There are so many things that you didn’t know about your skin! Like in fact, that its the largest organ in your body! It accounts for around 15% of your body weight and is roughly around 2 square meters when stretched out! That’s a pretty big large amount of space covered. The incredible thing about our skin is that there is so much more to it that people don’t even know! In this article I will tell you all you need to know about your skin and that amazing things it can do for your body!
Before we dive into these pretty fascinating facts about our skin, it’s important to understand how our body is put together. There are three different layers that are skin is composed of; the first layer or the outermost layer is the epidermis. It is mostly made up of flat, scale-like cells called squamous cells. The dermis is the thick layer of living tissue below the epidermis that forms the true skin, containing blood capillaries, nerve endings, sweat glands, hair follicles, and other structures. Lastly, the subcutaneous layer lies immediately below the dermis of vertebrate skin. It is primarily of loose connective tissue and lobules of fat. Keep on reading to find out more about the things you didn’t know about your skin!
What Are Some Things You Didn’t Know About Your Skin?
The skin that you live in is a multitasker, working hard to protect your organs, shedding cells and keeping you cool or warm. But lets be honest with each other, how much do you really know about your skin? Here are a few fascinating facts that you didn’t know about your skin!
- You have a lot of it! Like I mentioned earlier, your skin is the largest organ in your body. Most people don’t even realize that it is an organ. It has a surface area of about 22 square feet.
- Skin density on your body varies in different areas. Your eyelids and the area around your eyes are the thinnest layers of skin on your body, with 0.05 millimeters, where as your palms and soles of your feet have the thickest skin at 1.5 millimeters.
- You carry a lot of skin on your body. Again, as I mentioned earlier you carry about 15% of your body weight in skin.
- You shed a shocking amount of skin cells every minute. You lose 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells a minute!
- It helps to maintain temperature control. When you over heat your blood vessels widen, so that can be released easily through the skin. When your body is cold, the blood vessels in the skin constrict.
- You were born with a different skin color. Newborn babies are born with a reddish or purplish color
- Acne is the most common skin condition in the US. This affects about 40 to 50 million Americans alone! Roughly 85% of people will experience it at least once in their lives.
- Scars are caused by damage to the second layer of skin. Scar collagen is different than regular skin collagen. When skin cells die and are replaced, scar collagen is not shed.
- The way you sleep affects your skin. With your face buried into your pillow can lead to wrinkles.