1. The human body’s largest organ is the skin.
2. Our skin serves a range of purposes. It acts as a protective layer for our internal organs, bones and muscles. It also protects our bodies from external diseases and gives us the sensory ability to detect heat and cold.
3. There are three layers to the human skin; 1) the Epidermis, 2) The Dermis and 3) Subcutis.
4. The epidermis is the outer most layer of skin and is thickest on the palms of our hands and soles of our feet at 1.5mm thick.
5. The subcutis, also known as the hypodermis is the deepest layer of your skin. The subcutis also contains blood vessels, hair follicle roots and nerves.
6. If skin is severely damaged then it may try to heal by forming scar tissue – it often appears discoloured and lacks sweat glands and hair.
7. The colour of human skin produces depends on the amount of pigment melanin that the body produces. Small amounts of melanin produce light skin while large amounts produce darker skin,
8. Areas of skin that experience repeated friction or pressure can form tough, thick skin known as a callus. Common examples of calluses can be seen on the hands of tennis players and the fingertips of gautarists.
9. A large amount of dust you find at home is actually dead skin.
10. All mammals have some hair on their skin even it it isn’t easy for us to see.
11. The average skin when stretched out is 2square metres.
12. Skin accounts for around 15% of your body weight
13. There are two types of skin ‘hairy’ and ‘glabrous’
14. Every inch of your skin has an exact stretchiness and strength for it’s location. The skin of your knuckles is very different to the skin on your belly.
15. The thinnest skin is found on your eyelids
16. A body hair will grow for 2-6 years.
17. You lose around 20-100 hairs a day.
18. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin
19. Every 28 days your skin renews itself.
20. Lipids are natural fats that keep the outer layer moist and healthy. Detergents and alcohol can destroy lipids.
21. Every minute your skin sheds over 30,000 dead cells.
22. Sweat is odourless; it’s the bacteria that make the body odour.
23. Your skin has it’s own bacteria microbiome of over 1,000 species and around 1,000,000,000,000 individual bacteria.
24. The glands that produce wax in your ears are specialised sweat glands.
25. On average about 14 species of fungi live between your toes.
26. Large tentacle like cells called melanocytes produce and distribute melanin.
27. Everyone has the same number of melanocytes. Skin colour is actually is due to their activity not quantity
28. 1 in 110,000 people have albinism – a lack of melanocytes
29. it takes up to 6 months for babies to develop their permanent skin tone.
30. Acne is caused by an over production of cells that line the sweat gland
31. 4/5 teenagers get some form of acne
32. 1/100 adult men suffer from acne
33. 1/20 adult women suffer from acne
34. The staphylococcal bacteria cause boils. It enters through a tiny cut and travels down the hair follicle.
35. Different vitamins heal different parts of our skin. Vitamin E naturally protects against the signs of ageing and damage caused by the sun. Vitamin C assists in the regeneration of vitamin E. If you want to reduce sunspots make sure you get a healthy dose of vitamin D.
Maintaining young healthy glowing skin requires nourishment from both the inside and out. If you are deciding to get non-surgical facial treatments, incorporating some highly nutritional vitamin rich foods into your diet will help achieve optimum results.
It won’t just make every day taste better but you can rest assured you’re body is getting what it needs so you can look your absolute best.
Eat your way to healthier radiating skin by adding these 3 foods into your favourite recipes. They are affordable, super easy to use, versatile and can be found in any good supermarket.
Fresh salmon is an absolute gold-mine when it comes to super foods. Weather you like it smoked, baked, pan-fried, or in a California sushi roll the benefits of salmon are scientifically proven to benefit overall weight, healthy brain function, and radiating skin.
Salmon is jam-packed with amino acids and the essential fat; Omega 3. There are various kinds of amino acids; the body even naturally produces some of them. However, the body does not produce essential amino acids. They work against free radicals throughout the body that create wrinkles and dull colourless skin. Incorporating a 150g serve of quality salmon into your diet 2-3 times a week will help slow down the natural ageing process, provide 61% of your daily protein needs and keep your skin smooth and plump.
2. Olive Oil
Olives are an ancient super food. Originally adored in Mediterranean cuisine for centuries, olives and olive oil surely made their impact on western cuisine in recent decades, having cemented their place in every Australian pantry as a household staple.
Cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil is a beautiful mixture of flavour and vital nutrients. Olive oil is not just a practical skin care remedy but it is incredibly versatile. It can be used as salad dressing, a finishing drizzle on your favourite dishes or as a dip for some fresh crusty sourdough.
Each tablespoon of olive oil contains 9.85 grams of monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats naturally lower dangerous cholesterol levels in the blood stream, helping prevent heart disease and stroke. They also boost levels of vitamin A and vitamin E in the body that assist the cell rejuvenation process. The high fat content means you need to use it sparingly – but getting the right amount of healthy fats into your system is a priority for your diet and your skin.
Tip: Olive oil is best used cold as it loses it’s monounsaturated fats in the heating process.
3. Coconut Oil
For centuries millions of people around the globe have lived by the coconut. The coconut really is a heavenly food. Coconut water, shredded coconut, coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut milk, coconut cream – which ever way you enjoy your coconut, you’ll find a unique health benefit in each variation.
Coconut Oil is nature’s gift for your skin. It contains monounsaturated fats, anti-fungal & anti-bacterial elements that help in treating acne, keratosis and even eczema when applied topically. (Always seek medical advice if suffering from skin infection or disease)
It can also be used as an intensive moisturiser and even make-up remover. After a hot shower lather your skin with a generous amount of coconut oil and leave it on overnight. Do not go into the sun lathered in coconut oil!
A lot of make-up removers contain alcohol, chemicals and a mixture of oils that can be harmful to your skin, especially when used on a daily basis. Coconut oil is a natural and cheap alternative. Simply soak a cotton ball in the oil and press onto the eye for 15 second before gently wiping away make-up. You’ll be nicely surprised at how well it works.
Unlike olive oil, coconut oil can stand rancid heat. This means that all the healthy monounsaturated fats will still be there after you’ve used it to bake roast or fry -making coconut oil one of the healthiest oils to cook with.