Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs 60-80% of all chemicals applied to it.
That’s not a made up figure, it’s backed up by science. How do you think nicotine or birth control patches work?
Cosmetics are tested (to an extent) before they can be released for sale. So technically, all products are ‘safe’ by government standards. But it’s how they’re testing that’s the problem and the standards they’re required to meet.
When determining the safety of a chemical in skin absorption it’s all about risk assessment. What determines the toxicity of an ingredient is in the amount absorbed and accumulated, or “the dose makes the poison.” In other words, studies are conducted to determine how much can our bodies handle before they’re poisoned.
Basically, a small amount of the poison can be metabolised by our bodies. Our body’s can break down certain chemicals into other forms that are easily excreted via fluids.
Our bodies are cleverly designed to filter what we do and don’t need, from natural sources. It’s been doing this since the beginning of time and slowly evolves and adapts to our environment. Generally our bodies design will filter out molecules and water, disposing of what doesn’t belong by excretion via bodily fluids. Remarkable stuff!
But with the rapid rise of technology our bodies can’t evolve fast enough to cope with these newer man-made chemicals.
What studies don’t determine is, what happens when you apply a small amount of poison, from 15 different products, every day over the course of 30 years.
Can our bodies cope with that much stress?
Have you taken a look at what’s in your beauty products? Unless you’re already using natural products I would encourage you to take a closer look.
The majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants.
Despite these products being classified as safe for use, these toxic chemicals are flooding our bodies and building up. Our bodies aren’t capable of ridding itself of all these toxic chemicals.
In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns.
Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects.
These toxins included mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBCD/F and PBDD/F), perflorinated chemicals (PFCs), organochlorine pesticides like DDT and chlordane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many others. Read more about these ingredients here.
So clearly the ‘safe’ exposure to chemicals is having an impact on not only us, but also on our offspring.
To eliminate a lot of toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, choose certified organic and natural skin care products. It is important to read labels and become educated about what ingredients to avoid when selecting body care products. A good motto to go by is if you can’t pronounce it or have only seen it in chemistry class, don’t use it!
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