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Most people take the skin they’re in for granted and, aside from beauty products that will supposedly make us look younger, and not getting stung by the sun, most of us don’t really know anything about this incredible organ that’s literally all around us.

Here are some really interesting facts about your body’s largest organ.

You’ve got some nerve
How you experience touch, pain, pressure or temperature is a complex combination of nerve endings and receptors working together. This touchy dream team gauges everything from texture, light or hard touch, stretching, vibration and even temperature, meaning there’s actually quite a lot going on behind the scenes when you’re tap open that app on your phone, and not just on the phone.

Climate control
Goosebumps and sweat are your skin’s reaction to cold or heat and serves as a protection mechanism to help keep you from freezing in the cold or burning up from heat, and thereby helping to keep your body’s temperature in check. When it’s hot your skin produces sweat to cool you down, and when it’s cold your skin tries to limit heat from escaping by tightening your skin and making pores smaller.

Bacteria B&B
That’s right, you’re basically a walking hotel for bacteria, but as gross as it may sound, the friendly bacteria that live on the surface of your skin actually helps to keep you healthy by bolstering your skin’s immune system when fighting nasty microbes.

Regeneration
Probably your skin’s biggest party trick is the ability to make itself new. It works day and night to sweep away dead skin cells and creating new ones. The results in you getting a brand new skin every 28 days – it’s like a new you every month. Of course your skin, being the magical, self-sufficient organ that it is, actually exfoliates itself without that fancy scrub of yours, although if used with care, it does help getting things moving a little quicker.

We can help this process, by looking after our skin properly. Eating foods rich in omega 3, like Lucky Star products, contribute towards our skin’s elasticity and texture. Omega 3s release releases collagen and elastin, which are important for the health of our skin.

Dusting off
Speaking of dead skin cells, every time you sweep the floor in your house, you’re actually sweeping up little bits of your old self, because dust is made up of a number of tiny elements that includes dead skin cells that your body shed in the above mentioned regeneration process.

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