Does the skin absorb everything that is applied to it?

Thankfully no! If our skin did absorb everything, just think of all the problems we’d encounter in our day-to-day life!

  • After a long soak in the tub, you’d be incredibly bloated and have to pee for hours afterwards.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer while out running errands? Be careful not to get a DUI!
  • You could easily get your entire daily calorie allotment from a generous application of body butter (as it’s pure fat).

Our skin is an amazing barrier that protects us from the outside world—so much so that formulating products that do penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream is very difficult, as the product has to work around a series of very robust and complex defence mechanisms. Here’s a great post from LabMuffin on the topic.

So, rest assured that applying a lotion is not at all the same thing as eating it, and there is no reason to limit the ingredients you use in your skincare to ones you would also eat.

You can learn more about ingredient safety here.

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