Skin colour

Skin colour varies from person to person and from race to race. Skin colour is due to the pigment melanin, to the quantity of blood flowing through the blood vessels, and to the pigment carotene, which is present in the skin of certain races such as Asians. The number of melanocytes is approximately the same in all races, but colour varies because of the amount and type of melanin produced.

Healthy skin is smooth, soft and flexible and has a good colour. A grey, ashen or yellow tinge may indicate health problems.

Body Massage Therapy Basics Table 2.2 Classification of body systems





Nervous Cardio-vascular


Respiratory Digestive


Reproductive Endocrine

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