We’re becoming very conscious about what we put in our bodies, but we don’t give very much thought into what we put on our bodies. What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body because both affect the well being of our entire body. We slather on all manner of creams and lotions and cleansers and scents-and let us not forget-makeup on our bodies. What you’ve got to remember is your skin absorbs a large percentage of what you put on it.
Our skin shields us from a lot of harmful things every day. It is also a protective barrier that helps preserve our internal fluids and organs. With everything from chemicals in the skin care products to environmental toxins and pollutants, harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, pathogens, antigens and UV radiation attacking it, our skin needs to be in tip-top shape to avoid illness and keep us healthy.
When you are getting ready to put something on your skin, stop and ask yourself, “Would I eat this?” Why in the world would you ask yourself that question? It’s because 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. Have you ever wondered why transdermal patches for medicines such as nicotine, birth control, morphine, etc. are so effective? That’s why.
Now here’s a scary thought, there are more than 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products. These include carcinogens, formaldehydes, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead and heavy metals. Parabens, which are used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers do not need the FDA’s approval to market products and use almost anything as an ingredient.
To avoid a “toxic overload” to your skin, be aware of the products you are using. Read the labels and know the ingredients. Also, reducing the number of products you use would help you to avoid many unwanted ingredients. You should be looking for organic skin care products to go on your skin, just like you look for organic food to feed your body. Holistic skin care is key.
A good motto is: “If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”