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Understanding Skincare

Our health experts explain skincare

Understanding

Fact Sheet For Understanding Skin Overview of skin On average one square cm contains* • 10 hair follicles • 15 sebaceous glands • 12 nerves • 100 sweat glands • 360 cm of nerves • 3 blood vessels Epidermis Outermost layer of skin which provides a protective waterproof barrier and creates skin tone. Hypodermis A layer of fat and connective tissue, provides thermal insulation and mechanical protection, gives smoothness and contour to the body. • The skin is our largest organ. • Skin colour is the result of a protein called melanin, the more melanin in the cells, the darker the skin. • Skin is thickest on your feet and thinnest on your eyelids. • Every 28 days skin renews itself. Interesting Facts Dermis A thick layer of living tissue, provides protection and nourishment to the epidermis and assists in wound healing. • Every minute skin sheds about 30,000 to 40,000 cells, which is almost 4kg a year. • Skin is home to 1,000+ species of bacteria. • Average adult skin when stretched out is 2 square metres and weighs about 3.6kg. • Over 50% of dust in a home is often dead skin. 1. Protect yourself from the sun • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF 15+. • Avoid sun between 10am - 4pm when sun rays are strongest. • Wear protective clothing. 2. Don’t smoke • Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. • Smoking narrows tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow and makes skin paler. • Smoking depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients which are important to skin health. 3. Treat your skin gently • Limit your bath or shower time. Hot water, long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Use warm rather than hot water. • After washing or bathing, gently pat your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin. • Avoid soaps and detergents that can strip oil from your skin. Choose mild cleansers instead. • Shave carefully. Apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving to protect and lubricate your skin. • For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction hair grows, not against it. • Moisturise dry skin with a moisturiser that fits your skin type. 4. Eat a healthy diet • A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins. • Drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated. 5. Manage stress • Get enough sleep. Tips for healthy skin • Scale back your to-do list. • Make time to do the things you enjoy. To purchase your skincare product requirements visit store.independenceaustralia.com for quick and reliable home delivery © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission. *Barry, 1983