A Few Interesting Skin Facts

Adults have almost 2 square metres (20 sq ft) of skin weighing 4.5 kg (10 lbs).
Each square contains:
- 650 sweat glands.
- 20 blood vessels.
- 1,000 nerve endings from the dermis below.
- It is soft, pliable, strong, waterproof and self- repairing.
- It shapes the body.
- It protects against infections and disease and hostile environments (think about skin crawling).
- It maintains body temperature.
- It keeps germs out and fluids in.
- It gathers sensory information.
What Influences your Skin Type?
Genes/DNA:
- From parent to child they direct your skin type.
Hormones:
– The hormonal system/the endocrine system produces hormones, the chemical messengers that control most of our bodies systems – responsible for growth, puberty, stress and danger.
 - Over production of sebum/oil in teenagers.
 - During pregnancy increased hormonal levels can cause skin pigmentation.
 - During the menopause the drop in the levels of oestrogen effects the production of collagen and elastin – which helps keep the skin toned and supple. Both diminish with age.
A Good Diet:
- We need nutrients from food to feed the skin.
- A healthy digestive system to break it down.
- A healthy gut to absorb the goodness from the food in the small intestine.
- A healthy large intestine to eliminate toxins and waste matter.
- If you are healthy on the inside it will be reflected on the outside. What we eat and drink has a huge influence on the skin.
 A Healthy Lifestyle:
- We need to get adequate sleep and exercise, avoid stress and hot and cold temperatures.
- Protect our skin by using certified organic skincare products.
- Protect our skin by using sun protection when going outside, as sun is one of the major causes of skin damage.
- Up to 60 % of what we apply on our skin gets absorbed into the blood stream and is then circulated around the body.
- Organic skincare products are derived from plants and other naturally occurring ingredients.
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