What is the Skin?

Yes, the skin is the body’s largest organ. And yes, there are the known physiological and anatomical aspects of the skin that are taught in biology class, and we’ve all seen those diagrams of the layers of the skin with the epidermis and hair follicles and sebaceous glands and collagen fibers, etc. But there's more . . .

How does one explain that the skin actually eats light, registers the subtle vibrations constantly emitted by the life force of the planet and can absorb colors and smells? How can one understand that the surface chemistry of your skin shifts every time your lover caresses you or you have a close call in traffic? Can we honestly grasp the fact that relationship counseling appears to be the best way to cure psoriasis? Why does the skin function as a kind of responsive antenna attuned not only to my own mental and emotional states, but also to the state of the planet and is influenced in some subtle way by the conditions of the environment?

Sure, we can talk about hormones and enzymes and nerve impulses, but does the language of the observable physical aspects of the skin come close to explaining the reality of the skin? And if I did come closer to understanding the multi-dimensional purposes of the skin, which cannot be separate from the purposes of Gaia herself, how would I now relate to wrinkles, to sunscreen or to anti-aging marketing that digs at the very core of our acceptance of ourselves as we are? And finally – and this is where Grateful Body comes in – how would I choose my skin care products?