Normal skin does not exist anymore. Cosmetic companies invented “combination oily”, “combination dry” and “dehydrated dry” skin types. However, a slight dryness and shiny T-zone are perfectly normal, no matter how hard the industry tries to convince us otherwise. According to new estimates, our skin can absorb up to 60 % of substances applied to its surface. Unfortunately along with water, vitamins, minerals and oxygen, skin soaks up potentially carcinogenic ingredients that increase our risk of having cancer at some point in our lives – as if breathing polluted air and eating chemicals is not enough!!! What happens when a potentially toxic substance passes the skin barrier? It ends up in the blood vessels and lymph ducts located in the skin layers. As chemicals are absorbed, they enter the bloodstream and travel through the lymph through the body. Eventually filtered out by the liver and flushed away by the kidneys. However, some substances remain inside the body, adding to the systemic load that can accumulate for decades. Since the skin is the largest organ in our body, it soaks up contaminants in much larger amounts than the intestines or lungs. All skin types benefit from moisturising, even oilier skin types. In oily skin, the production of sebum has been compromised by excessively drying skin treatments. Treat your skin with care and moisturise it with lightweight oil-based serums and moisturising gels. Plant oils are the simplest and perhaps most effective moisturisers known to cosmetic science. All of the ingredients in commercial cosmetic products are much cheaper than plant oils, so no wonder that a regular “synthetic” moisturiser would contain 4% plant oil, which performs the full moisturising task, 70% is water, the rest is chemical junk that helps mix a teaspoon of oil with water, preservatives and perfumes.