We’re sure you already know that the skin is the largest organ of the body, but did you also know that:
- Goose bumps have a real purpose—they help keep a layer of warm air around your body. More technically, a small muscular response raises the hair on the arms and legs (where heat loss is most likely to occur) in order to trap warm air next to the skin—sort of like a sweater.
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- 17th century English soldiers wore leather tunics known as ‘buffs,’ hence the phrase ‘in the buff’ to describe nudity.
- Skin renews itself every 28 days; while this process slows with age, it’s nice to know that we get a fresh start so often, isn’t it?
- Well over 50% of dust is actually dead skin cells, which are shed at a rate of 30,000 every minute. (And no, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to exfoliate!)
- The skin on your eyelids is the thinnest skin on the entire body.
- While roughly one out of every 20 adult women experience acne, only one out of a 100 men suffers the same fate. Seems unfair, right?
- And finally, we now know where we got these gorgeous faces of ours! Okay, this one isn’t so much a ‘fact about skin,’ but it’s fascinating to know that scientists believe that they have actually located the organism that gave us our faces! 415 million years ago, a small fish known as ‘Romundina’ swam the oceans sporting a type of jaw and other facial characteristics that may have evolved to become the beautiful features we have today!