By now you’re taking great care of your skin – right? You go through your trusted skin care routine, live by healthy skincare habits and overall take care of your skin to the best of your ability. While we’re all going about taking care of our skin, most of us don’t really know that much about our skin in general. We see our skin every day, and take care of it every day – but what’s up with our skin? In honor of weird week, we thought it would be fun to share some peculiar epidermal facts so you can learn a little bit more about the skin you’re in!
It Renews Itself
The epidermal (otherwise known as epidermis) is the outermost layer of your skin, among three major layers of skin. Since the epidermal is the outermost layer of the skin, it’s also the layer that’s exposed to the most damage and stress. While it is put under so many different factors it works to renew itself on a fairly regular basis, during the renewal process it works to repair itself as best it can. It’s said that the renewal process of the epidermal layer takes about 4 weeks.
It’s Made Up of Different Cells
Within the epidermal layer of your skin, there are three different types of cells. Squamous cells are one of the cell types, under the squamous cells reside the basal cells, and under basal cells are melanocytes. The melanocytes are actually the cells that give your skin its color and produce melanin. Feel like science class yet?
It’s Different In Different Areas Of The Body
Generally speaking the epidermal layer of skin is pretty thin throughout the body, but is thicker in areas necessary. Not sure what we mean? Ever notice how the skin on your hands and feet seem to be thicker? That’s because they are! The epidermis layer is thicker in those areas to accommodate the needs of the human body to be thicker. Essentially, wherever your body needs thicker skin, the epidermis accommodates that to make sure the other layers of skin are protected properly. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s A Waterproof Shield
throughout our research, we found that many people reference the epidermis as a waterproof shield. Essentially the epidermal layer of skin acts as a form of protection for the rest of the layers of skin AND other parts of the body. So it’s safe to say it’s got a big job. In addition, it helps to protect the immune system in your body as it works to protect you from things like viruses – that being said, it’s said to also let your immune system know when it needs to go into protection mode.
There are SO many peculiar facts about the epidermal, but these were some of our favorite facts we thought you would be most interested in learning about with us. Most of us kind of forget about these types of facts when we’re not in school anymore – great refresher!
Do you know a peculiar fact about the epidermal?