The skin has multiple functions. Among these, it is an elastic envelope which provides physical and chemical protection for the body. In order to do so, the mechanical properties of the skin are of great importance in order to allow the necessary flexibility and resilience of the skin. The mechanism by which the skin adapts itself to movement and continues to provide a functional barrier has been comparatively little studied in view of the importance of this function. Most studies have been structural, leaving considerable scope for more functional studies, and measurement of the actual mechanical properties of the skin, the ‘skin mechanics’, may therefore provide much relevant information.