Skin Facts for Kids – 5 Spectacular Facts about Skin

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Skin protect us from many diseases. Let’s discover five spectacular skin facts for kids.

Skin Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: The Skin Is The Largest Organ in The Body

The skin is an essential part of the body, protecting our internal organs and muscles from the bacteria and dirt of the world around us. It covers our entire body providing protection all over, skin is different thicknesses around the body adapting to where it is needed most. Our eyelids are the thinnest skin in the body and the soles of our feet are the thickest. Overall 15% of your body weight is made up of skin.

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Skin Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Skin Is Made up of Three Main Layers

The epidermis is the top layer of skin, it protects the body from bacteria and infection as well as creating new skin and giving skin its colour.

The dermis is the middle layer, produces sweat and hairs, creates elastane which makes the skin flexible, and is the part of the body which senses touch. The dermis detects if something is hot or sharp to prevent us hurting ourselves.

The hypodermis is the deepest layer that cushions the bones and muscles and regulates the temperature of your body.

Skin Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Goosebumps Help Us Stay Warm

Have you noticed that when you get cold you get small bumps on your arms and the hairs on your arms stand up? That is called goosebumps and it is part of an important job done by the skin. When we are cold the goosebumps cause the arm hairs to stand up so that the hair can trap warm air. This means that our arms will be surrounded by warm air which will increase our temperature. This reaction also happens in animals with lots of fur and the more hairs there are the better it works.

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Skin Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Sweat Glands Help Us Cool Gown

Sweat glands are not just present in our armpits but instead exist all over our body. When we get too warm because of the sun or because of physical exercise our body knows that we need to cool down. The body sends a signal to the skin to create and release sweat. The sweat creates a layer of moisture over the skin, this layer of moisture then cools down. The sweat gets cold and so does our skin, which cools us down very quickly. This is why you might feel cold after you stop and relax after running around.

Skin Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Dust in Our Homes Is Around 50% Dead Skin

I’m sure you have seen your parents dusting or hoovering up dust in your house before and seen all the dirt that collects after a while. Most of this is dead skin which falls off as the epidermis creates new skin. The skin sheds every day to make way for fresh new skin and our skin completely regenerates every 28 days. This is how small cuts on the skin heal quickly.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about skin as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this component in human body is, you can move on to learn about other ones and our human body like: Hair, Nails and DNA.

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