Sensitive Skin To Touch And Care For
Our sensitive skin needs touch! Touch is the only one of our five senses that is deemed essential to human life. If we don’t get physical connection to other humans and their skin we die. Literally DIE!
The largest organ of your is your skin. It makes up about 15% of your body weight! Skin is also quite large and averages 20 square feet in adults. You shed around 50 million skin cells every day. Something like 30 to 40 thousand skin cells every minute. Or too much to understand! 😉
I have mentioned epidermis in an earlier post. Epidermis is the outer skin layer. That is the layer that sheds all those dead skin cells every day. It also contains some very sensitive skin cells called touch receptors. Touch receptors give the brain a huge variety of information about the environment the body is in. Is it cold or hot? Is something sticky or smooth etc. They are also giving information about pressure, tickle, itch, pain, vibrations, and more.
Did you know that touch is the first sense to develop in the fetus and also the last to diminish as we grow older?
I read somewhere that Americans, especially, suffer from a lack of intimacy with each other.
Unfortunately I can’t find the research project just now. Nevertheless social scientists rated the United States and Great Britain among the least touching countries in the world. “Warmer” high-touch countries included European Latin nations Spain, France and Italy. I wonder how South America is doing, its Latin enough!
In most parts of the world, people massage babies. The Western countries are about the only place this is not routine. Western includes Latino, but as said they catch up later.
At chealth.canoe.ca you will find a good article on what touch can do for small children and your overall sense of well being.
Did you have your healthy dose of physical touch today? Tell us below, then go hug some one, even your self! 🙂