Everyone knows that your skin is incredibly porous. Whatever you lather onto it, is absorbed right into the bloodstream, tissues, muscles, and bones. We’re talking microscopic details here but if you put human skin under a microscope you see all the holes that stuff either gets through or gets stuck in.
Your skin is absorbing the good and the bad. Certain sunscreen ingredients - oxybenzone particularly, has shown up in people’s bloodstreams! Apparently, 97% of Americans have it in their bodies since the FDA approved it in the 80s.
Hopefully, this caustic, cancer-causing toxic is no longer used in sunscreen and cosmetics these days. But it certainly illustrates just how much your skin ‘eats what you feed it and how deep topical formulation penetrates the human organism.
Having said all that, your skin will do its job of protecting you naturally. It is still a barrier, else we could all smother ourselves with collagen and lose our wrinkles. The collagen molecules are too big for the skin to absorb.
Clever scientists and chemists have formulated ways to bypass the skin’s protective layer. That’s great if topical preparations are delivering curative, organic substances through the skin.
Natural products are small enough to penetrate the skin, hydrating it and delivering anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterial, anti-virus, and pain-killing properties.
The Super-absorbent Parts of Your Skin
New York City, board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green states; ‘Serums can absorb very quickly because they’re liquid. In my office, I give people a vitamin C serum or an anti-aging serum, just to help penetrate the skin, because it absorbs almost immediately.’
The condition of the skin affects absorption but there are more absorbent places on your body too. If you are needing analgesic, pain relief, then topical compounds are best rubbed on the exact vicinity of the pain. Otherwise, the inner thighs, underarms, the palms of your hands and your face are counted as the most receptive parts of the body for uptake.
Your Skin Detoxifies Itself
The reason you need to keep reapplying organic balms and lotions to your skin is because you are shedding anywhere between 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells.
Just think of all the accumulated and stuck muck that is sloughed off along with dead cells. So, yes, exfoliation is a healthy practice.
In summary: Understand your skin. Treat it well and it will treat you well in return. Have organic preparations in your home for yourself and your family and educate them on the how’s and why’s of skincare.