Last month, we discussed why natural cleaning products are important. Now, we’ll take a look at natural skin and beauty products. Why such a big push? Because we are learning more about what some of the chemicals in these products can do. And think about it – we use these products every day. Deodorants, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, toners, perfumes, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, powder, foundation, hair styling products, etc. Many of us use these items daily, if not multiple times per day. Here is a look at some of the top reasons to consider making the switch.
Absorption. Skin is our largest organ and is there to protect us. It has been researched that more than 50% of what we apply onto our skin may be absorbed into our bloodstream. This raises a question "why would you put something toxic onto your skin and poison one of the most important organs you have"? Not to mention about the effect these toxic might have when they are absorbed into the bloodstream.
Exposure. We are exposed to hundreds, if not thousands of chemicals every day. We eat them, smell them, absorb them – they’re everywhere! This helps lessen the toxic load being placed on our body which helps with free radical production in our body. Endocrine Dysfunction. Phthalates (synthetic fragrance) and Parabens (preservative in cosmetics) are known endrocrine disruptors. This means that they have been known to cause fertility and reproductive issues, especially in males.
Unregulated. Unfortunately, the skin and beauty care industry are not as heavily regulated as we would like. In fact, ingredients can be omitted from the label if they fall under the “trade secret” category. Only 11 chemicals have been banned for use in the US, while the European Union has banned over 1000.
Ultimately, the choice is yours. If you do decide to make the switch, read labels carefully and find a trusted source. Or better yet, make your own! That way, you know exactly what you are putting on your body and can modify as you go along if a sensitivity appears.