You are what you put on your skin


WE are what we eat, but we are also what we put on our skin, which is our big­gest or­gan. What we put onto our skin soaks deep into our or­gans. Any chem­i­cals from th­ese prod­ucts have to be detoxed. Some cos­metic prod­ucts con­tain tox­ins that the liver has to deal with. They can cause rashes, itchy skin, hor­monal prob­lems, and some are car­cino­genic – can­cer caus­ing.

We use sham­poos, face wash, mois­turis­ers, body wash, body lo­tions, de­odor­ants, hair colour, nail pol­ish ,shav­ing prod­ucts, sun screen and af­ter sun lo­tions. This is quite a lot of prod­ucts that may con­tain in­gre­di­ents that we could well do with­out. We are get­ting used to read­ing the la­bels on our food, we need to take con­trol of what we put on our bod­ies and start read­ing th­ese la­bels too.

Some in­gre­di­ents to re­duce are Sodium lau­ryl Sul­phate which is found in body washes and sham­poos, ba­si­cally any­thing that foams up. Am­mo­nia, re­sor­ci­nol, and PTB’s which are found in hair colour. Parabens or any­thing that ends in “paraben” are used as a preser­va­tive. Alu­minium is found in de­odor­ants and anti-per­spi­rants. Petroleum (also listed as min­eral oil or liq­uid paraf­fin) not only pulls mois­ture from your skin but is also listed by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion as a prob­a­ble car­cino­gen. Oxy­ben­zone is used in some sun screens and is linked with skin ir­ri­ta­tion, al­ler­gies, and hor­mone dis­rup­tion.

You could be us­ing more of th­ese prod­ucts than you think with­out even re­al­is­ing it. Some peo­ple may be able to elim­i­nate the tox­ins from th­ese chem­i­cals ef­fi­ciently. It de­pends on the over­all toxic load that is placed on the body from other tox­ins. There can be tox­ins in food, tox­ins in the air we breathe, the house­hold prod­ucts we use, and med­i­ca­tion. It can add up to a lot of tox­ins. If you’re in good health you may not have any ad­verse ef­fects but if you have con­tin­ued health is­sues you would do well to re­duce your over­all toxic load.

Look for prod­ucts with the least amount of chem­i­cals. That’s a good place to start.

While some prod­ucts may be cheaper, they may con­tain more chem­i­cals and that may cost you in the long run. So be care­ful about what you put on your skin. It’s your body.

Clair Whitty is a Bach Flower Prac­ti­tioner, Nu­tri­tional Health Coach and Vega Al­lergy Tester based at The Natural Health Store, 24 North Main Street, Wex­ford. 053 9121613 | clairm1@eir­

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