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Skin 101

Written by Brittany Wielgosz


Posted on December 10 2018

The largest organ of the body, the skin has an area of approximately 20 square feet, with the thinnest skin found under the eyes at approximately 0.5mm thin and thickest on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet at 4mm thick.

Your first line of defense from the external environment, the skin has a number of critical functions that include protecting your muscles, bones, ligaments and organs as well as providing insulation, temperature regulation, sensation and production of Vitamin D. 

Composed of two primary layers, the epidermis and the dermis as well as a tertiary subcutaneous layer, the hypodermis.  The epidermis, or the outermost layer of the skin, is the primary barrier between you and the external environment.  Beneath the epidermis lies the dermis, with the primary function of cushioning the body from stress and strain.  The deepest and thickest layer of the skin, the hypodermis, is predominantly for fat (energy) storage.

Constantly shedding and renewing, the skin remarkably regenerates itself approximately every 27 days.

Designed to stimulate freedom of movement, your skin will adapt and develop according to the contours of your body during movement. Because your skin is composed of nerve endings that respond to touch, vibration and temperature, it is your skin that connects your brain to the world and beyond.