What do you know about your skin?
It seems that the majority of us will allow anyone to tattoo, pierce and laser our skin on a daily basis, so we thought it was time to provide a little bit of information on how amazing and important to our health our skin actually is.
Our skin is our largest organ; our eyelids have the thinnest skin and the soles of our feet the thickest.
The cells in our epidermis are completely replaced about every 28 days, which is why our cuts and bruises will fully heal so quickly.
Our skin acts like a shield, which prevents harmful microorganisms from entering our bodies; it protects us against injury and prevents the loss of life-sustaining fluids that bathe our body’s tissues. Our skin also helps to regulate our temperature through perspiration and protects us from the ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Without our skins sensory nerve cells, we wouldn’t be about to feel, touch, warmth, cold and all our other sensations.
Our skin is made up of three layers
The Epidermis, our tough, protective, waterproof outer layer; this is about the same thickness as a sheet of paper. The Epidermis contains Melanocytes which produces the melanin; the pigment that gives skin its colour. Keratinocytes, which produces keratin that is the basic element of our nails and Langerhans cell which protect our body from infection.
The Dermis, nourishes the epidermis, and is made up of blood vessels, nerve endings and connective tissues. The outer portion of the dermis has tiny projections called papillae that fit the dermis to the epidermis. These papillae are sensitive to touch, and are numerous on the palms, soles of feet and fingertips. They are what cause the whirls and loop patterns that form our individual set of finger and footprints.
The Subcutaneous Tissue, is made up of connective tissue, blood vessels, and cells that store fat. So helps us to maintain our body heat and also protects us from bumps and blows and other injuries.
There are two types of fibres in our dermis, which makes our skin elastic and allowing it to stretch when we move. These fibres are Collagen, which is strong and hard to stretch and Elastin, which is elastic and allows ease of movement. The breakdown of these fibers mainly through age is what causes our skin to become wrinkled.
The 2 million sweat glands that help to regulate our body’s temperature and excrete waste products are situated in the dermis layer.
So because our skin is so awesome it is worth really looking after it; so after your tattoo, piercing or laser removal session it really is important that you follow the aftercare advice that you are given.