Protect Your Skin — It Does More Than You Think!

We all know the importance of a healthy skin care regimen, but do we really know why it’s essential to replenish and hydrate our body’s largest organ? Our skin is far more versatile than what most people assume  – let’s delve deeper to undercover how the skin works with the following, fleshy facts (as extracted from Lifecellfacts.com’s latest infographic!)

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Healthy skin care infographic INTRO

 

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The skin offers protection, and provides an anatomical barrier against pathogens and damage incurred between internal and external environments. Our skin contains a variety of nerve endings that react to the following: heat/cold; touch; pressure; vibration, and tissue injury.

 

Skin also regulates and conserves heat; maintaining a blood supply that allows precise control of energy loss by radiation, convection and conduction.  Dilated blood vessels increase perfusion and heat loss, while constricted vessels reduce cutaneous blood flow, and conserve heat.

 

Furthermore, skin provides a relatively dry, and semi-impermeable barrier to fluid loss. Any upset to this function contributes to the massive fluid loss in burns.

 

Aesthetically, our skin serves to accentuate a person’s mood, physical state and attractiveness. It also acts as a storage center for lipids and water, and as a way to synthesize vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

 

Impressed by all our skin functionalities? Wait — there’s more! Our skin also removes urea water and salt the body does not need or use to cool down. By coming out in the form of sweating through the pores, our skin works as an excretory organ. This aids absorption, which is an important route of administration for medication and nutrients. Finally, the skin acts as a water resistant barrier to essential nutrients that aren’t washed out of the out.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

  • an average adult’s skin weighs 8-10 pounds with an average area of about 22 square feet

  • we shed about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from our skin’s surface almost every minute

  • we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from our skin’s surface almost every minute

  • each 5 square cm of skin may have up to 600 sweat glands

  • skin contains a protein called ‘keratin’ which is also found in hair and nails

  • The thinnest layer of skin is around the eyes, particularly the eyelids.

  • changes in your skin can signal changes in your health as a whole

  • skin measures about 1 mm thick at birth and grows to about 2-3 mm thick by adulthood

  • skin renews itself every 28 days

**Protect your skin by perfecting your skincare routine. For all your skin care beauty secrets and tips, visit Lifecellfacts.com – your provider for lifecell and related facts**

 

sources:

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/skin-conditions/7-things-you-didnt-know-about-your-skin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_skin

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/feb/20-things-skin#.Uh3g6j-2aGY