The skin of adults weighs around 8 lbs (3.6 kilograms) and measures 22 sq ft (2 sq m). Skin is our waterproof shield which insulates us & guards us against extremes of temperature & harmful chemicals.
It also contains antibacterial properties that prevent infection & manufactures vitamin D from sunlight which amongst other things converts calcium to keep our bones healthy.
Skin is also packed with nerves to keep our brain in touch with what is going on at the surface of our bodies.
The skin is semi permeable & some chemicals do drop through the skin barrier into the internal organs so I think it is a good idea to educate ourselves & protect our bodies…after all we’ve only got one!
Organic solvents have been well investigated because they are widely used in industries & may cause health problems in labourers. It is reported that 20%of occupational skin diseases are due to organic solvents. Damaged skin allows higher permeability of chemicals than healthy skin.
Some skin care ingredients are created or processed using solvents & that is definitely not listed on any product. Look in the picture & see how near the surface the blood vessels are…obviously we know this academically as we bleed if our skin is cut or grazed…it is very easy for these chemicals to enter our blood stream. If we ate our make up our stomach acid would destroy much of the hazards – our internal organs are at risk whatever we slather on the surface of our skin.
Here are some more interesting facts about the skin
[Source: nationalgeographic.com & Skin Bioscience: A Molecular Approach; Image courtesy of webmd.boots.com]
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