Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What Human Skin Absorbs

I was very lucky to get to see Jairica in person this week as she came to town to visit family :-) Sara wasn't there because she was still in the hospital after giving birth to her beautiful daughter!


As we were talking, we were discussing sickness and skin. It lead to me coming up with a great idea for a post: what the human skin absorbs!

Think for a moment all of the things your skin comes into contact with. On a normal day I come in contact with hand soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, household cleaning products, my pets, food, and probably many other things. But, do you ever think about how much of those chemicals are absorbed to the inside of your body?! Washing your hands gets away the surface dirt, but can't get rid of what gets beyond your skin.

Some people say that up to 60% of what you come into contact with is absorbed into the body. This includes hair dyes and the nail polish remover which are both pretty harsh chemicals, as well as perfume and make-up.

So, with this in mind,  it is pretty scary the kinds of things we are allowing our bodies to come in contact with.

 I found this chart from Natural Healthy Concepts that lists some top things to keep away from our skin.

In addition to chemicals, I remember during a communicable disease course several years ago that if we walk through the grass barefoot there are certain things our body can absorb from nature and from fertilizers that will make us sick as well. I will continue going around barefoot, but will only do so at my home or acceptable areas like a pool or beach.

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