4 things you didn’t know about your skin
WHAT PART OF YOUR BODY WEIGHS ABOUT 8 POUNDS, COVERS ROUGHLY 22 SQUARE FEET (if you’re an adult), and is composed of a complex system of cell layers, glands, and nerves? Clue: It’s also the largest organ of your body.
The answer: Believe it or not, it’s your skin. This protective cover is responsible for keeping your internal organs, muscles, and the like intact, as well as allowing you to have a sense of touch, among other functions.
Below are four more facts you may not know about your skin:
You shed 50,000 dead skin cells—per minute!
That dust you swept away this morning? Part of it is made up of dead skin cells. The human skin is composed of many layers. The lowest layer slowly pushes its way to the top, after which, the skin cells die and break away from the epidermis. These cells then fall into the air and gather with other dust particles in your house. Your skin sheds 40,000-50,000 cells every minute. Globally, dead skin accounts for about a billion tons of dust in the atmosphere.