The prune effect

5th December 2003 at 00:00
The skin on the palms of our hands and soles of our feet is hairless - and it is this lack of hair that causes our hands and feet to go wrinkly after a soak in the bathtub. In other areas of the body, sebaceous glands which are attached to hair shafts produce oils that help to waterproof the skin.

Without this natural waterproofing, the palms and soles are more prone to absorb water.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today