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How does the skin absorb oils and butters?

How does the skin absorb oils and butters?

Many skin creams and body butters contain common ingredients we have heard of, such as Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter. Others contain more exotic ingredients such as Kokum Butter, Capacua Butter, Argan Oil and many other natural ingredients….


Are these really good ingredients to be using on your skin?


For the most part, yes they are.  Oils and butters have been used by many cultures for generations to achieve moisturized skin.  The main concern that a user of these ingredients is how does my skin absorb these? 


Different layers of our skin…

Our skin is made up of various layers that form a barrier for protection.  The products that we place on our skin have to cross this barrier, going from the outside of the skin to the inside…


First, there is the outer lipophilic layer, which absorbs fat.


The next layer is a hydrophilic layer which likes water,


……and finally, there is an inner lipophilic layer, which absorbs fat.


The goal is to increase your skin's hydration or rather, to avoid any moisture loss. Applying an oil or butter based product allows it to trap water in your skin. They trap moisture more effectively if they are applied right after a shower or bath when your skin is still damp. 


You should ensure that the particular oils or butters contained in the product you are using are non-comedogenic (meaning that they will not clog your pores). 


It would also be wise to ensure that you are not allergic to the ingredients, this is especially important if you have a nut allergy. Oils and butters, including, but not limited to Coconut oil and Kokum butter should not be used by individuals with an allergy to nuts. 


Always take the time to carefully read each ingredient in the product that you choose to use on your skin.


Our blog articles are written for educational purposes only.  This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease


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