What lies on the surface of our bodies is actually its largest organ—our skin. Not only is it the biggest, coming in at a whopping fifteen percent of our body weight, but it is also one of the most amazing. Our skin is our protector, shielding our innermost workings from the exterior environment. And it is working constantly to be at its best, completely renewing itself on a twenty-eight-day basis, regenerating new cells beneath its surface around the clock.
And while our skin is working on its own, attempting to restore itself, we are either helping it along to reveal itself at the outermost, epidermal layer, or we are working against it. Our skin is constantly at battle with the world around us. There are the sun's rays, climatic conditions, air pollutants, bacteria (good and bad!), viruses, and toxins. All of these factors affect our skin, and most of them are out of our control. But, luckily, we do have control over what we put into our bodies and onto our skin.
There have been many studies in recent years, linking the state of our gut to the health of our skin. In essence, it has been found that if our gut is suffering, then it is likely that our skin is struggling to look and stay healthy as well. Consuming vitamins A, D, C, and E are known to keep our skin looking youthful and in good health. And, of course, we hear all the time how important it is to drink a lot of water every day so that our bodies can flush out the bad stuff.
On the outside, we work to make our skin look nice with facial cleansers, moisturizers, and "age-defying" creams, but, unfortunately, many of these store-bought skin treatments are full of toxins of their own. Over 80,000 chemicals are on the market today, and not a lot of safety data exist for them, especially for those used in the skin care and beauty industry. And even though the European Union has banned close to 1400 of these said chemicals over the past couple of decades, the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938, and has only partially banned 30 of these chemicals thus far.
So many of the beauty products on store shelves have such glossy packaging and sparkly taglines, spouting off amazing claims. But then you read the fine print in their lists of ingredients, and realize you do not have a clue what you are actually putting on your skin. And that is why we turn to more natural cleansers, moisturizers, and cosmetics.
Lipids, or natural fats on our skin's outer layer help keep our skin moist and healthy, and, often, many of these harsher beauty products, containing detergents and alcohol, will deplete these natural lipids and dry out the skin. At Farm&Field, we strive to use the most natural and nourishing ingredients possible to ensure the health of your skin. You can read about possible benefits of ingredients on each of our product's pages—lard from locally and humanely sourced pork provides support to the natural fats already on the outer layer of your skin, adding even more moisturizing benefits. Sunflower oil, which contains vitamin E, is known to moisturize, fight acne, and brighten your complexion. And coconut oil has amazing, natural cleansing properties. It is our hope that the products we offer will help the natural systems of your body rather than cause any harm.
We, at Farm&Field, want you to feel good about what you put onto your body, and we want you to find joy in the process—in the pleasure of indulging in natural ingredients. So, go on, and love the skin you're in.