Take a few minutes to write down all the things you put on your skin today. I’ll go ahead and share with you what I put on my skin: Dermagenics Women’s Moisturizer, Secret deodorant, Shikai Vanilla body wash, Dermagenics (soon to be launched) facial cleanser, a spritz of Kai Perfume, Trader Joe’s French Orange Blossom Hand Wash (about 10 times, I’m OCD), Makeup Forever Foundation, Smashbox blush and eye shadow, Smashbox lip gloss. I washed dishes with Mrs. Myers dish soap as well.
Now, get this. Our skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it, and puts it directly into your blood stream. So, you might as well eat 60% of what you’re putting on your skin. I haven’t even mentioned the airborne pollutants that landed on my skin today, which could range from, car exhaust, paint fumes, dust particulates, cigarette smoke from a passerby on the street, okay, you get the picture.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we all go and live in a bubble. However, it’s important to be aware of what you’re putting on your body and to look at ingredients before buying.
Most cosmetics and skin care products contain the following ingredients that can be toxic:
Alcohol – dries skin, causes tissue damage
Dyes – who really knows what this means? Usually it means they’re covering up something
Perfumes & Fragrances – they may smell good, but this is usually where skin care companies get away with hiding toxic ingredients
Phthlates – can cause numerous serious health conditions
Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) – industrial grade cleaners that are in most shampoos, body washes, and hand wash gels. It can cause flu-like symptoms, and have long term effects on the gastro-intestinal system.
Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen that also has these other more unknown names: ronopol,diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantion, imidazolidinyl urea, and quaternium 15.
Mineral Oil – This petroleum by-product clogs the pores, promoting acne and skin damage
With the perfume, I was exposed to alcohol and some "secret" perfume. With the dish and hand soaps, I was exposed to Sulfates. How am I feeling today? So-so. At least I didn’t use anything with formaldehyde or phthlates.
Just read through the ingredients before you purchase. Oh, and by the way, if you’re the one who cleans your abode, wear gloves before sticking your hand into that bucket of Lysol.
Now, go forth and be HEALTHY!
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