The skin is the largest organ in the human body, if you flattened it all out it would measure around 22 square feet. It protects all of the important stuff on the inside and monitors your temperature as well.
But do you really know that much about it?
You probably think that you do, you’re looking at it all the time after all. However, most people don’t know that much about their skin, and it can affect the way that they’re treating it.
If you want to be sure that you’re treating your skin right and learn some interesting stuff about your body along the way, read this great list of things that you didn’t know about your own skin.
13 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Own Skin
1. It’s Heavy
When you think of your skin you’re probably thinking that it’s incredibly light. It’s just a thin layer that covers the rest of your body. In reality, your skin is much thicker than you think and it weighs a lot. On average, around 16 percent of a person’s body weight is made up of their skin. Bet you didn’t think it would be that high.
2. It Has Layers
Everybody knows that skin has layers but most people are picturing hundreds of very thin layers of skin but it’s actually made up of three distinct parts; the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis. The subcutis is the bottom layer and is made up mostly of fat and collagen cells, the dermis is the middle layer which makes up most of the skin’s thickness. The epidermis is a very thin layer that protects the bottom layers from the outside world.
3. You’re Always Losing Skin
Again, most people know that when your skin cells die, you grow new ones and you shed the old ones. The majority of dust is made up of dead skin cells. But you can’t be shedding that much skin, otherwise, it would be visible wouldn’t it? If you were asked to guess how many skin cells you shed every minute, I bet you’d be way off. The actual figure is somewhere around 30 to 40 thousands cells every single minute, they’re just so tiny that you can’t see them.
All of that skin shedding means that we completely change our skin from time to time. The average person will change their skin around ten times in their life.
4. It Maintains Temperature
Body temperature has to be maintained at all times, even a change of just a few degrees can put you in serious danger. So how can we can survive in such varied weather conditions? Wearing a coat in winter is part of it, but most of the hard work is done by your skin. When you’re getting too warm, the blood vessels in your skin open up so heat can escape and your body will cool down. When you get too cold, those same blood vessels will close up to keep all of that heat in. The skin is constantly adapting second by second to keep your body temperature at exactly the right level.
5. Blackheads Aren’t Always Blackheads
Everybody gets blackheads sometimes but they aren’t that hard to get rid of, but what you might not realize is those little bumps on your nose that you’re getting rid of might not be blackheads at all. Instead, the could be something called a sebaceous filament. If you don’t know the difference between sebaceous filaments and blackheads is quite important because sebaceous filaments are actually good for you in some ways. They are a small hair-like feature that causes a buildup of oils in your pores and they come out looking very similar to blackheads. The thing is, those oils help to moisturize your skin so you actually need some of them. If you think they’re blackheads and you scrub them all away, you might end up getting dry skin in the future.
6. Acne Is The Most Common Skin Problem
This one shouldn’t be news to you but you might be surprised just how many people suffer from acne. Most people get it during their teenage years but it’s still fairly common in adults as well. Around 85 percent of people will experience acne at some point in their life, whether as an adult, a teenager, or even a baby.
That’s right, babies can get acne too. The condition is usually caused by a hormone imbalance, that’s why it’s so common in teenagers. Babies can get it because hormones from their mother remain in the blood. When they’re born, they’ll have symptoms of acne but it isn’t going to be anywhere near as bad as in adults or teenagers.
7. Where Do Scars Come From?
It makes sense that you get a scar because of irreparable damage to the top layer of the skin. But the human body doesn’t always make sense. It is actually the second layer of skin, the dermis, that is responsible for scars. While most of your skin cells shed and replace themselves, scarred collagen cells do not. That means they’ll stay there for a long while before eventually being replaced.
8. Sleep Can Make Or Break Your Skin
You’ve heard the term beauty sleep but I doubt you’ve thought much about where it comes from. Most people think that it just refers to sleeping well so you don’t have bags under your eyes, but it’s more than that. The way that you sleep can have a serious effect on the overall condition of your skin. For example, sleeping face down on a pillow makes you far more likely to get wrinkles at a younger age.
Sleeping is also a chance for your body to shed old cells and replace them, it also purges your body of toxins as well. If you aren’t getting enough sleep you won’t be effectively replenishing your skin and getting rid of the nasty stuff that will make you age quicker.
Having cheap bed sheets can cause skin problems as well. It seems like such a small detail but if they’re rough and your skin can’t glide effortlessly over them, then it will be getting pulled all night every time you move, causing early onset wrinkles.
9. You Start Aging Early
People in their twenties aren’t usually worried about wrinkles, they’ve got at least ten years before their skin starts aging haven’t they? Wrong. Your skin starts to feel the strain in your early twenties. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to start getting wrinkles yet but if you’re worried about it in the future, you might need to start a skin routine earlier than you planned. The collagen in your skin will start to break down very early on so you’ll need those anti-aging creams before you thought you would.
10. Your Face Is Shrinking
When you get older you lose the elasticity in your skin when the collagen starts to break down. That’s why you get wrinkles and your skin seems slack on your face. You can get it fixed by having a facelift, or you could drink some milk instead. Drinking milk helps because it’s not just the skin that’s getting looser. The bones in your face shrink as you get older so your skin goes slack. There’s no way to stop it completely but a good calcium intake will slow the process down by quite a bit.
11. Your Face Needs A Workout
It’s easy to forget that all of the skin on your face has muscles behind it. Those muscles need a workout just like the rest of your body. You don’t need to do a workout routine, but smiling regularly helps to keep the muscles strong and prevent your skin from drooping. People that are frowning all the time are more likely to age quicker.
12. You’re Sweatier Than You Think
Nobody wants to think about how much sweat you produce on a hot day. If you put some deodorant on it shouldn’t be that much should it? Just a small cup full or something? Think again. The average amount of sweat that a person produces every day during the summer is a whopping three gallons. It’s also interesting to note that there are a few places on the human body that don’t sweat at all including the eardrums, lips, and nailbeds.
13. Age Spots Aren’t Real
When I say they aren’t real, I don’t mean that you’re imagining them. What I mean is that these spots aren’t caused by aging exactly. Most people think they are because they appear on older people and you tend to get more and more as your life goes on. But it’s not the passing of time that’s causing them, it’s exposure to the sun. Young people could get them if they were able to expose themselves to as much sun as older people have throughout their life. You can avoid getting them by using sunscreen regularly during the summer and avoiding long periods in the sun.
Over to you
These incredible facts about your skin will help you to get to know your body a lot better and come up with a skin routine that’s based on fact.
So what will you do differently now that you’re equipped with new facts about your skin? Share in the comments below!