06 Jul 14 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Your Skin
They say it’s good to love the skin you’re in. But how much do you actually know about the largest organ covering your body? Read on for our 14 best skin facts and see what you can learn.
1. The average adult’s skin weighs 20 pounds—or the equivalent of one Daschund.
Yes, you read that right. The amount of skin on your body weighs about as much as one medium-sized dog. And between 50 and 70 percent of that weight is from water. Drink up if you want your skin to look its best!
2. Sun does NOT make acne better.
It’s a common misconception that exposing yourself to the sun is a great way to get rid of those pesky acne breakouts, and many people avoid sunscreen or head to the sunbeds because of this. But avoid this exposure if you can! Whilst a glowing tan and initial temporary drying effect might make your cheeks, chin and forehead appear better, this is only a quick solution. UV rays actually stimulate oil production in your face, paving the way for your pores getting clogged and even more breakouts to occur.
3. Daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent, and reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50 percent.
Crack out that sunscreen and protect yourself!
4. Stress plays a major part in your skin’s appearance.
Working long hours and feeling the strain? Your skin might also start to suffer. Not only do high levels of cortisol trigger breakouts of acne because of the overproduction of oils, constant stress can also affect your skin’s texture. Over time, skin is at risk of becoming thin without the ability to regenerate, causing you to age faster. An excuse for a holiday if ever you needed one!
5. Lipids are natural fats that keep the outer layer of your skin moist and healthy.
These lipids can be destroyed by detergents and alcohol, so avoid ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, alcohol denat or methanol if they’re present on the label of your products!
6. Changes to the skin can reveal a lot about your health.
It’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on your skin and to pay attention whenever it alters in any way. Develop an itch or a rash? Your skin is most likely trying to tell you that you’re having an allergic reaction, viral or a bacterial infection. Similarly, moles that change in size, colour or general appearance may be a sign of cancer and should be checked by a professional.
7. The thickest skin is found on the bottom of your feet and has a depth of 1.4mm.
The thinnest skin is found on your eyelids and has a depth of 0.02mm.
8. Your skin renews itself every 28 days.
Don’t worry – you won’t disappear! Old, dead skin cells fall off and are constantly being replaced with new ones. To put this into perspective, you tend to lose between 30,000 and 50,000 dead skin cells every single minute. Better crack the hoover out.
9. The variation between the skin colour of humans is more diverse than any other mammal.
As a result of natural selection, humans have the biggest variance between skin tones than any other mammal on the planet. Check us out.
10. Your skin has at least 5 different types of receptors that respond to pain and touch.
So we can feel almost everything!
11. Your skin is essentially waterproof.
Spend as much time as you want in the water, but nothing will pass into you and nothing will leave your skin because each cell is surrounded by waterproofing lipids like cholesterol, fatty acids, and ceramides, making skin a great water barrier. Without skin’s ability to minimise water loss, water would evaporate from the skin and we would literally dissolve.
12. A sunburn will cause immediate (and visible) damage, but it can take up to 20-30 years for UVA damage, which penetrates deeper layers of the skin, to show up.
13. Adult females’ skin colour is considerably lighter than males.
This is because females need more calcium, lactation and vitamin D during pregnancy. Since the sun helps human to absorb calcium, it is thought that females may have evolved to have lighter skin to absorb it better.
14. Men and women really are different: Men have a higher collagen density than women.
Because collagen content is so tied to signs of ageing, it has been said a woman’s skin is about 15 years older than a man’s of the same age. However, men are less sun-savvy, and their increased level of UV damage could negate their inherent slowed ageing and contribute to why the “15 year” skin age difference is not often readily noticeable.
When was the last time you treated your skin? Book a therapy treatment with one of our Attic Spa specialists today!