The skin is our principal organ of beauty, touch, pleasure and sensuality.  It is the largest organ of the human body, accounting for about 14% of total body weight and covering 1,2 to 1,9 square meter. 

Unfortunately it is also the one organ that is most exposed to the ravages of the environment.

The skin interfaces with the environment and is the first line of defence from external factors.  It plays a key role in protecting our body against pathogens and excessive water loss.  It insulates and regulates the body temperature and produces vitamin D.

The thickness of the skin varies: about 4 mm on the hand palms and the foot soles, while the skin under the eyes and around the eyelids is only 0.5 mm thick which makes it one of the first areas to show signs of ageing such as crows’ feet and wrinkles. 

Healthy skin contains 70% water, 25% proteins, 2% lipids and 3% trace minerals and other substances.

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