Oil vs. Water
Posted on July 28 2019
Oil vs Water: Cells Are Cells…Maybe
We have all seen the commercials comparing a woman’s skin to flower petals. Now, don’t get me wrong, I get the analogy: Every woman wants “petal soft” skin. But being the scientist that I am, I must be somewhat literal: Flowers are lovely but they are composed of a different type of cell than skin. I have watched these advertisements and thought to myself, “A plant cell has f*&k all to do with an animal cell!!!! What are they thinking and what message are they attempting to get across comparing apples and friggin’ naked mole rat (emphasizing the differences in skin)!!!??
Why do I see this comparison? Well, my formal training is in Microbiology. So, yes, I must take everything down to its basic building blocks. Let us begin: 1) plant cells are surrounded by sturdy, rigid cell walls. This allows plants to stand tall when given enough water. The cell wall also helps the plant retain water, leading to less evaporation and more conservation. These cells also contain vacuoles which are basically storage units for water and some fats. 2) animal cells have cell membranes but NOT cell walls. This means that water is going to escape from an animal cell much more quickly. And evaporation is more likely to occur. And hydration is key since our are bodies are 70% water and our cells are at least 80% water at any given time. And 3) Oil is less dense than water. (We’ll touch back on that in the next paragraph.)
So, back to the commercials…. There is always a comparison: one flower dipped in water while the other is dipped in oils. This comparison always depicts the water-dipped flower as wilting and the oil-dipped flower as perky, petals flawless…and well hydrated. Here is where the aforementioned point #3 comes to light. Water and oil do not mix for one fundamental reason: water is more dense than oil. Haven’t you ever noticed when you cook rice or pasta, and you add oil to your water, the oil is always floating in little globules on top of the water? The reason being that the oil molecules are hydrophobic or “water-fearing.” These molecules and their bonds to one another exclude water thereby allowing the formation of globules.
All of these things have been said in order to show you where I am coming from with my views and thoughts on skincare. My company has a simple tagline. It is not presumptuous or overbearing. It states simply this: Naturally, skin deep. The inspiration for this line came to me while watching these floral advertisements. They speak to me that these commercial moisturizers and big box company products remain on the skin. The products remain on the skin and fail to be absorbed. For this reason, multiple applications are necessary. Several bottles are bought over short time spans. And dry skin, skin sensitivities, and unsavory skin reactions prevail.
Thomas Therapeutics is different. All of our formulations are pure and natural, some are even organic. These formulations are absorbed by the skin naturally. There are no sulfates, phthalates, or even parabens. We even go’ so far as to formulate treatments to accommodate the skin issues of people we meet by happenstance. And that is where the difference begins…