Skin inside out

Check out our expert advice to better understand the structure, function and appearance of your skin.

Submitted on 20/07/2012

Structure of the skin

The skin is the largest and heaviest organ of our body. In adults, it measures about 2 m² and weighs around 5 kg. This protective covering is divided into three main layers: the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis.

Function of the skin

A dynamic barrier enveloping our entire body, our skin is a complex organ that fulfils many roles that are essential for the correct functioning of the body.

Different skin types

There are three major skin types: normal, oily and dry skin. During our lives, each of us moves between these different categories under the influence of various factors such as age, climate, hormones, diet, lifestyle, etc.

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