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Skin 101: How to Take Care of the Largest Organ in the Body

Skin 101: How to Take Care of the Largest Organ in the Body

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The skin is the human body’s largest organ, and it is no less vital than our heart, brain or spine.

The skin has 2 major functions for our wellness:

  1. The Defender. It regulates our immune system and is the first line of defense against environmental pollutants and bacteria.
  1. The Gatekeeper. The skin controls what goes into our bodies; whatever we put on our skin becomes a factor in our health.

It makes sense to say that skin care is extremely important. 

What we put on our body goes in our body

As an organ, our skin is very good at absorbing what we put on it.

This means anything that goes on our skin ends up inside our bodies.

It’s important to watch for products that contain harmful ingredients such as harsh, toxic chemicals, colors, and fragrances. Those ingredients make their way into the body, then the blood and lymphatic system.

The skin is the window to what’s going on inside our bodies.

This means symptoms such as:

  • Severe acne
  • Eczema
  • Rashes
  • Dryness of skin

or other types of inflammation, are the body giving an external response to an internal issue.

Common skin “reactions” from personal care products are the result of chemicals ending up in our lymphatic system; the body is simply giving an external response. 

Because skin care products can be sold without having to be approved by health or safety regulators, it is becoming easier for harmful chemicals to find their way into our skin care. The European Union has banned nearly 1,500 ingredients in personal care products, while the US has only banned 11.

Here are a few of the common and harmful soap ingredients to look out for:

  • Polyacrylamide (has been linked to risks of ovarian and endometrial cancers)
  • Methylisothiazolinone (linked to lung toxicity and allergic reactions)
  • Parabens (known to disrupt hormones and lead to reproductive issues)
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate or SLS (is known to cause skin reactions and irritations)
  • "Fragrance" (this usually means a cocktail of chemicals such as acetaldehyde, methyleugenol, and butoxyethanol)

Conclusion: Less is More

Taking good care of our skin doesn’t mean you don’t need expensive skin care products like serums, alpha hydroxy acids, or hyaluronic acid.

In fact, engaging in too much cleaning with soap and other cleanliness products washes away the body’s natural oils.

When it comes to the skin, less is more.

This means looking for a natural soap with minimal and pure ingredients. If you can’t pronounce the ingredient on the label, it probably shouldn’t be going into your body.

Seek Skin: Skin Care, Simplified 

Unfortunately, even most “natural” soaps contain fragrances and other questionable ingredients that end up inside our bodies.

This is why we've made Seek Skin - soaps hand-crafted from pure ingredients and essential oils found in nature. 

Here's what sets Seek Skin apart:

  • Made from the most cleansing ingredients found in nature, such as Purple Brazilian clay, Lava salts, Charcoal, Lavender, Patchouli, Cedarwood and Eucalyptus
  • Chemical-free, fragrance-free, and palm oil-free
  • Handmade and hand-cut in small batches, for a beautiful and artisan finish

 Seek Skin Soaps

seek skin: skin care, simplified

 

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