10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Skin
Most of the talk surrounding this large organ in – or should we say on? – our bodies is focused on how to enhance skin care, make ourselves look younger, beautiful and so on. Sometimes it’s worth leaving these technical details aside and get curious about what skin is, what it does for us, and how it does it.
We’ve put together a list of 10 interesting facts you might not know about your skin. To top that up, we’ve also added a few weirder things as a bonus, if you stick around until the end to find them out. Read on and you might learn some really fun stuff to tell your friends.
Top 10 Interesting Facts about Skin
- Skin is the body’s largest organ. Surface-wise, imagine it could cover 22 feet while being as heavy as twenty pounds. That adds up to 16% of your body weight.
- The skin doesn’t only have one layer, but three. First, we have the epidermis on the surface, protecting our bodies from external damaging factors. Then, the middle layer, dermis, is the thickest. Lastly, the hypodermis is the innermost layer, holding fat and collagen, a component which takes care of skin elasticity. Basically, it’s what keeps skin looking young. Its production is boosted by anti-aging products, such as Neora’s.
- Three layers might sound thick, but it isn’t really so. In fact, skin thickness differs for each body area. The thinnest it gets is on our eyelids, 0.5 mm, while on feet it goes up to 1.5mm.
- Skin has a major role in regulating body temperature, thanks to the millions of blood vessels going through it. When the weather is hot, for example, they dilate in order to help the body cool. When we need to get warm, vessels constrict and keep heat inside the body.
- Scars appear when the skin layer called dermis gets damaged. Although other dead cells get replaced, scarred collagen never does. Hair doesn’t grow on scarred tissue either.
- Acne is the most common skin condition, 85% of people suffer because of it at least one time in their lives.
- Your skin type can change as the years pass. If, for instance, you had an oilier complexion as a teenager, it’s not impossible for your skin to go drier as you age. It could go the other way around too, and these modifications also happen thanks to climate or hormonal factors.
- Wrinkles have many causes and one of them is the way we sleep. If you constantly bury your face in the pillow or sheets, permanent lines may start to form.
- Sun exposure is the major cause of aging skin, being responsible for 90% of its signs. Serious skin care should never skip sunscreen. Adding pollution, smoking and unhealthy food to the package, genetics seem to have less to do with your first wrinkles.
- Speaking of the first signs of aging, you should know this process starts somewhere in our mid-20s. That’s when collagen levels begin decreasing and fine lines appear. Not to worry though as nowadays multiple products based on natural ingredients will come to the rescue. It’s the case with Age IQ Night and Day Creams developed by Neora too, which are suitable for all ages and contain various mixes of plant extracts.
Five Mouth-Dropping Facts, to Keep Things Fun
- Know how we complain about nasty body smells? Technically, it’s not all about the sweat. We can eliminate three gallons of water per day through sweat, but only that which contains fat secretions leads to odors. Actually, bacteria on our skin digesting those sweaty fats is what makes the smell bad.
- Sweat isn’t the only thing going out of our bodies daily. We also shed between 30,000 and 50,000 dead skin cells every minute and see it all in the dust surrounding us.
- Babies develop fingerprints three months into their fetal period. But a few rare people never have them. That’s a pity since they’re quite useful for hand grips.
- Historically speaking, white skin didn’t exist in the beginning. It started to appear no earlier than 50,000 years ago when humans migrated to colder places and lost pigment.
- Oh, and did you know there are books out there covered in human skin? A few of the large universities keep them and the material comes from executed criminals. Creepy, huh?
Hopefully, you had a bit of fun while learning something new. If you’re not really a facts person, you might have caught some inspiration on what’s important when you want to enhance skin care results. Like hydrating skin, starting to use anti-aging products early, or sleeping on your back. And don’t forget about that sunscreen, alright?