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How many chemicals do I absorb through my skin?

Posted by Devin Glage on


How your skin works.

The biggest organ of your body is your skin. Your skin is flexible tissue that holds your bones, organs and fluids together. There are different layers of your skin, the outer most layer is called the Stratum Corneum. This layer acts as your primary barrier to chemicals and other things floating around in the air. The Stratum Corneum is only semi-permeable, meaning it will allow some things to pass through it, and has pores which act as a pathway to your core. So, while the skins acts as a barrier to many things, also acts a sponge.


Common chemicals absorbed every day.

Dioxins come mostly from industrial processing and involves chlorine, may be found in pesticides, manufacturing and water. Taking a shower or bath in chlorinated water lets your body soak up massive amounts of chlorine daily.
Heavy metals such as lead, copper, mercury aluminum and tin are found in tooth fillings, paints and dyes. These can be absorbed through the air, and are found in dirt and plumbing. Heavy metals target your immune system and cause issues with the brain and nervous system.
Formaldehyde used as an additive to perfumes, lotions, clothes and sprays are easily absorbed and if used daily can build up and have major health issues.
Parabens are a type of preservative commonly found in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Studies have shown that parabens show up in low concentrations in breast cancer tissue, potentially due to their ability to slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of tissue and breast cancer).


RIPT Skin Systems does not use any dioxins or parabens in our products. All our cosmetic ingredients are naturally sourced, and qualify as vegan… in fact you can eat all of them (though they may not taste very good). We also do not test any of our products on animals.

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