From the Essential Oils Desk Reference 7th Edition
The Body’s Largest Organ: The Skin
With skin covering approximately 22 square feet on the outside surface of the human body, it is the largest human organ and the first line of defense against harmful substances, infections, and dehydration. In adults, the skin is between 15 and 20 percent of total body weight.
Because of its large surface area, the skin can soak in many types of toxins and petrochemicals. This can result in cancer-causing compounds leaching into the body and accumulating in fat.
Many people complain that commercial soaps make their skin feel dry and itchy, or worse. Trapped “free alkali” is the most common irritant in soap, which is made from oils (acids) mixed with water and alkali (a base).
Acids and bases neutralize each other to form salt, in this case soap, with glycerin as a byproduct.
Oils that do not combine with the alkali are “free,” which creates a “superfatted” soap. These mild soaps are exceptionally good for the skin, even though they have a reduced lather and shelf life. Alkali that is not neutralized by essential oils is “free alkali,” which makes soaps harsh and drying.
What are your options?
Orange Blossom Face Wash-This gentle, soap-free facial wash cleanses the skin without stripping natural oils. It contains MSM for softening and Lavender essential oil to soothe skin. I love how it makes my face feel.
ART Skin Care System: Young Living’s ART® Skin Care System safely and effectively cleanses, tones, and moisturizes your face to bring out your natural and inherent beauty. That is the beauty of ART®!
The ART® Skin Care System includes: 1 Light Moisturizer (30ml), 1 Refreshing Toner (4 fl. Oz) 1 Gentle Cleanser (3.38 fl oz.) I currently use the ART system and add wolfberry eye cream.
ART® Renewal Serum is an intricate blend of exotic orchid extract and essential oils that benefits the most delicate areas of the face. These premium ingredients are formulated to deeply nourish, hydrate, and help maintain a youthful appearance.