Your skin is your body's largest organ by far, but despite this fact many people don't pay nearly as much attention to their skin as they should. Even people who measure what goes into their body down to the calorie often neglect to perform basic skin care. So in the same way that we take care what we put into our bodies, we should also pay attention to what we put onto our bodies, right?
If you're trying to take better care of your skin, then it's important to learn as much as you can about one of the body's largest and most important organs. Here are some fun facts about skin that may just get you thinking about making that next spa appointment right away!
A person's skin accounts for about 2% of their body weight.
Not all skin is treated equally: different areas of the body can feel and look different. For example, it's common to have oily skin on your face but dry skin on your legs. You can also have thicker skin on your feet than say your ears.
The average-sized adult has about 21 square feet of skin, with more than 11 miles of blood vessels in the multiple different layers.
Melanin is what gives skin its hue -- fair skin and dark skin are all the same. They only have different levels of melanin.
Sun damage is quite serious when it comes to the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are actually caused by the sun. This includes brown spots and fine lines.
Your skin renews itself after around 28 days. That means that at any given moment your skin cells are going through their life stages, and it takes a full 28 days for your skin cells to form and then die. This is why when you start a new skin care routine, it will take about a month before you start to see results.
Dead skin turns to dust, and currently an estimated one billion tons of this skin dust is floating around the atmosphere right now.
When skin heals itself, it often produces scar tissue, which differs from normal skin cells because it doesn't have hair follicles or oil glands.
Skin has three layers: the epidermis, which is filled with dead skin cells, the dermis, which has the hair and sweat glands, and the subcutis, which holds fat and large blood vessels.
So no matter if you have fair skin, oily skin, or sunburned skin, know that your skin is perfect just the way it is! And if you still aren't happy with the look of your skin, remember that better looking skin is just a new skin care treatment and 28 days away.