The subject of today's rant is how much our skin absorbs.
What They're Saying
Here are a couple of the recurring headlines that have crossed my path.
"Our skin absorbs EIGHTY PERCENT of what is applied to it!!"
"Our skin absorbs EVERYTHING that is applied to it within FIVE MINUTES"
Let's Just Run With That For a Minute, Shall We?
|I knew I should have set the timer!|
Come to think of it, swimming would be a huge problem.
|Left: Before swimming • Right: after an hour in the water|
And what happens if we fill a pool with people?
|Soaking it up - literally!|
Would they be able to absorb the contents if they stay there long enough?
Back to the Real World
Part of what makes it difficult to formulate topical medicine (and skin care products) is the semi-permeable nature of skin. Our skin plays a key role in protecting our bodies – it's supposed to keep things out as well as in.
I did a post on how much skin absorbs last summer. If you're interested, find it here.
Meantime, enjoy your summer.