No matter what part of the County you live in, February tends to be the coolest month. Even here in South Florida, I confess to turning the heat on in my car, and firing up the Fire Pit!
Although using the heat in our homes and cars makes us feel more comfortable, that dry heat sure does a number on our skin, making us extra crispy like Colonel Sanders Chicken. By contrast, our skin LOVES moist heat (humidity, sauna, showers etc).
Here are some other Fun Facts about our Skin that I know you’ll find interesting.
Your Skin is the largest Organ of your Body! And, it’s the only Organ that is visible from outside of the Body. It weighs approximately 10-12 lbs and measures about 22 square feet.
Your Skin has 5 functions
1) Regulation of Body temperature
2) Protects your inner Organs
3) Secrets Sebum
4) Absorbs Vitamin D (from the Sun)
5) Houses your Sensory Receptors (Sensations such as pain, pressure, heat etc)
We are born with “X” amount of Melanin (Color). More Melanin will form when exposed to UVA & UVB rays, to protect us from UVA & UVB rays. We call that getting aSun tan, It’s a built in defense mechanism that has both positive and negative effects. But that’s a topic for another time.
Let’s dig deeper (literally)
The outer layer of your Skin (Epidermis) is considered the “dead layer”. It sheds approximately every 30 days (longer than 30 days the older we get). In fact, most of the dust in your home is actually dead skin cells! You will lose approximately 10 lbs of dead skin cells a year. How’s that for a weight loss strategy?
The palms of your hands and soles of your feet contain the thickest skin measuring 1.5 mm. Those same areas along with your lips, are the only areas that do not contain a hair follicle.
I’m getting a visual of kissing someone and then having to pull hair out of my mouth…ewwww.
Would you believe that 1 square inch of skin houses 630 sweat glands? Sweat glands are not present in a “scar”, nor is hair or the original amount of Melanin. Scars will usually turn white, brown or red.
Looking back at the diagram, you’ll see where there is a muscle named “Erector Pili”, that is attached to your hair follicle. That muscle is activated during sexual arousal, cold temps, fear and excitement. Activating that muscle causes what we call a “goose bump”, by making your hair stand up. The next time you’re cold, turn to the person next to you and tell them that your Erector Pili’s are acting up!
The lowest layer of our skin is the Subcutaneos area and houses my 2 favorite friends, Collagen and Elastin. Our fatty area is also located there and helps us to absorb shock.
So now that you know a little more about your Skin and it’s roles, I hope you will also realize that taking care of it shouldn’t be a luxury. Think about it, no one goes to a Plastic Surgeon requesting a “Skin Job”, right? What you were born with is all that you will ever have .…. it has to last you the rest of your life!
Love The Skin Your In and take advantage of our February Promotions. Schedule your Custom Skin Analysis today.
Your Skin will thank you!