Stay tuned for the second volume of the fascinating facts regarding our biggest and most precious organ.
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Don’t forget – own our skin and stay beautiful.