Skin is precious. Without skin, it is just impossible to live.
You still have a few more weeks to run to the Musée de L’HOMME
in Paris and immerse yourself “DANS MA PEAU”
The Paris Exhibition “Dans ma peau” highlights the amazing biological complexity of the skin and the critical role that it plays in defining who we are as human beings. With a savvy mix of sensorial experiences, didactic information screens and advanced imaging techniques, this first of its kind exhibition reveals and explains the amazing complexity of the skin.
Subtle and complex envelop, the skin acts as a protective barrier to the outside world: sun, wind, water, temperature, bacteria, viruses and pollution but it also informs us about our environment. In other words, the skin listens and speaks and depending on the aggression, the reaction is immediate goose bumps and vasoconstriction in the event of cold, sweat in high heat, tanning and sunburn if exposure is too strong.
Skin is also essential to life as it participates to our interactions with each others through skin touch. Indeed, the skin contains almost, 600,000 sensory receptors that send information to the brain along nerves. These signals pass through the spine to arrive at the sensory cortex in the brain which organises and analyses the tactile information.
Everyone’s skin has a very own unique story to tell: from its color shade, the scars it holds (sometimes as marks of life experience) to its very unique microbiota identity card and its own smell. These are many aspects that scientists have come to explore and better understand over the past 40 years and this exhibition brings them to life.
And when it comes to advancing research on skin, huge progress have been made in human skin reconstruction. The skin is the first functional organ to have been reconstructed and today, cell banks are used to reconstruct simplified skin and pertinent physiological models that can be used to design treatments and products. Technology transfers from tissue engineering have also led to the reconstruction of skin grafts for severe burns victims. This is certainly one of the most fascinating part of the exhibition.
Finally, the future of skin research is bright with many inspiring concepts such as reconstructing skin using 3D printing or using skin as a detector of health signals using smart sensors, without forgetting the still underexplored role of the skin microbiota in protecting skin health against environmental aggressions.
*The “DANS MA PEAU” exhibition has been designed and sponsored by L’OREAL in collaboration with Le Musée de l’Homme in Paris.