Did you know our skin is the largest eliminatory organ in the body?
It is also your first line of defence, protecting your body from the environment but it is also permeable, which means it ‘drinks’ (absorbs) whatever it is in contact with. Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients penetrate the skin and end up in the blood stream. Many chemicals in cosmetics don’t cause obvious signs of toxicity on the skin but can slowly build up through repeated use.
Absorption of substances through the skin depends on a number of factors
The most important of which are concentration, duration of contact, solubility of substance, physical condition of the skin and part of the body exposed. Substances called carriers help other substances penetrate the skin to make them more readily absorbed.
Today, the administration of drugs and medicines is often through transdermal skin patches.
This has been shown to be up to 95% more effective than oral medication. Therefore we should view our beauty products in this light, remembering what is applied topically will to some degree be absorbed into the bloodstream. This is both good and bad for us. Bad because it means we can absorb (via the skin) commonly used cosmetic ingredients that would never be allowed to be taken orally. Good because it means our skin can be fed, nourished and treated from the outside with some wonderful healthy nutrients.
So be mindful that the skin ‘drinks’ when you apply anything to it. And where possible use nutritious and non-toxic products on your body, checking the ingredients before you buy them.
Here’s a lovely nourishing recipe:
Nourishing and Cleansing Bath Soak
1 cup of Nature’s Sunshine Aloe Vera Juice
½ cup of rolled organic oats (inside a stocking to avoid mess)
Add all these ingredients to a hot bath and soak yourself for 20-30mins.
These ingredients will help to nourish, cleanse, heal, moisturise and soothe the skin. Oats are high in silica (which is essential for beautiful skin) and they also have a nice gel-like feel in the bath. You can use the oat-stocking to exfoliate the skin whilst you in the bath. Aloe is nature’s great healer because it has moisturising and soothing qualities.