Sunday 17th July 2016
Your skin and the ‘chemical overload’:
In any situation it’s important to know what you are dealing with before you make any big changes so I thought I share some facts on what’s in some family favourites in your bathroom cupboard and what happens when you put them on your skin. It’s all about the “toxic load” on your body and that’s a combination of everything we do. It’s difficult to avoid all toxins but it’s important to choose your toxins wisely and here's a guide to assist you in your choices.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It’s also the largest gateway for toxins to get inside. So it’s not only what you eat that’s important for toxins but what you put on your body. The average woman applies approximately 200 or more chemicals to her skin every day!! These chemicals are synthetic. Some of them like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and PEG (Polyethylene Glycol - also moonlight as key ingredients in industrial cleaning agents. No regulation exists requiring cosmetic companies to prove these ingredients do not cause long term harm. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked with conditions as diverse as cancer, depression, asthma, diabetics and birth defects. For 80 percent of the common chemicals in everyday use we know almost nothing about whether or not they can damage the brains of children, their immune system, their reproductive system, and their other developing organs which is scary – right?!
Your skin is a barrier to the outside world but it is also very porous - look at how skin patch technology works for example! So what we put on our skin is absorbed into our body and our bloodstream. Studies have shown that we absorb approx. 60% of what we put on our skin. This absorption depends on the condition your skin, the area of your body, the hairiness of the area, the molecular structure of substance we are applying. So modern technology and chemistry has helped to develop products that help absorption and also decrease the cost of manufacturing. What does this mean? More chemicals that are more easily absorbed into your blood stream. This is why its important to read the ingredients of anything you apply to your skin.
Find out what’s in your bathroom cupboard and what to avoid. Start by gathering your most used products and check out this list of 10 chemicals consumers should avoid published by World Organics and many others. This list is also the top ten toxins commonly found in skincare. If you find these listed on anything in your bathroom cupboard it’s probably a good idea to avoid them.
2. Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate
4. Mineral Oil
5. Synthetic Fragrances
6. Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
7. Polyethylene Glycol
9. Propylene Glycol
10. DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine)
You can also refer to the Environment Working Group's 'Cosmetic Safety Database' at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
NB: while medication has its place it’s important to take care as well. For example, Steroid creams are shown to lower your immune system function and make you more susceptible to infections. They can also thin your skin if you use too much, and they don’t cure eczema because they don’t get to the root cause of what is triggering the problem. They work by suppressing the inflammation and itching, rather than making it better.
I’ll share more details in my next Blog - I hope you’ve found this useful x
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