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How your skin works

Skin's anatomy

There are two types of skin – hairy and glabrous. Glabrous skin occurs on your lips, the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. Hairy skin is found everywhere else.

What skin colour means

Skin colour and race have developed loaded meanings. But when a biological explanation is given for these historical labels, people can start moving away from misunderstandings.

Why your skin changes colour

You can perk up pallor by slapping on self-tan or make-up, but your skin’s colour can also say much about your emotions and your state of health.

How your skin works

Your skin regulates your body temperature, forms a physical barrier against injury and infection, and protects your internal organs. Here's how it works.

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