Why's it shiny?

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    Jul 10, 2009 12:35 PM GMT
    Why is the skin in the folds on your fingers shiny??

    if you sit in the right light, open your hand up, palm up and look at the area's where the skin folds over the finger joints..

    They are shiny, I thought it might have been sweat but my hands are dry and the same thing is sorta happening in the palm of my hand with the lines too

    how come?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 10, 2009 12:43 PM GMT
    Maybe your hands naturally "shine" when your in the mood.. especially around the joints.. LOL

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    Jul 10, 2009 3:46 PM GMT

    It's probably a derivative of whatever we looked like before we accepted this form.

  • Timbales

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    Jul 10, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    it's thinner and less textured than the rest of the skin on your hands because it's not exposed as much?
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    Jul 10, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    Dude...are you high? icon_confused.gif
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jul 10, 2009 5:38 PM GMT
    The skin on your palms and the webbing between your fingers is unusual in that it is naturally hairless. And I don't mean hairless in the sense that the hairs are fine and sparse, like is the the case on guys who list "naturally smooth" on their body hair types; I mean literally without hair. Any portion of your skin that is naturally completely without hair and with very small pores--ruling out the noses of most people--will be slightly shiny, as the surface is smooth and your whole body produces an extremely thin layer of oil on the skin anyway.

    You should be able to notice the same slight shine to your feet, and possibly your forehead.
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    Jul 10, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    Because it is smooth and the smooth surface reflects the light better.
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    Because all the grease from chips, mcdonald's fries and lube is caught between the crevasses?

    You really should wash your hands from time to time
  • xysx

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    Jul 10, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    Because, lilT, it's your inner beauty shining through for the whole world to see (if they look closely enough) .icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    Yes I was serious, I even googled for an answer but I got nuffin..

    No, I Was not high thank you

    and thank you Bio icon_biggrin.gif

    and the rest of you are just cheeky buggers

    *spanks Ghen with a lubed hand* icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidMaybe your hands naturally "shine" when your in the mood.. especially around the joints.. LOL

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    Then liltankers hands shine about 24/7. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    ....um, left over lube?????
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    Jul 10, 2009 10:16 PM GMT
    GNR7600 said
    HndsmKansan saidMaybe your hands naturally "shine" when your in the mood.. especially around the joints.. LOL

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    Then liltankers hands shine about 24/7. icon_lol.gif

    *giggles* well.. except for about 10 minutes right after... well.. you'd have to come find out
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    Jul 10, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    youre right..it is shiny!icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 10:41 PM GMT
    Here's a theory:

    Stare at your hand, palm up, under bright light.

    Hold your fingers in their most relaxed position. For most of us, this means the fingers will curl toward the palm slightly.

    Now look at the skin over the joints. Not shiny. It forms a little valley, but in that valley, you'll see the regular fingerprint-like patterns you see on your fingertips. These patterns reflect the light in multiple directions, eliminating the "shiny" effect.

    Now stretch your fingers out straight. The joints turn from valleys into flat areas, without any visible patterns -- the skin in this position is stretched out into a more flat, uniform surface, which looks "shiny" since it reflects light similarly across the joint.

    So my theory is that when you straighten your fingers, this is the "stretched out" (versus resting) position, which creates a "shiny" look because the skin is smooth when stretched out.

    You can actually create this same effect by stretching skin on other parts of your hand or other places.

    One notable example of this "stretching causing a shine" is... well, you horny boys can fill this one in fine by yourselves, I think.

    Scientifically, I remain

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