Your skin is your body's largest organ. It is your body's coat of armour protecting your internal organs, blood vessels, muscles and nerves from the outside environment. The top layer of your skin is called the epidermis. This is the part of your skin that you can see. The second layer of skin is called the dermis. The dermis is the layer of your skin that does the most work. The dermis contains nerve endings that send signals to your brain in order for you to know how something feels i.e. to prevent you from burning yourself. The dermis makes sweat in order to help cool your body and get rid of toxins. Hair grows from this layer and oil is produced here to keep your skin smooth. To much oil production in this layer may also lead to conditions such as acne. Blood vessels are present in the dermis that help bring nourishment to your skin as well as remove from your skin any impurities. The bottom layer of your skin is called the subcutaneous layer. This subcutaneous layer is made mostly of fat and keeps your body warm as well as helps protect you if you bump into something or fall. This layer has connective tissue and contains muscles and nerves that go from the dermis into the rest of the body. It is here where there is potential of the products that you put on your skin to get through to the rest of your body. There are several factors that affect the absorption of chemicals into your skin such as skin integrity (damaged vs. intact), concentration of a chemical, skin temperature, length of time exposed and the area of your body exposed. Skin on different parts of your body absorbs at different rates. For example, the absorption rate on your forehead is much greater than the absorption rate on your forearms. This is why it is so important to use skin care products that are healthy and non-toxic. Whether toxins and chemicals are 10% absorbed or 70% absorbed; they can affect your entire health.
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