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A woman's skin by David M. Stoll

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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS New Brunswick, New Jersey title : A Woman's Skin author : Stoll, David M. publisher : Rutgers University Press isbn10 | asin : 0813520282 print isbn13 : 9780813520285 ebook isbn13 : 9780585027012 language : English subject Women--Health and hygiene, Women--Diseases, Skin--Care and hygiene, Skin--Diseases. 5/0082 subject : Women--Health and hygiene, Women--Diseases, Skin--Care and hygiene, Skin--Diseases. D. A woman's skin / David Stoll. cm. Includes index. ) 1. WomenHealth and hygiene.

The skin is the body's largest sense organ, responding to touch and to temperature through specialized cells. The temperature-sensitive cellscalled thermoreceptorsreactto heat by stimulating sweating, which releases body heat. In response to cold they can induce shivering to generate body heat. The thermoreceptors are closely linked to the control of blood vessels in and below the skin. So, in warm weather, the blood flows freely and the skin has a red tinge and feels warm. In cold weather, the blood vessels contract, imparting a bluish tinge to the fingers and toes.

The reason is that women tend to sweat less than men do. As a result, in response to excessive heat, they cannot cool their bodies as rapidly as men can. Therefore, external environmental heat will cause women's bodies to build up heat more easily than men's bodies do. That's why women are more likely to be affected adversely by external heat. Interestingly, however, studies have Page 4 shown that when women who have a predominantly sedentary lifestyle increase their level of physical activity, their bodies develop a greater tolerance to heat.

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