If your child has cancer, diabetes or heart disease you will seek out the best medicine. If you have high blood pressure or kidney disease, you go to a doctor and get a prescription, so can we get real about "all natural organic" skin care for a minute?
Although they can enhance healing, by themselves, plants, herbs and oils are probably NOT going to cure your illness unless they have been enhanced through science and become a medicinal ingredient. Why do some people think "all-organic" or "all-natural" means "better" when treating the skin?
While a small temporary skin irritation may respond favorably to something soothing like aloe, and botanicals and natural ingredients can certainly enhance skin care products, without medicinals they are NOT going to change your skin. It may look and feel smoother with the cream on your skin, but when you wash it off, your skin is a day older and nothing has changed.
You Shall Not Pass!
Much like Gandalf holding off the Balrog on the bridge in "The Lord of the Rings," your skin does not let most organics and chemicals pass. If your skin is a bridge, it is guarded by Gandalf and half a dozen other gatekeepers.
Skin is NOT a Digestive Organ!
Unlike your intestines, which were created to absorb nutrients, skin is equipped with several barriers to keep foreign matter--even water molecules out. If this were not the case, imagine diving into a pool and your skin absorbing the water and then trying to haul your thickened, water-filled layers of dermis and
epidermis back out of the pool.
If you think your skin absorbs everything into your blood stream directly from the surface, then your body must get twice as bloated as the water absorbs through the skin and into your system after you shower. The only skin which DOES react to the water is the extra-thick layer of dried out, dead keratin cells skin on the hands and feet which temporarily puff up a little and cause those finger wrinkles you get after being in the tub for a while. If the skin doesn't even absorb water easily, how is organic matter possibly going to make it through the protective barriers to change your skin?
That's why medicines and cosmeceuticals have carriers or “penetration enhancers” that help the skin absorb the appropriate ingredients like vitamin C or retinol which simply can't penetrate the skin by
So the composition of the ingredient applied to the skin determines its possibility of entering the skin—primarily the molecule size and solubility of the molecule or ingredient, and Mother Nature just didn't create most of her organics with molecules small enough and soluble to pass. Forget all the scare stories put out by the booming "all-natural organic" industry which profits from your fear--most natural ingredients and even most chemicals--DO NOT MAKE IT PAST THE SKIN'S SURFACE. And those that do are usually flushed out and disposed of by the body's waste removal system.
The right ingredients, in the right formulations, in the right order is an exact science, so if you want safe, dermatologist created, and clinically tested products based on botanicals AND medicinals that REALLY WORK, contact me for details. https://kdarden.myrandf.com/
Originally published at Rodan + Fields Skincare News from Independent Consultant Kathryn Darden