- With a total area of around two square metres, the skin is the largest human organ.
- Four million receptors serve as a control centre for our senses.
- The skin significantly contributes to regulating body temperature.
- It weighs 14 kg on average, representing around 20 percent of the body weight.
- The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutis.
SKIN CELL RENEWAL
The fascinating renewal of the skin
Our skin continually renews itself approximately every four weeks. New skin cells move through the various layers of the epidermis to the surface of the skin where they form a new horny layer.
Support for the regeneration process
Renewal of the outer skin layer can be stimulated by external factors like a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Nourishing body scrubs also help to remove the upper layer of skin and reveal the new cells underneath.
THE TANNING PROCESS OF OUR SKIN
- When exposed to sunlight, the skin pigment melanin forms in the lower layer of the epidermis, which is responsible for the unique colour of the skin.
- Tanning stimulated by melanin production protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
- The means that tanning caused by melanin is the skin’s protective mechanism - there is no such thing as a “healthy” tan caused by UVA and UVB rays.
TANNING AGENT DIHYDROXYACETONE (DHA)
- The essential ingredient of all tanning products is the “Dihydroxyacetone” (DHA) active ingredient.
- The DHA reacts with the proteins and amino acids in the top layer of the skin – the “horny layer” – thereby producing a visible tan.
- Advantage: DHA only reaches the uppermost layers of the skin and therefore does not induce side effects such as itching or skin irritation.