Skin Deep Science Part 1: Can Transdermal Patches Really Help you?

This might turn into a real meat-and-potatoes blog post, but it’s one that bears attention in the world of wellness products. I’ve written a bit about transdermal patches and their science in previous entries, so I decided to do a deeper dive into transdermal patches and their effectiveness in delivering on their promise.

For the naysayers out there who are skeptical and who laugh at the idea that a vitamin patch can do anything for you, all I say to you is this: I get it.

Many of us are hard-wired that way. When a first saw a vitamin patch for sleep, I raised an eyebrow and scoffed a bit. But I was the same way about CBD when I first came into that industry, so I gave it a go and never turned back.

What Are Vitamin Patches?

We’ll start from the beginning here. Mostly because if you’ve never heard of them, they sound like there’s more to them.

In fact, vitamin patches are products that deliver doses of active ingredients through the skin, rather than through your digestive system (orally) via transdermal delivery. This is to say that they send medicinal effects throughout the body in the form of vitamins, hormones and amino acids or directly to an affected area like your knee or joint in the form of anti-inflammatory agents like with kinesiology tape.

The intent is to use the skin as the entry point to the bloodstream rather than through the gastrointestinal system like with oral medications because it offers a lot of benefits as compared to the latter.

How Long has Topical Medicine Existed?

From the ancient Greeks to the Native American tribes, skin compresses (called poultices) have been part of medicinal practices for centuries. They were composed of crushed herbs and cloth and were then applied to an affected area. We’ve been using our skin as a gateway to wellness for as long as we can remember.

Although there’s a lot of speculation about the effectiveness of transdermal delivery like anxiety patches and sleep patches, the fact is that the technology has been around for quite some time. Whether it’s in the form of pain relief cream or even the nicotine patch, wellness products that work through the skin were popularized in the 90s, and transdermal patches were invented in the late 1970s.

How Do Vitamin Patches Work?

When you’re all about simplicity, it might be harder to believe that your products work. So it’s always amazing to see when our customers talk to us about the great results they’ve received by simply applying a patch to their skin. But what happens when you apply, let’s say, a sleep patch to your skin.

First, I’ll back up a bit and discuss what the construction of a standard transdermal patch is.

The adhesive layeris what makes contact with your skin. It’s basically there to ensure the product stays in place. Many companies usenatural adhesives to minimize any irritation that might be caused.

The backing layeris the “top” of the patch, the part that will be facing up when you place it on your skin. It acts as the water-resistant foundation of the patch to make sure it doesn’t get affected by your daily routine like during working out, commuting, working, and living your life.

The nutrient layer is where the action is! It provides a slow release of active ingredients through the skin and into the bloodstream.

When applied, the ingredients of vitamin patches will dissolve with the help of body heat and the skin’s moisture and allow them to pass through dermal layers and the hair follicles. From there, they can enter the bloodstream.

What can Vitamin Patches Help me With?

Now that we’ve established that vitamins can be absorbed through the skin, what exactly can you buy patches for?

The answer is, quite a bit! Let’s visit some of the top wellness applications for transdermal patches.

Multivitamin Patches

Consumers love the idea of not having to take their multivitamins orally every single day. As an answer to that, many companies have developed daily multivitamin patches with a variety of formulas including iron, b12, omega 3, and vitamin C. They’re great to fill in nutritional gaps in your daily routine.

Sleep Patch

Sleep patches are quickly growing in popularity as a new and simple way to fall asleep and stay asleep. They’re filled withnatural ingredients like lavender, melatonin, and valerian root which help your body relax you’re ready to get some rest. The best part is that there’s no preparation involved like with teas, powders, and pills. Just slip the patch on close to your bedtime and let it works its magic.

Anxiety Patch

Another great product for customers seeking an easy-to-use product to help calm their minds and help them control symptoms of anxiety. Patches for anxiety can contain essential oils, magnesium and a host of other natural ingredients that can help soothe the anxious mind.

Migraine Patches

Anyone with chronic head pain will attest that pill-popping is a chore. Migraine patches have helped many people manage pain and lead more normal lives, simply by applying a patch to their skin!

Energy Patches

Because everyone needs a boost, energy patches contain all-natural minerals and amino acids designed to give you a caffeine-free kick in the pants. Many athletes supplement their physically-demanding lifestyles with these patches as an easy alternative to traditional and sometimes more synthetic energy supplements.

The Takeaway on Vitamin Patches

While I can support anyone skeptical about the effectiveness of transdermal patches, I can say with confidence that dipping your toe in is a very good idea. Trying new things may be a cause for concern, but if you think about it, the wellness ritual as it is today is hard to sustain.

We’re handcuffed to individual preparation methods that supplement our health. Whether it’s boiling water and steeping tea, mixing powders, juicing vegetables, or whatever you’re into, it’s time-consuming.

It’s good to know that we’re still innovating to support our wellness in new, easy, and effective ways.

