Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Skin…

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF AGING

“Intrinsic aging” is the name for the process in which your skin becomes apparently thinner and noticeably dry.

Aging due to our habits, lifestlyes and surroundings, causing our skin to age faster, is known as “extrinsic aging”. When we treat our bodies well, we stay younger longer!

SKIN CAN INDICATE SIGNS OF OUR HEALTH

Conditions of the skin can be an indicator that something isn’t right with your body. Acne in unusual places, rashes, swelling, itching, hives, all of these things may be signs of an infection, virus, allergic reaction, etc. Be especially careful of unusual-looking moles if you spend a lot of time in the sun, because they may be a product of skin cancer.

 

SKIN IS NATURALLY WATERPROOF

Our skin acts as a protector against liquids, and no water will pass through our skin on it’s own. Skin cells are protected by lipids, which are actually considered fats.

TENSE MUSCLES CAUSE GOOSEBUMPS

When we experience hypothermia or intense emotions, our brain sends neural signals to our muscles. Tense muscles cause goosebumps to raise on our body, a habit developed from our animal ancestors.

 

THE SUN CAN MAKE ACNE WORSE

UV rays cause our skin to release oils, which only make acne worse. A few things we can do to prevent this… limit the time you spend having fun in the sun, buy oil-free sunscreens, use sunscreens with SPF 30 or higher, wash and moisturize your face/skin often, and wear protective clothing or hats.

 

SCRATCHING DISTRACTS OUR BRAIN FROM FEELING THE ITCH

Pain signals sent to the brain will distract from other nerve cells that are simultaneously sending itching signals. However, it’s important to remember that scratching can lead to greater and longer-lasting damage to our skin.

OUR BRAIN PREDICTS SENSATIONS

Our brain trains itself to read movements or actions and determine the sensation to follow. For example, we often exclaim ‘OW!’ when we know something has, or is going to hit us… even if it doesn’t hurt us.

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