What is the protective role of skin?

Ben Kaminsky
As the body’s outer covering, the skin protects the internal organs against heat, light, injury, and infection. It is also sensitive to many different kinds of stimuli such as pain, pressure, temperature, and joint and muscle position. Not only does the skin regulate your body temperature, but it stores water, fat, and vitamin D (a must for keeping your bones and teeth strong).
Beyond Botox: 7 Strategies for Sexy, Ageless Skin Without Needles or Surgery

More About this Book

Beyond Botox: 7 Strategies for Sexy, Ageless Skin Without Needles or Surgery

Sexy and ageless skin is possible for a woman at any age--and she doesn't have to resort to invasive treatments like Botox to get it-as long as she cares for her skin properly, says Ben Kaminsky,...
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Your skin serves as a physical barrier that holds your organs in place and shields your insides from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, microorganisms and toxic substances. Your skin is also charged with preserving the moist environment within your body and within the skin itself. The outermost, surface layer of skin, the stratum corneum, actively regulates hydration levels and is critical to preserving skin function overall.

Continue Learning about Functions of Skin

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.