Skin Deep Science Part 1: Can Transdermal Patches Really Help you?

This might turn into a real meat-and-potatoes blog post, but it’s one that bears attention in the world of wellness products. I’ve written a bit about transdermal patches and their science in previous entries, so I decided to do a deeper dive into transdermal patches and their effectiveness in delivering on their promise.

For the naysayers out there who are skeptical and who laugh at the idea that a vitamin patch can do anything for you, all I say to you is this: I get it.

Many of us are hard-wired that way. When a first saw a vitamin patch for sleep, I raised an eyebrow and scoffed a bit. But I was the same way about CBD when I first came into that industry, so I gave it a go and never turned back.

What Are Vitamin Patches?

We’ll start from the beginning here. Mostly because if you’ve never heard of them, they sound like there’s more to them.

In fact, vitamin patches are products that deliver doses of active ingredients through the skin, rather than through your digestive system (orally) via transdermal delivery. This is to say that they send medicinal effects throughout the body in the form of vitamins, hormones and amino acids or directly to an affected area like your knee or joint in the form of anti-inflammatory agents like with kinesiology tape.

The intent is to use the skin as the entry point to the bloodstream rather than through the gastrointestinal system like with oral medications because it offers a lot of benefits as compared to the latter.

How Long has Topical Medicine Existed?

From the ancient Greeks to the Native American tribes, skin compresses (called poultices) have been part of medicinal practices for centuries. They were composed of crushed herbs and cloth and were then applied to an affected area. We’ve been using our skin as a gateway to wellness for as long as we can remember.

Although there’s a lot of speculation about the effectiveness of transdermal delivery like anxiety patches and sleep patches, the fact is that the technology has been around for quite some time. Whether it’s in the form of pain relief cream or even the nicotine patch, wellness products that work through the skin were popularized in the 90s, and transdermal patches were invented in the late 1970s.

How Do Vitamin Patches Work?

When you’re all about simplicity, it might be harder to believe that your products work. So it’s always amazing to see when our customers talk to us about the great results they’ve received by simply applying a patch to their skin. But what actually happens when you apply, let’s say, a sleep patch to your skin.

First, I’ll back up a bit and discuss what the construction of a standard transdermal patch actually is.

The adhesive layeris what makes contact with your skin. It’s basically there to ensure the product stays in place. Many companies usenatural adhesives to minimize any irritation that might be caused.

The backing layeris the “top” of the patch, the part that will be facing up when you place it on your skin. It acts as the water-resistant foundation of the patch to make sure it doesn’t get affected by your daily routine like during working out, commuting, working, and basically living your life.

The nutrient layer is where the action is! It provides a slow release of active ingredients through the skin and into the bloodstream.

When applied, the ingredients of vitamin patches will dissolve with the help of body heat and the skin’s moisture and allow them to pass through dermal layers and the hair follicles. From there, they can enter the bloodstream.

What can Vitamin Patches Help me With?

Now that we’ve established that vitamins can be absorbed through the skin, what exactly can you buy patches for?

The answer is, quite a bit! Let’s visit some of the top wellness applications for transdermal patches.

Multivitamin Patches

Consumers love the idea of not having to take their multivitamins orally every single day. As an answer to that, many companies have developed daily multivitamin patches with a variety of formulas including iron, b12, omega 3, and vitamin C. They’re great to fill in nutritional gaps in your daily routine.

Sleep Patch

Sleep patches are quickly growing in popularity as a new and simple way to fall asleep and stay asleep. They’re filled withnatural ingredients like lavender, melatonin, and valerian root which help your body relax you’re ready to get some rest. The best part is that there’s no preparation involved like with teas, powders, and pills. Just slip the patch on close to your bedtime and let it works its magic.

Anxiety Patch

Another great product for customers seeking an easy-to-use product to help calm their minds and help them control symptoms of anxiety. Patches for anxiety can contain essential oils, magnesium and a host of other natural ingredients that can help soothe the anxious mind.

Migraine Patches

Anyone with chronic head pain will attest that pill-popping is a chore. Migraine patches have helped many people manage pain and lead more normal lives, simply by applying a patch to their skin!

Energy Patches

Because everyone needs a boost, energy patches contain all-natural minerals and amino acids designed to give you a caffeine-free kick in the pants. Many athletes supplement their physically-demanding lifestyles with these patches as an easy alternative to traditional and sometimes more synthetic energy supplements.

The Takeaway on Vitamin Patches

While I can support anyone who’s skeptical about the effectiveness of transdermal patches, I can say with confidence that dipping your toe in is a very good idea. Trying new things may be a cause for concern, but if you think about it, the wellness ritual as it is today is hard to sustain.

We’re handcuffed to individual preparation methods that supplement our health. Whether it’s boiling water and seeping tea, mixing powders, juicing vegetables, or whatever you’re into, it’s time-consuming.

It’s good to know that we’re still innovating to support our wellness in new, easy, and effective ways.

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