• Laura Chaparro, science journalist

    Women, men and children: three different skins

    27 Nov

    Babies’ skin changes rapidly; during puberty skin becomes adult; and at maturity women’s skin ages faster than men’s one.


    Skin colour is one of the main differentiating features between people of different ethnic origins. Sex and age are further differentiating factors: male skin is unlike female skin and baby skin is very different from adult skin. When they come into the world, newborns have deep red skin, with bluish tones in their hands and feet. The colours darken slightly before the baby draws its first breath. Read More

  • Laura Chaparro, science journalist

    The ‘acid touch’ of the largest human organ

    24 Nov

    Research has revealed that human skin is more acidic than was previously thought. To keep skin healthy and hydrated, use of less alkaline soaps and cosmetics is recommended.


    The skin, the largest organ of the human body, measures two square metres in size. However, when we think of the most important organs, we always think of the heart or brain, overlooking this fine sheath that completely encloses us. The skin is our main barrier against external agents, preventing viruses, harmful bacteria and mites from entering our bodies. Read More