Join Professor Hallux as he explores the sensational world of skin.
Did you know that the average human body has twenty one square feet of skin? And that all of this skins weighs 7 lbs on its own? And contains three hundred MILLION cells!?!
The Professor will give you all of the lowdown on what your skin is made of, and how to keep it healthy. What happens when it goes wrong, and the odd pimple arises.
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In the meantime, here’s the Professor’s Top 10 Fun Facts about skin
- Skin is made up of 3 main layers – epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis (also called the subcutaneous tissue)
- It’s considered the largest organ in the human body. Without it, we’d be unrecognisable blobs!
- Skin protects your inside organs while keeping infections out and prevents you from getting sick
- You lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute, even though you do not see it happening
- And sheds a whole layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days
- Skin swells when it absorbs water
- And releases up to three gallons of sweat a day in hot weather
- It contains a protein called keratin which is also found in hair and nails
- Your skin is thinnest on the eyelid
- Goose bumps are actually little pimples that help retain a layer of warm air over our body
Professor Hallux’s Guide to Skin is produced in association with The British Skin Foundation, the charity for skin disease and skin cancer research
Find out more at www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk