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 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.clairsclinic.ie