11 Interesting facts about skin

There’s no doubt that the skin is a pretty serious piece of natural engineering. We know that it keeps the wind and rain out and it keeps, well, the wet stuff in, but it also performs many other functions for us too. We often take our skin for granted and are generally more concerned about how it looks, than we are about what it’s doing for us, so here are 11 interesting facts about skin you may, or may not, have known:

1. Your skin is the largest organ in the body

Your skin is classed as a single organ and it’s big! Skin is the largest organ of the body and it makes up between 12% – 15% of your total body weight. Skin of an average human being weighs about 8-9 pounds.

2. Skin statistics

Staying with the skins dimensions for a moment…the average adult’s skin is around 21 square feet in area and it contains over 10 miles of blood vessels.

3. Sweating

On a hot day, the average human being will sweat 2-3 gallons of water. No wonder that we’re advised to drink a lot of water. 😉

4. Temperature control

One of the main purposes of skin is to control our body temperature and to defend our body from dirt and germs.

5. Skin color

The color of your skin comes from the melanin pigment in the outer layer of the skin and it is there to protect us from the effects of the sun rays.

6. Dead skin

You can’t see it happening, but your skin loses approximately 35,000 dead skin cells from its surface every minute.

7. Number of skin cells

You don’t need to worry about the previous point of skin cell loss; we have over 18 million skin cells on every square inch of our body, so losing the odd 35,000 or so will not do you any harm.

8. Dust in your home

A large proportion of the dust that you clean up in your home is made up of dead skin cells that have fallen off you and your family.

9. Body odor

Smelly bodies are caused by a particular kind of sweat that is created by the special sweat glands, which are found in the armpits, genitals and anus. The cause of the smell is bacteria digesting the sweat.

10. The skin of your lips

The skin on your lips is around 200 times more sensitive, than the skin on the end of your fingers. That’s why kissing feels so good. 😉

11. The thinnest skin

Your eyelids have the thinnest skin of your entire body.

Feel free to share other fun and interesting facts about skin in the comment section below.

Stay happy!


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