Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? The average person has a total of 20 square feet of skin! Did you also know that your skin is incredibly absorbent? Granted, not everything that we put on our skin passes through into our bloodstream.
Our skin is meant to protect us. However, our skin is much more permeable than most people realize. If you think about it, many medications are applied topically to help with internal issues. Hormonal birth control patches and nicotine patches are two examples. Have you ever used a coffee or sugar scrub on your skin? If you have not, you should because it will make your skin feel great! If you have, you realize that it gives you a similar boost of energy that coffee or sugar would if it were taken internally. Although it is not nearly as strong, you can definitely feel the effects of the coffee or sugar being absorbed into your skin. What about the sun? Do we not absorb Vitamin D through our skin just from walking around outside?
Whether a substance is good for you or bad for you, there is a chance that if you put it on your skin, it could end up in your bloodstream. Take a look at the following studies:
- Epsom salt baths have been proven to cause the magnesium levels in your bloodstream to rise.
- There was a study done earlier this year which revealed that preterm infants who are massaged with olive oil daily have significant greater weight gain than preterm infants who were not. This is obviously a great example of our skin absorbing what we put on it.
- According to this study an average of 64% of volatile organic compounds found in drinking water were absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Better Safe Than Sorry
We do not know for sure what can and cannot be absorbed into our skin and into the bloodstream. We also cannot say for sure how many chemicals are absorbed into our skin. A substance entering our bodies through skin absorption is determined by many factors and therefore it is hard to pinpoint an exact number. The best way to avoid allowing toxins into your body through your skin is to simply not put toxins on your skin at all. It is better to be safe than sorry! If you have sensitive skin you most definitely do not want to be putting toxins on it.
We need to be feeding our skin whole and healthy foods just like we do the rest of our bodies. Typically, most substances that I put on my skin are also edible. If I can’t eat it, why would I rub it all over my body? There are a few exceptions to this, of course. For example, there are many essential oils that can be safely used topically that are most definitely not safe to ingest. Another example would be certain herbs that are safe for topical use and not safe to be used internally.
How To Feed Your Skin
Below I have given you 5 different substances that are edible which are also VERY healthy for your skin.
If you do not already know about the amazing benefits of drinking green tea, you should learn! Check it out here. Did you know that ist can also help you feed your skin in many ways? It can be used to detoxify your skin, reverse the aging process, and heal acne problems. Give this Green Tea Facial Toner a try!
I am sure you have already heard of all the wonderful benefits of coconut oil. It has become the new favorite oil among natural gurus for cooking because of its high smoke point and the incredible benefits that it gives to our body. Not only is it internally very healthy for you but it is incredible for external use as well! You can use coconut oil for just about anything! In your hair, on your skin, in homemade bath and beauty products, or as make-up remover. You name it and coconut oil can probably do it. Take a look at this article: 10 Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil.
The anti-inflammatory, highly beneficial root that everyone is talking about can actually be used to feed your skin! It can be used to heal acne, reverse the aging process, lighten stretch marks, soothe burns, and remove facial hair. It can also be used in your hair to help with dandruff, prevent hair loss, and even as a natural hair dye! Find recipes for all of these things on this site. Also, here is a powerful turmeric face mask recipe!
Sugar…. aaahhh, honey, honey….. And now you will have this awesome song stuck in your head while you apply your next raw honey face mask. You’re welcome. Did you know that honey is beneficial for burns, stings, and bites? Just put a little honey on your skin and a band-aid. This is my preferred choice over store-bought medication. Honey has very profound healing properties. It can even help heal acne scars! Learn how to apply a raw honey face mask here.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Last but most certainly not least is…..vinegar. The greatest smelling of them all. Not. You can use apple cider for many things including to promote smoother skin, as a facial toner, as a hair rinse, to help with dandruff, to help with sunburn relief, as a remedy for razor burn, and to deodorize stinky feet. What is worse: stinky feet or stinky apple cider vinegar? Luckily, the smell of the vinegar will fade away shortly and your feet will no longer stink at all! It is a win-win! Many people use apple cider vinegar with water as a conditioner alternative.
What do you use to feed your skin? Leave a comment, I would love to know!
Originally published July 26, 2016