Ever wonder how much of that skin on you is actually dead? Or how much dead skin you slough off in a year? Don’t. It’s gross and disgusting.
Just think that when that dust in the air lights up due to the setting sun prettily dancing through your windows that it’s a reminder that you walk through dead floating bits of yourself every day. Worse yet, bits of other people (I suppose that’s worse). Or that a whole mess of bacteria and microbes and bugs feed on your leavings of flesh.
Still with me? Here’s some exact science for you. The top “dead” layer is called the stratum corneum. Eventually, the dead cells break away from the epidermis and fall off, making room for newer cells growing up from below. It takes one month for new cells to get all the way to the top layer. The skin you have a month from today will be completely new compared to the skin you have now. More staggering dead skin numbers here.