It’s no secret that we at Nature’s Aid are obsessed with skin; we want ours and yours to look and feel its best, always. And so our products are thoughtfully formulated with all of the skin’s qualities and quirks in mind. As such, it is safe to say we know a lot of random, interesting and just plain odd facts regarding the body’s epidermis. And now, we want to share our favourites with you!
1. Our skin naturally gets thicker as we age; it measures just 1 mm thick at birth and doubles or even triples to 2-3 mm in thickness by adulthood.
2. The skin of an average adult adds approximately 8-10 pounds to the scale.
3. Skin renews itself every 28 days. This is possible because every minute your skin sheds over 30,000 dead cells.
4. Skin is considered an organ, and as such, it is the largest organ of the human body.
5. There are 3 layers to skin: the epidermis which is dead and waterproof, the dermis which contains hair and sweat glands, and the subcutis which hosts fat and large blood vessels.
6. If you have any scars, that scar tissue lacks hair and sweat glands.
7. Every part of your skin has an exact level of stretchiness and strength for its location. For example, the skin on your knuckles is very different from the skin on your stomach, and the skin on your stomach is very different from the skin on the heels of your feet.
8. The thinnest layer of skin is found on the eyelids, and the thickest is on the feet and palms of our hands.
9. Babies aren’t born with their permanent skin tone, it takes up to 6 months to develop it.
10. Goosebumps do in fact serve a purpose other than letting us know we are cold or frightened, they help retain a layer of warm air over the body.
11. Our skin can reflect the status of our overall health. Whether it is the development of acne signifying we are too stressed, puffy eyes indicating we need more sleep, or something more serious such as the development of yellow bumps or dark patches that may signify diabetes; paying close attention to our skin and any changes that occur can give us an early glimpse of what is going on inside our bodies.