Penetration Enhancers: Propylene glycol is considered "a natural ingredient?"
It's common knowledge that what you eat affects how your body functions. What most people don't think about is how what you put on your skin also affects your health.Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Some of the major functions include protects organs/body from viruses and bacteria sitting on
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Some of the major functions include protects organs/body from viruses and bacteria sitting on outer layer of the skin, detox (about 20% of emotional & physical detox), keep our skeletal system intact, helps regulate temperature, protects our vital organs, and more.
It used to be our skin wouldn't let the synthetics, harsh chemicals, toxins, etc into it. It's one of the main functions to protect the body and internal organs against toxins. However, with the of penetration enhancers, the game has changed. A commonly used penetration enhancer is Propylene glycol.
While Propylene glycol is considered "a natural ingredient" it is an immune system toxicant and causes allergies.
Many formulations deemed "100% all natural" use this ingredient in the recipe as a smoothing agent, penetration enhancer, skin conditioner. However, it's purpose is also to force the skin open to allow the "active ingredient (s)" of the formulation to penetrate the skin. If the skin has to be forced open to accept these active ingredients, I would think they would not be the best choice of active ingredients to use. What most folks don't think about is that when that skin is being forced open by the Propylene glycol to accept the topical ingredients, it is also being forced to accept the very bacteria and viruses it was protecting the body against in the first place. This is one reason it's listed as an immune system toxicant. It makes our immune system work harder to trying to rid itself of the intruders that were allowed entry.
Food grade ingredients, oils, essential oils are naturally allowed entry into the body because they don't pose a threat. Synthetics/toxins are meant to be kept out.
Take a look at the ingredients in the widely used hand sanitizers. You will see Propylene glycol as one. Crazy scary if you ask me.