Skin care can get confusing but so can the skin itself. We often hear skin is the largest organ in our body. But then we hear about skin being a membrane. How can we take care of our skin if we aren’t even sure what it is?
Initially, it certainly sounds like confusing crap. But the explanation is really rather simple. Skin is definitely an organ. It is made from several types of tissue that work together. This makes skin an organ.
It is also a membrane. That sounds insane in the membrane to us! Skin is a pliable layer of tissue covering surfaces, protecting organs and connecting structures. Now that we know it’s both an organ and membrane, how do we properly care for the skin we’re in?
You would not knowingly ingest poisons, right? We are wise enough to realize eating or drinking something poisonous will make us very sick or even be deadly. The same is true for anything that touches our skin. The items we put against our skin should be non-toxic and natural. Most topical ingredients can penetrate the skin and enter into the bloodstream. That is why trans-dermal applications of hormones and smoke cessation products work, right?
It makes sense to protect our skin if it is providing protection for all our organs. Some common poopy ingredients commonly contained in skin care products include isopropyl alcohol, synthetic fragrances (ewwww), mineral oil, talc, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, chemical preservatives and petrolatum, just to name a few. Time to flush that crap!
Instead, look for non toxic skin care ingredients that contain skin-friendly nutrients such as vegetable oils, omega fatty acids and botanical extracts!
Protect the skin you’re in!