Quality skin care is not a replacement for good internal health – it's a part of your entire package of well-being.
Your skin grows from the inside out, so your overall nutritional levels matter. Caring for your skin is not just an inside job – it's an outside job too.
I rarely put anything on my skin that I wouldn't be willing to put in my mouth.
It is well-proven that when you apply these chemicals to your skin, they enter your bloodstream and become integrated into your body tissues. It is probably safer to eat these ingredients than to rub them on your skin (although I strongly recommend you don't do either!)
Because, if you do happen to ingest these chemicals, your digestive system can produce specific enzymes to break down these toxins and excrete them… something that doesn't readily occur when you absorb them through the skin.
The worst scenario, of course - when toxic ingredients are injected straight into your tissues.
One of the first strategies you can use to improve your skin health is to make sure you are getting enough high-quality omega-3 fats. This is such a reliable indicator that I frequently can tell someone's omega-3 needs just by shaking their hand. About detox, I wrote recently you can find it HERE It's a must if you care about your skin.
Why potentially harmful ingredients continue to be used?
because they are cheap, readily available, and easily diluted
Here are a few of the most common suspicious ingredients:
Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum – Petroleum products that coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues. Suspected to cause cancer. Disruptive for hormonal activity.
Parabens – Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturisers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body's endocrine system.
Phenol carbolic acid – Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturiser in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.
Acrylamide – Found in hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumours in lab research.
Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin's moisture barrier, quickly penetrates the skin and allows other chemicals to grasp easily. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a "nitrosamine," a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss.
Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anaemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
Dioxane– Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth and ethoxylated alcohols. Dioxane's carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable.
So, do you want to put these chemicals on your skin? Hopefully not…
There are plenty of natural, super effective products for skincare and you can find them easily if you WISH or even ask me and I will tell you where to look for. Pure, undiluted, best quality essential oils can be easily used instead of hazardous, dangerous chemicals, to preserve skincare products and to make them much more effective.
Your skin grows from the inside out, so your overall nutritional levels matter. Caring for your skin is not just an outside job – it's an inside job too.
Good luck, be Smart, Happy and Successful!
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