Our skin absorbs 60% of any topical product we use!
The skin is the body’s largest organ. It is also the biggest gateway for toxins to get inside. Its not only what you eat, but what you put on your body that is vital to your health. Yet, conventional bath and beauty products are riddled with harmful chemicals.
Read on to find out more why its important to take notice of what you put on your skin.
WHAT TOXIC CHEMICALS IS YOUR BODY ABSORBING?
Parabens are widely used in beauty and skin care products as preservatives.
But these are very harmful for skin and it may lead to breast cancer tumors. It may also contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalance in females and early puberty. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.
2. MINERAL OIL
Mineral oil is used in many beauty care products such as baby oil, body lotions, soap and makeup.
Mineral oil is a petroleum by-product which clogs the pores and interferes with the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging.
3. SLS & SLES
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are used in personal care products that creates foam.
Over-exposure to SLS has been linked to eye damage, depression, laboured breathing, diarrhea and severe skin irritation. It's been suspected to also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days, during which time it may enter and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, the lungs, and the brain. SLS is also toxic to aquatic organisms.
Silicones are bad for the skin. Because the silicone sits in a layer on top of the skin keeping in moisture, it also keeps in any sebum, dirt and bacteria that may already be on the skin. Once the skin is irritated, it will breakout. So, it is common to hear people say that silicones in products break them out. (source)
Also, prolonged use of silicones may also lead to allergic reactions and may cause sensitive skin to react adversely. So, eczema flare-ups may occur and on the face acne or spots will form. Also, large doses of silicone can be toxic. Some people who complain that certain skincare serums or moisturizers break them out, or that they have foundations or primers causing spots and acne may be allergic to silicones or react to them.