Friday, February 10, 2012

Fun Facts Friday - What Am I?

I’m the largest organ in your body. I’m thickest on the soles of your feet and thinnest on your eyelids. I’m made up of three layers. What am I?

Your Skin!

Where would we be without our skin? It protects our inside organs and keeps out infections. It regulates our body temperature and helps us perceive pain, pressure and touch.

The Skinny on Skin
The human skin is made up of three layers;

~ Epidermis – the part of the skin you can see
~ Dermis – is where blood vessels and nerves are at work
~ Hypodermis – mostly fat and where your hair grows from

Here’s something fun to try. Look down at your hands. What do you see? Anything unusual? Even though you can’t see it, your skin is hard at work making new cells. It takes from two weeks to a month to make a new cell. When these cells are ready they will work their way to your epidermis, pushing the old dead ones to the surface. So when you look at your skin, you’re actually seeing dead cells. In fact, our skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells every minute!

Skin-Tastic Facts!

~ Frogs don’t drink water, they absorb it through their skin

~  Polar bear's skin is black to absorb the maximum heat from the sun

~  Ostrich (see pic) makes the strongest leather

~  Besides humans, pigs are the only other animal that can get sunburned


Shari Gapp said...

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