Our skin helps us to project an image of who we are to the outside world and also helps to protect our insides too. It’s easy to take it for granted but if we delve a little further than skin deep we can understand how truly fascinating and amazing our skin is.
Skin is specifically designed to fit perfectly on our bodies and varies enormously from one part to the other in stretchiness and thickness. For example, the skin on your eyelids is only 0.02mm thick compared to the skin on your feet which is 1.4mm deep. Skin isn’t just a single sheet either; it’s actually made up of three different layers called the Epidermis, Dermis and Subcutis which all perform different tasks.
It may (or may not) surprise you that our skin is actually an organ, which if stretched out, would be around two metres long! This makes it the largest in the human body, accounting for about 15% of our bodyweight.
An interesting fact is that skin is busy constantly refreshing every 28 days, which is a good thing as we will shed around 30,000 cells every minute – this is half the reason you need to keep polishing your house as over 50% of dust is actually dead skin! We’re not alone in our skin either (a slightly unnerving thought!), we have on average around 14 species of fungi living between our toes and approximately 1000 different kinds of bacteria. It’s some of these bacteria that are responsible for the bad smell we get when we sweat.
So how do we keep our amazing skin healthy and smelling sweet? By following a balanced diet, specifically targeting vitamins A, D, C and E, which all help the skin to rebuild, washing regularly and avoiding contact with alcohols and detergents as these destroy the lipids in the skin that make it moist and healthy.
To continue exploring how amazing your skin is, check out this Infographic.
This skin facts infographic was produced by Beauty Flash