Get a whiff of this scientific breakthrough. According to a new study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, some of the same scent receptors that give your nose its sense of smell can be found in your skin. Even more intriguing, these same receptors appear to help repair damaged skin.
A team of researchers at Germany’s Ruhr-University Bochum isolated different scent receptors in human skin and cloned one of them. Next they tested different scents to see how the cloned cells reacted. It turns out that skin perked up to the smell of Sandalore, synthetic sandalwood oil used in perfumes and aromatherapy.