You should look at everything you put on your skin and decide if it is something you would be willing to eat. Why? Because 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. That is why transdermal patches for medicines (nicotine, morphine, birth control, etc.) are so effective.
There are over 10,000 chemicals are used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals.
How many of these items do you use daily?
6. Body Wash
7. Face Scrub
8. Face Cleanser
10. Face Lotion
12. Body Scrub
13. Body Lotion
14. Hand Lotion
15. Foot Scrub
23. Nail Polish
The average woman applies 126 chemicals in up to eleven different products before having her first cup of coffee in the morning. What about you?
The best way to change your “toxic load” is to be aware of the products you are using by reading the labels and knowing the ingredients. I have attached a list of chemicals to avoid below from the Environmental Working Group. Check your products at www.ewg.org/skindeep to see how they rate. Reducing the number of products you use is also an effective way to lower your exposure to unwanted ingredients. Also, if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Using paraben-free, chemical free, holistic skin care is key.
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