The Skin

The skin is one of the largest organs in the body and consists of tissues which are joined together to perform specific functions. It is an epithelial tissue that can be used by therapists and nail technicians to assess their client’s condition, as it can show signs of stress, dehydration or poor health.

The skin has a number of appendages including hair and nails, which together are known as the integumentary system. The nail is a modification of the stratum corneum (horny) and stratum lucidum (clear) layers of the epidermis. Nails are non- living tissue which protect the fingers and are used as tools for the manipulation of objects. Hair grows from a sac-like depression in the epidermis called a hair follicle. There are a variety of different skin types, which all have their own visible characteristics. The basic skin types are normal, dry, oily and combination.