Immune Functions of Skin

This year’s flu strain is making headlines. While the media debates the effectiveness and safety of the upcoming vaccine for our children, we’d like to add to your toolbox with a few natural approaches to preventing sickness and boosting immunity!

The skin is part of the body’s immune system, responsible for three specific functions.

1. Barrier Immunity – the skin is a permeable barrier. It is designed to keep out and move out stuff the body does need, like dirt, germs, bacteria and waste. Skin care ingredients that help create a stronger barrier include fruit butters (like Shea) and most importantly, probiotics.

2. Antimicrobial Immunity – the skin has natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can defend against germs and bacteria on its surface. Skin care ingredients with known antimicrobial properties like thyme and orange oils can boost the skin’s natural protection.

3. Assistive Immunity – the skin helps the body identify, recognize and remember germs and bacteria for the rest of the body to be able to initiate a well-targeted immune response for both the first and future encounters. Skin care ingredients like flax, borage and primrose oils are rich in essential fatty acids which are moisturizing and essential to keep the skin from drying out. Colostrum is another wonderful ingredient that supports skin immunity.

The body’s immune system — its basic protective mechanisms — are dependent upon healthy skin. As a parent, your selection of pure, natural and organic baby skin care products, as well as adherence to healthy skin care rituals, is critically important to your child’s health. Radiant, healthy skin not only looks great, but works to keep your baby’s body strong. With proper natural skin care, respect for the body can be instilled from birth and result in lasting health, grace, and confidence.

Published on: November 08, 2011
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Kim Walls, M.S., is the mother of two young boys and a serial entrepreneur. Kim has recently launched a new website - to educate expecting parents about the value of skin-to-skin contact in the newborn period.
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