The functions of the skin

. The skin has several important functions which include:

S Sensation The main sensory organ for temperature control, pressure, touch and pain.
H Heat Regulation The skin helps to regulate the bodies temperature by sweating to cool the body down when it overheats and shivering when the body is cold.
A Absorption Some creams, essential oils and even much-needed water can be absorbed through the skin.
P Protection Overexposure to UV light may harm the skin; the skin protects itself by producing a pigment, called melanin, which we see when we tan. Bacteria and germs are also prevented from entering the skin by a protective barrier called the Acid Mantle. This barrier also helps to protect against moisture loss.
E Excretion Waste products and toxins are eliminated from the body through sweat glands.
S Secretion Sebum and sweat are secreted onto the skin’s surface. The sebum keeps the skin lubricated and soft, and the sweat combines with the sebum to form the acid mantle.
V Vitamin D Production Absorption of UV rays from the sun helps with the formation of Vitamin D, which is needed by the body for the formation of strong bones and good eyesight.

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