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.

Sensitive skin needs hugs

Sensitive skin needs hugs!

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! 🙂

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9 Comments

Denys Kelley · January 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm

the power of touch- be it a hug or a pat on the shoulder- it’s that connection. And YES- I’m a hugger! Love to hug people! 🙂
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Nancy Kay · January 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I had never gotten massages and did not understand the healing power of hugs until I experienced going through divorce. Now I am the first to hug someone who seems down and show them how physical comfort and connection are powerful ways to start feeling better!
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    Stella Scott · January 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Oh, Nancy, you just have to! 🙂 Since you’ve encountered the benefits of that great hug you should really treat yourself to some massage now and then. Good for everything, immune system, stresslevels, relaxation. All the bets to you and thanks for stopping by!
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Stella Scott · January 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Yes Matilda, those kids with “attitude” oftentimes didn’t get enough physical touch when toddlers. There has been research on that too. As a teacher you really can make a difference for your students with this kind of encouragement. Keep it up! 🙂
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Matilda Sjödell · January 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm

I remember very well one time when I was feeling low and was very low on physical touch. I went for a full body massage and it made a world of difference. I also remember when, in a group of teenagers, we spent a couple of mornings a week with tactile massage. It actually decreased the violence and especially the tough kids kept ask for more massage. I really believe that mure hugging would change the world! 🙂 Thank you for your post!

Holly Jahangiri · January 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Oh, I believe this – and look how much a good massage can cost? What’s wrong with this picture? Go hug a friend! 😉
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Animal Therapy will give your skin what it needs! · January 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

[…] I wrote in an earlier post about how important it is to get touched. That we will literally die if we dont get physical touch on our skin as children. Good to know is that a loving pet can make up for that! Call it animal therapy or just plain LOVE. It works! […]

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