FUN SKIN FACTS - BY AMANDA ISEPPON (ME!) Which organ is the largest in your body, weighing in at 7 pounds, and approximately 20 square feet? If you guessed skin your guess is correct! Are you ready to learn all about the skin? Many people know about the different conditions, treatments, regimens, products; but many people do not even know WHAT the skin is! Well today you will be educated on fun, exciting, facts about the largest organ in your body…YOUR SKIN! Your skin’s main purpose is to regulate body temperature, produce vitamin D, and protect your body. The key functions of your skin are protection, regulation, and sensation. The skin also produces hormones and enzymes. Melanin is a natural substance produced in your skin that determines your skin color and also protects your skin from the harmful UV rays. There are three main layers of your skin. Beginning from the inside to the surface, the layers are as follows; Subcutis, Dermis, and Epidermis. Your skin is alive up to the Stratum Corneum, which is the outermost layer of the five layers present in the Epidermis. And now for a short science lesson…The skin is composed of 25% blood and 50% of the primary immune cells. It absorbs 2.5% of the body’s oxygen and releases 3% carbon dioxide. Ever question how much you sweat per day? Well, the skin emits up to 3 gallons of sweat per day! Along with the 3 gallon loss of sweat, we also shed approximately 40,000 dead skin cells EVERY MINUTE. This means that by the time you reach the age of 70 you have lost around 105 pounds of skin! There are many environmental influences that affect your skin. First, your skin is affected by diet, seasons, medication, stress, and climate. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol prevent nutrients from feeding the skin and speeds up the aging process. A positive influence on your skin is exercise. Exercise increases the blood flow of nutrients and water to the skins surface making collagen thicker. Skip your coffee and hit the gym! Okay skin geniuses, now that you are knowledgeable to some extent on your skin it is time to take care of it! You will be able to treat your skin better now that you know more about it. #diet, #education, #feelgood, #funfacts, #happiness, #lookgood, #young, #antiaging, #beauty, #collagen, #health, #skincare, #skincaretips, #spa, #wrinkles
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