After all, it’s the first thing we notice about someone.
Think about it! Your skin impacts everything you do, how you feel about yourself, and how others come to view you.
It is the major component of our external appearance.
it helps us communicate with the rest of the world, on both a conscious and sub conscious level.
Blushing is one example and the skin can get itchy in the presence of chemicals, to which we have become allergic.
Skin is also capable of acting as a de-stress flag, giving us a warning all is not well inside.
We all know the tell tale signs of someone who is feeling under the weather, simply by looking at the texture and colour of their skin.
A healthy glowing skin vibrates with energy.
Skin is the largest organ of the body, in the average adult, skin is approximately the size of a 3 x 4 metre carpet.
It is the first line of defence against environmental assaults such as wind and rain, variations in temperature, humidity, sunlight and attacks from pollution and all manner of noxious assailants.
We think of it as a superficial layer, an inert squishy covering that keeps all our vital bits nicely bound together.
Our skin goes about its daily functions so well that we rarely give it any thought.
Yet our skin is so much more than skin deep.
It is an impervious yet permeable barrier, one that is composed, of three very different and very distinct layers:
- The epidermis, the layer that is visible to the naked eye
- The dermis, the second layer known as the true skin
- The subcutaneous fat layer, the third layer of skin, our protector, insulator and energy source
Cells within these layers are constantly communicating with each other, continually synthesising chemicals, to keep us looking vibrant and healthy.
At it’s very basic level it offers us protection, against environmental aggressors whilst letting our body breathe and perspire, so it can function effectively.
Our skin also has a protective barrier, a mini defence system of it’s very own, that resists invading bacteria and viruses.
So as you can see, our skin really is an amazing organ, that is constantly active.
For more information, the article, 20 incredible facts about skin, is an interesting read.