Everyone is familiar with the phrase “you are what you eat.” But you may be surprised to learn that what you apply to your skin may be absorbed directly into your body as well. The absorption of products through the skin is so effective, in fact, it is the principle behind the patch delivery system for medicines.
Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, an expert on the causes and prevention of cancer, says “Our skin is highly permeable. Less than one-tenth of an inch thick, skin is a porous membrane that is highly sensitive to toxic chemicals. What we put on our skin affects our health just as much as, if not more than, what we put in our mouths.”
The skin is also your body’s largest organ, so it’s crucial to know what you’re putting on it every day. The products we use in the bath or shower are some of the most important products to go green on. We typically use cleansing products on a daily basis and frequent exposure to risky chemicals may carry potential health risks.
For this reason, skincare products should be some of the cleanest formulas we own!
If you’re like us, your day likely began with a nice, hot shower. But a steamy shower with your favorite facial cleanser, shampoo and bath gel does more than just jump start your day. The heat and steam open your pores, which increases the absorption of products into your skin and scalp. The steam mingles with the ingredients in your products as you use them, which you inhale.
If the ingredients in your products are beneficial, this steam and heat may actually aid in the effectiveness of absorption by your skin and can provide a little aromatherapy session to boot. But if not… well, you get the idea. You can start to see why we care so much about the ingredients we put in our products. Those ingredients may eventually end up in our bodies!
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