Pork crackling and sunburn

Diving skin deep into some skin matters

Today I stand before you with an onion in my left hand and a tray of pork crackling in my right ...

The onion is a big beautiful golden one and has been selected with care.

I want to tell you about S K I N.

Well, let me just start with stating some juicy facts:

  • Depending on the variety, onions have between 8 and 12 layers of skin.

  • The average adult human has 2 square meters of skin. The human skin has three layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis, which have sub-layers.

  • Pigskin and human skin are very much alike

Did this last fact scare you that much that you almost jumped out of your skin? Because you just love crackling and now it has this human edge to it? Or do you consider yourself thick-skinned and it doesn’t bother you?
  • The thickness of the human skin varies between a thin 0.5mm on your eyelids and 4mm on your palms and the soles of your feet.

However you look at it – we have got one skin for life, it’s our biggest organ, it’s our wherewithal.

It is waterproof, has sensors, a temperature gauge and so much more built-in; it keeps our bones and all our other organs together. This is our vessel, our keep-all, the packaging of our flesh, bones and organs; it’s our wherewithal to keep it all together. It’s a layered affair with so many functions. We know the top layer (epidermis) does renew itself every 28 days or so; however, we need to look after our keep-all so that it’s elastic, healthy and well to keep it all together until the end of our time.

So here are some tips on how to look after your skin:

  1. Drink plenty of water

  2. Eat well – plenty of these ‘skin friendly’ foods:

  3. Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables

  4. Spinach and other green leafy vegetables

  5. Tomatoes

  6. Berries

  7. Beans, peas and lentils

  8. Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish

  9. Nuts

  10. Exercise regularly

  11. Sleep enough

  12. Keep your skin clean

  13. Avoid too much sun

  14. Don’t smoke, don’t drink to excess

And of course, consult a dermatologist if you notice any changes in your skin or if you have any concerns about how it is ageing.

Well, I’ll peel the onion now and hope this information was helpful and perhaps it even got under your skin...

See you under in the shade of that tree.

Be well,


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