Many times we talk about ¨the skin¨ as if it were a set phrase and we never get to deepen what it is or what curiosities it has. Since I was studying the career, I have always been fascinated by the world of cosmetics and skin care, I have been investigating these years and today we are going to see curious facts that call attention and give logical answers to questions like why wrinkles appear on the face before the rest of the body or why a good exfoliation is so important. If you are interested about skin care, keep reading this post about things you did not know about skin.
We start by explaining that skin and complexion are not the same even if we use them as synonyms. The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis (which is the outermost layer), the dermis (which is the middle layer, the thickest layer formed mainly by collagen and elastin that are impregnated in a gel-like substance that contains hyaluronic acid) and the hypodermis (which is the outermost layer where we find the fat).
In addition, the skin is the largest organ of the whole body and when we talk about complexion, we reduce it to the skin of the face and only the middle layer of the skin, in other words, the dermis.
Every person has a different skin color due to melanin. A light-skinned person will have less melanin in his cells than a dark-skinned person. In addition, this substance is also responsible of the color of our hair. In countries with a high incidence of sun, the skin darkens because it produces more melanin to protect itself from the sun’s rays. Freckles are also a product of melanin, they come out because of an uneven production of this substance in different parts of our body.
The skin of the face suffers before the appearance of wrinkles because it is much thinner than the rest of the body. If we compare the skin of the face with that of the sole of the feet – which is the thickest in the body – there is a huge difference in thickness, from 0.2 mm in the face to 4 mm that can reach the sole of the foot.
The skin is an organ in constant renovation, we can lose between 30.000 and 50.000 dead cells per minute, do you have an idea of the amount of cells that stay in your skin during a single day? Do you still think that exfoliation is not important at least once a week? As a curious fact, the dust we remove at home, is formed among many other components, by dead cells. 😱
Our feelings are reflected in our skin. Seems a little impossible, doesn’t it? But… have you noticed you blush when you are embarrassed about something? That is because when you have that feeling, the circulation to that area increases. The opposite happens when we get a fright and our skin gets paler.
Women have softer skin than men because of a simple hormonal issue, thanks to estrogen, which is the main female hormone. Also, because of male and female hormones, there are more differences, such as thickness. Men tend to have thicker skin than women (about 20% more), they also tend to have more oily skin than women, as they have more sebaceous glands (therefore producing more sebum) and their pores are larger, mini point for women. But they are going to get wrinkles later on -minipoint for men- and although they are less concerned about this issue than women, once they get them, they will be more pronounced than in women.
It is very important to take care of it because it is the organ that protects us from any external aggression and it is the first barrier against any bacteria, virus, fungus… and now that you know all this, don’t you think your skin deserves some pampering from time to time?
Did you know these curiosities about our skin? Tell us in the comments if you know any more curiosities than the MLBeauty community reads you.