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Beauty / Health and wellbeing | 23.09.2016

20 fascinating skin facts to make you go hmmm

 

 

I thought it might be fun to share some weird and wonderful facts about skin on the blog today. Some are fascinating, some are surprising, some are just plain gross. So, if you are ready, here are some of the most interesting facts about your skin. Enjoy!

  1. Your skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute.
  2. Your skin sheds a layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days.
  3. The average person will lose around 48 kilograms of skin by age 70.
  4. An adult has about two square metres of skin — about the size of a blanket.
  5. Skin is thickest on the soles of the feet (3mm) and thinnest on the eyelids (1mm).
  6. Skin makes up about 16% of our total body weight.
  7. 70 % of the dust in your home is dead human skin (ew!). There can be over a million dust mites on your mattress and pillow, feasting on the dead skin cells that fell off you last night!
  8. The skin contains over 70 kilometres of nerves.
  9. Every square centimeter of skin on the human body has about 5 million bacteria on it, fortunately, the vast majority of them are harmless. And – there's more bacteria in your mouth than there are people in the world.
  10. Horns, hoofs, hair (fur), feathers and scales are evolutionary adaptations of the epidermis.
  11. Goose bumps are actually little pimples that help retain a layer of warm air over our body. They occur because our hair follicles contract, causing our skin to bunch up and the hairs to stand on end.
  12. A pair of feet have 500,000 sweat glands and can produce half a litre of sweat a day.
  13. White skin appeared on humans just 20,000 to 50,000 years ago, as dark-skinned humans migrated to colder climates and lost much of their melanin pigment.
  14. The most common skin conditions are calluses, acne, dandruff, dry skin, skin cancer and cellulite.
  15. Skin waterproofs, protects and insulates the body, as well as exuding antibacterial substances that prevent infection and manufacturing vitamin D.
  16. Collagen is what determines how smooth the skin is. Men have thicker skin than women and get fewer lines and wrinkles than women due to a greater amount of collagen.
  17. Exfoliating is a key ingredient to healthy radiant skin. Dead cells feed bacteria and they also cause your pores to become blocked leading to unhealthy skin.
  18. The non-hairy skin on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet is called glabrous skin.
  19. All of the hair follicles in humans are formed when a foetus is five months old.
  20. Dimples are caused by the attachment of the human skin to muscles.

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