19 Things You Didn’t Know about Your Skin

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11. How you sleep affects your skin

Sleeping with your face buried in the pillows can eventually lead to wrinkles. Use a satin or silk pillowcase to help avoid this.


12. Not all your skin is the same thickness

Your eyelids have the thinnest skin, only about 0.05 millimeters thick, while the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands have the thickest skin at 1.5 millimeters.


13. Your skin is multilayered

Your skin consists of three layers: The epidermis, the dermis, and the sub cutis. The dermis is the middle layer and is responsible for 90 percent of the thickness of your skin. The sub cutis is the innermost part and is mostly made up of fat and collagen. The epidermis is the layer that you see. It works as a barrier between your body and the environment around you. Find out how to nourish your skin.


14. You shed!

You shed an almost unbelievable amount of skin cells; as much as 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells every single minute of your life. We haven’t even talked about what happens when you use those exfoliating scrubs!


15. Temperature control

Your body acts as a kind of thermostat, allowing your blood vessels to widen when you are hot, so your skin can release heat, and contracting those same blood vessels when you get cold, to conserve body heat.


16. You’ve changed colors

Newborns’ are actually a deep red or purple color when they are born, with hands and feet that are a greyish blue color.


17. The most common skin problem?

Acne. It affects as many as 50 million Americans. More than 85 percent of us will experience acne at one time or another in our lifetime.


18. Scars

Scars occur when there is damage to the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. The collagen in a scar is different from the collagen in undamaged skin. So when our skin cells die and get replaced, scar collagen does not shed nor is it replaced. Also, scars cannot grow hair.


19. The Book of Skin

Literally. The Harvard Law School, Brown University, and the Cleveland Public Library all have books that are literally made of skin. This skin came from the poor or executed criminals. Can you say ewwwww?




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