Published: 10/14/2014 - Updated: 01/07/2018
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Skin, the most important organ
1 centimeter squared of skin contains: 15 sebaceous glands, 1 meter of blood vessels, 100 sweat glands, 3,000 sensory cells, 4 meters of nerves, 300,000 epithelial cells, and 10 hairs.
The skin is the largest organ we have and it covers our body. Most importantly, if we were to cover ourselves 100% with a cream or a paint that blocked air passage, we would die within 2 hours. We could not exist without our skin, we would die as if burned to death.
Skin, an exposed intestine
Skin decline is more visible because it is the intermediary between the environment and our body.
From inside out, everything that happens inside our bodies could manifest in the epidermins: nervousness, metabolic problems, or intoxications that cause pimples, dandruff, pus, or stains. Even physical exhaustion, tiredness or stress is expressed through pallid, dry, or wrinkled skin.
From outside in, we have environmental influences that we can’t control (contamination, climate), and then there are those that we are responsible for: treatment and care for our skin.
If we keep in mind that substances penetrate the body through our skin, and arrive at the blood stream within 15 minutes when they influence our metabolism, we can then understand how the skin is just as sensitive of an organ, if not more so, than our intestines. We therefore must consider our skin to be an intestine that filters nutrients and well as toxins, and transports them to the blood stream.
That’s why it is so important to know what we put on our skin, because not only will it stay on the surface, but it will influence our entire body as well.
PRODUCTS CONTAINED IN CREAMS THAT WE ARE NOT INFORMED ABOUT
In order to obtain a crystallized cream or any other mixture of various substances for cosmetic maintenance purposes, the following components must be included:
- Emulsifier: to join fats and liquids
- Antioxidants: prevent deterioration upon contact with the air
- Jelling agent: provides texture and creaminess
- Preservatives: prevent temporary deterioration
- Bactericides: disinfects so that fungi and other bacteria do not form.
Several honest dermatologists affirm that, with this avalanche of cosmetics: “you’ve got to be happy to find a product that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients”.
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“The cosmetic industry sells images – it’s up to the consumer to believe them or not”.
Advertising has created an endless list of expressions and “technical terms” that sounds good but actually lack any sort of scientific value: “superhydrating peptides”, “cellular purification system”. Some ingredients have even been created for the sole purpose of sounding good, like “muscle extract” (this is a genetic substance!!)
Even the term “hypoallergenic“, so popular in pharmacy articles, is no more relevant than the words “super mega cool”. Normally, you should refer to fragrance-free products, as synthetic fragrances are what statistically cause most allergies. But this term in no way obliges the manufacturer.
New allergies pop up every day, along with new substances that cause them. The majority of allergies appear weeks after using the product that could have caused them.
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