Skin is your body’s largest organ, but how much do you actually know about it? In recognition of skin cancer awareness month, here are some facts you may not realize.
• Your outer layer of skin is thinner than Saran Wrap.
• When it comes to skin, men and women were not created equal – a woman’s skin is thinner and less oily than that of a man. This means women also sweat less and, thus, are more likely to suffer heat stroke.
• The bottom of your feet has the thickest skin. Your eyelids have the thinnest.
• Between 30 and 40 thousand skin cells fall off your body every minute.
• Vitamin D (sun exposure) helps us absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones
• Some researchers recommend that having up to 30 minutes of sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at least twice a week (without sunscreen) is enough to meet your body’s Vitamin D needs.
• Infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin so their skin burns much easier than that of older children.
• The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all children – regardless of skin tone – wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
• One bad sunburn in childhood increases your risk of developing melanoma later in life.