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7 Amazing Functions of our Skin

7 Amazing Functions of our Skin

Our skin is truly one of the most amazing organs! We so often put the emphasis on its appearance (color, tone, whether its free from blemishes, etc.), and while those things can certainly be important, they aren't necessarily indicators of whether or not the skin is healthy. We should also look at the functions of our skin as a whole to understand more fully how much it does for us AND how to best take care of it.

Let's review some facts about our skin. It is our largest organ, made up of 3 main layers; the epidermis (top, outer layer), dermis (deeper layer) and hypodermis (subcutaneous tissues). Your skin makes up approximately 10-15% of your body weight! Here are seven primary functions of the skin: 

  • Container: it literally holds our body's contents together, guarding muscles, bones, joints and internal organs.
  • Waterproofing: skin protects the living cells inside our bodies from losing moisture, and the lipids (oils) in our skin provide a barrier protecting our skin on the outside.  
  • Body temperature regulation: this is done through sweat glands and blood vessel dilation or constriction.
  • Warning of pain or injury: nerve endings present in the dermis alert us of things that could cause injury; such as a hot or sharp objects.
  • Protection from infection: bacterial colonies or microbiome on the skin create part of our immune system.
  • Protection from UV radiation: by the creation of pigment melanin.
  • Recognizing foreign bodies: langerhans cells are the first (outermost) line of defense for the cutaneous immune defense. These cells can attach to foreign materials and bring them down to the lymph glands where they can be processed and eliminated. 

The more we study the skin, the more in awe we are of how intricate it is and how much a healthy functioning skin does for our bodies. When our skin is compromised, it cannot function correctly and this can result in discomfort or even injury. We can see how seemingly simple things like dryness, chapped or cracked skin can disrupt the ability of the skin to function correctly. 

When choosing products for your skin, it's important to select things that work with it as it protects and repairs itself. At Zoe Organics, we provide a variety of topical formulas that do just that. Our organic balms, butters, oils and herbs provide nutrients from nature that support its immune function without delivering stressors from toxins. How are you caring for and supporting your amazing skin? 


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A Kid's Guide: Fall Skincare

A Kid's Guide: Fall Skincare
School is back in session along with our favorite Fall activities. Viruses, chapped lips, dry skin and eczema flare-ups are some of the issues that also come with the season. Some of the ways we can counter this season is with warmth, moisture, exfoliation, and slower, more deliberate routines. We can focus on seasonal nourishing foods and getting more sleep and rest. In our Kids’ Edition of Transitioning to Fall Skincare, we are sharing our skincare and wellness tips for the kiddos and recommending effective products. Continue reading

51 Uses for Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm

51 Uses for Dr. Shannon's Organic Skin Balm
Dr. Shannon's Skin Balm is one of our favorite, most-loved products. It could be because the story behind this product is so special, or maybe because it is so versatile. Continue reading

Easing New Mom Anxiety

Easing New Mom Anxiety
Becoming a mom changes us. Not just in a naturally progressive kind of way, but in a deep, shaken-to-the-core kind of way. Anxiety surfaced with my new life as a mother. Sure, there were anxious times or periods of high stress before kids, but somehow I was a lot better at coping with it then. Maybe it was the fact that I got a full night’s sleep, or that I didn’t have the pressure or guilt associated with being the “perfect” mom. My previous fears seemed so small compared to the fierce love and mama bear instinct that kicked in nearly immediately upon meeting my little humans. Was I fit to do this? Did I really have what it would take? Continue reading

Baby Massage

Baby Massage

All three of my children love to be massaged. It was a ritual we began when they were babies and has gotten us through infant colic, teething, nighttime growing pains, stress, and provided a special bonding experience for any pre-bedtime wind-down. As they grow older, sometimes these massages are the platform for precious conversations and a means to bring calm after a hard day. 

This powerful tool is too good to not recommend to every mama, so we have created a simple, useful, downloadable guide that covers everything from the benefits of baby massage to creating the best environment. At the end of the download are guidelines that you can cut out and keep in the nursery to help get you started. 

Cheers to hours of bonding and special memories that will last a lifetime!


What is Baby Massage?

Infant massage is a gentle, soothing therapy that has been shown to have physical and psychological benefits. It’s also a wonderful way to bond with your baby.


The Benefits of Baby Massage

  • Stimulates brain activity and releases oxytocin
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Increases alertness/heightens awareness
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Improves immune function
  • Enhances development of the nervous system
  • Aids with digestion
  • Relieves discomfort of gas, colic, constipation
  • Deepens bonding between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Helps parent/caregiver respond to baby’s cues
  • Enhances communication between baby and parent/caregiver
  • Creates an opportunity for father, grandparent, or another special person in baby’s life to bond
  • Improves relaxation, sleep
  • Deepens baby’s feelings of security and overall well-being


The Process

Create a comforting environment.

  • Set aside 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted, distraction-free time
  • Choose a time when baby is happy and alert
  • Make sure temperature is warm enough so baby doesn’t get cold
  • Dim the lights and play a favorite lullaby album, or enjoy the quiet
  • Remove all jewelry that could scratch or distract
  • Follow up massage with snuggle or rocking time


Begin massage using these guidelines:

  • Make eye contact
  • Before you begin, request permission from your baby. This develops trust and respect; empowering him /her to accept or reject their body being touched
  • Watch for cues of engagement
  • Use gentle, fluid strokes (not so light that it tickles)
  • Keep strokes slow and relaxing; avoid over-stimulating baby by going too fast
  • Move from baby’s center, outwards (example: move from baby’s upper thigh down to his /her feet)
  • Balance – if you massage the right arm, massage the left arm next
  • Do each stroke 3 times and watch for cues from baby to continue or move to next stroke


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Sweet Dreams: Spotify playlists


We’ve created three playlists for lullaby/sleepytime, that are each a bit different, but that are all relaxing, beautiful music. We hope you enjoy!



Sweet Dreams 1

Sweet Dreams 2

Sweet Dreams 3




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