7 Extraordinary Facts about Your Skin.

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” Linden Tyler.

7 Facts about your skin.

1. It is your largest organ. An average person has approximately 21sq feet of skin which weighs about 9 pounds and has about 300 MILLION skin cells.

2. Your skin contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.

3. A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands. Phew! πŸ˜“

4. A layer of skin is created every 28 days.

5. Your skin constantly sheds dead cells, about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute; nearly 4kg per year.

6. Not to make you feel revulsed but it’s estimated that more than half of the dust in your home is actually, dead skin! And even more revolting; dead skin comprises of about a billion tons of dust in the earth’s atmospere!

7. This just gets better. On your skin, there is more than 1,000 species of bacteria!

Facts about your skin

Foods to eat to keep your skin healthy.

As regards as what to eat to keep your skin healthy, the following nutrients are needed to be eaten, daily:-

  • All 3 Omega 3 fatty acids: ALA, DHA & EPA. Omega 3 is needed to keep your skin thick, supple and moisturised. A deficiency can cause dry skin. Fish oil is an excellent source of Omega 3. One fact to be aware of is, that if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, like me, we’re only likely to consume 1 of the Omega 3 fatty acids; ALA. 2 sources: avocados and walnuts. Ideally, we may need DHA & EPA, as well. Sources include algae supplements or powder, such as chlorella and spirulina, for example.
  • Vitamin A. Needed to help protect your skin from sun exposure. Foods: sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, red & yellow peppers and broccoli.
  • Vitamin C. Needed to make collagen, which is the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy. Foods: avocados, other fruits and vegetables like, again, red and yellow peppers, broccoli etc.
  • Vitamin E. Needed to protect your skin from oxidative damage. Avocados are an excellent source of this vitamin.
  • Lutein. Needed to help your skin from becoming dry and wrinkled. Foods: tomatoes and broccoli. Broccoli also contains ‘sulforaphane’ which may help to prevent skin cancer and protect your skin from sunburn. (Feel free to read more about this powerhouse of a vegetable in my ‘A to Z of foods and their health benefits’ pages.) Tomatoes contain lycopene, which also, have been shown to protect your skin from sunburn.
  • Isoflavones. These are plant compounds that have been shown to improve wrinkles, skin elasticity, skin dryness, as well as protect your skin from UV damage. Foods: soya products.
  • Resveratol. This antioxidant may slow your skin’s ageing process by impairing harmful free radicals that damage your skin. Foods: red grapes.
  • Good news! Eating small amounts of 70% dark chocolate helps your skin. Cocoa contains antioxidants that protect your skin from sunburn, improve wrinkles, skin thickness, hydration, blood flow and skin texture.

How to care for your skin.

Clean your face no more than twice a day and make sure you choose a cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight after washing.

Moisturise every day.

Wear sunscreen, at least factor 30; every day, even if you don’t go out. Be particularly careful now, because it’s summer.

Change pillow cases at least once a week.

Avoid smoking.

Limit alcohol intake.

Avoid using really hot water while showering.

Exfoliate skin once a week.

Did you know any of the above facts about your skin? Have you any more to add? Let me know in the comments below.

Sources:        forefrontdermatology.com, mentalfloss.com, everydayhealth.com, healthline.com, medicalnewstoday.com, allure.com, nhs.uk

17 thoughts on “7 Extraordinary Facts about Your Skin.

  1. Your post reminded me I need to dust more often. πŸ˜‚ Seriously though, I think it’s important to consider the damaging effects of the sun on our skin. I’m not a sun worshipper. People who are often have skin that looks older than it should.

    1. They do. I have to be careful in the sun because of my pale skin and the risk of getting melanoma; as it’s in my family.

  2. I used to be a Beauty Specialist so I did know most of your facts – it’s why I always advocate investing in good skincare because we wear our skin every day!

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