Your Skin is One Big Tongue
Do you know what happens to the lotion you put on your skin? Yes, it gets absorbed. Did you know the same thing happens with almost any substance that touches your skin?
Well…It does! Yesterday I tried out a Coffee Scrub, which I’m sure you read about. If you haven’t, make sure you do here! Well, a few hours later I started feeling very jittery. I was so hyperactive that I started questioning my memory… I knew I hadn’t drunk any coffee, black tea, Red Bull or nothing of that sort… But then why was I feeling like I had drunk 5 coffees? And now you guessed it! I had absorbed the caffeine through my skin while doing the scrub. I overdid did the scrub for the sake of the experiment, but it was totally worth it!
It’s amazing how much you absorb through the skin without even realizing it. This is how the nicotine patch works! How all the creams that alleviate pain work. This is how painters were poisoned with chemicals after cleaning the paint brush in the palm of their hands. This is why natural skin masks actually work! And this is why you have to be careful what kind of skin care products you use.
How does this work?
Our skin cells are actually permeable, which means that water can sip in through the pores. And along with water, any chemicals and minerals that are dissolved in the water! They go through the skin and into the blood stream quicker than you can even imagine!
What’s the lesson here?
Rule 1: Be careful what you put on your skin because that goes into your body! Check the labels of skin care products that you use and even cleaning products that your skin comes into contact with. If there are any dangerous chemicals, try wearing gloves when you clean!
Rule 2: Exfoliate! If you let dead cells to build up, after a while they are absorbed into the organism as toxins!
Rule 3: Give masks and creams a shot! Make your own scrubs and face masks out of fruit, natural oils, honey, milk, brown sugar and so on…
Some parts are spongier than others!
Some parts of the body absorb substances a lot faster and easier than others. Here’s an illustration! The forearm has been attributed the value 1. Now, to interpret the image think that each body part is X times more absorbent than the skin on your forearm, X being the value attributed to that particular patch of skin.