Your skin is like a fairy godmother for your body – it protects your organs, shed your cells and keeps you cool or warm. But how much do you really know about your skin. Here are some interesting facts about your body’s largest organ:
You have a lot of skin
It’s surface area is about 22 square feet.
Your skin doesn’t have the same thickness anywhere
The eyelids have the thinnest skin – 0.05 millimeters, but the palmes and soles of the feet have the thickest skin – 1,5 millimeters.
Your skin is heavy
About 16% of your overall body weight is just from you skin.
There are three layers of the skin, not just one
The epidermis – it’s the outermost layer and works like a protector. It keeps you safe from the environment.
The dermis – is the middle layer and is responsible for the 90% of skin’s thickness.
The subcutis – is the innermost layer and is made up of fat and collagen cells.
You shed a huge amount of skin cells every minute
The numbers are shocking: 30 000 to 40 000 skin cells a minute.
The skin controls your body temperature
When you are over-heated blood vessels widen so that heat can be released easily through the skin. And otherwise, when your body is cold, the blood vessels in the skin constrict.
Your skin changes it’s color
Healthy newborn baby skin is actually a dep red or a purplish color and hands and feet are a blueish hue, you’re not purple now, right?
Acne is the most common skin condition in th U.S.
This skin condition affects 40 to 50 million Americans.
Scars are caused by damage to the second layer – the dermis
Scar collagen is different from collagen in normal skin. That’s why scar collagen don’t allow the skin to shed. Scar tissue does not grow hair.
The way you sleep can affect your skin
If you sleep with your face buried in your pillow you can get wrinkles.
Babies’ skin is covered with a waxy substance called vernix
It’s a layer that protects the fetus’s skin in the womb. It usually washes off with the baby’s first bath.
After reading all these facts you will know how to take better care of your skin after knowing how hard it works to protect you!