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  • Michelle Collins BA, C.Ir, CNP

6 Important Functions of the Skin



Natures efforts to rid the body of inherited or acquired poisons manifest themselves, first, through the outer skin. YES - our skin is one of the most important organs and elimination pathways of the body!


Here are 6 reasons why we should spend more time on skin care.

  1. Sensation: The skin is an organ of sensation protecting the body from trauma. It contains a large network of sensory nerve endings throughout its structure.

  2. Regulation: The skin is also a heat regulating centre which maintains equilibrium of bodily temperature.

  3. Respiration: It is an organ of respiration- YES Humans breath through their skin. We exhale carbonic acid similar to that of the lungs

  4. Absorption: Food and medication are to some extent taken up by the skin and brought into the blood stream.

  5. Secretion: The manufacturing of sebum, a lubricating tonic for the hair, and milk in the mammary glands of the female during the period of lactation.

  6. Excretion: Throwing off bodily waste through perspiration and gases.

Through hot bathing, dense clothing, and insufficient air contact, this activity is reduced, nature next turns to the mucous membranes. That is when we have colds, catarrhal exudates, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc. Only after these two channels are undermined are the vital organs attacked.

I bet those cold plunges, saunas, and make-up free days are sounding pretty great right about now 😉.


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