Many people avoid certain foods because of the ingredients in them and the adverse effects they may have on the body. We should have the same considerations when it comes to products we put on our skin. Let me explain why.
The first piece of this puzzle is understanding our skin and how it absorbs the ingredients in products. I talk about it HERE.
You may think that even if our skin absorbs these ingredients which then enter our blood stream, they are in such small doses how can they be harmful?
The answer is time.
How many times do you use beauty and skincare products – every day, every week, every month, every year!
Many of us have used the same product every day since we were teenagers. A little bit of product on the same piece of skin every day for many years. This adds up to a lot of products whose ingredients can accumulate in our body over time.
More importantly, however, is considering the individual ingredients used in these products some of which can be considered harmful or toxic to the body.
Evidence has emerged that there is no safe exposure levels for some chemicals. Even small amounts can wreak havoc in the body.
What is clear is that we need to educate ourselves on the toxic ingredients that companies use in beauty products so we can make more educated choices.
Not convinced yet? Think about this..
If you live in a big city like Sydney (as I do) you breathe in air pollution every day which is unavoidable. We communicate via wireless networks – something else our body is bombarded with which is out of our control. If you work in an office you are breathing in a daily chemical concoction you can’t avoid including aerosols, perfumes, deodorants and other unknowns depending on where you work. All these things are pollutants to your body which it has to process every day – unless of course you decide to move into the countryside, stop using technology and stop working!
My point is that the body deals with a lot in this life we lead, so any way that we can decrease the chemical overload to the body we should.
What can we control every day? The food we eat, our home environment and the products we use on ourselves.
If you want to build your bodies immunity and avoid ill health, you need to understand what ingredients are ok for the body as they are either natural or contain low-level toxins, and which ones you need to be more cautious about and why.
Unfortunately the beauty industry is unregulated. Too few of the 1000s of chemicals used in beauty products have been tested. We can’t rely on Government regulation (here in Australia or overseas).
For most of my life I had no idea about how what we put in and on our bodies could affect my health. If I was aware, then I certainly would have thought twice about eating certain foods or using some of the products I did. Now I know, I can’t ignore and I believe you will feel the same.
Thanks to continued research we beginning to learn the truth behind some chemicals used in so many products we use. As we see more sickness and disease in our world, we need to question the reasons why and take better control over our own health.
More and more connections are being made between what we eat and the chemicals in our body and the diseases that are plaguing the modern world.
We know that we need to consume more whole foods and less processed food and the same goes for beauty and personal care products. We need to cut the crap and just use brands that offer us natural and organic products without added toxins.
The result will be a decrease in the build-up in our systems of these toxic chemicals which could affect our health or that of our children and even their children!
We really do need to care about the ingredients in our beauty products which I why I started this blog!