GOD Made Nature – MAN Made Synthetics. In which will you place your trust?
PRESCRIPTION VS. NATURAL? There is one simple answer to this question… TOXINS.
Skin product ingredients are extremely important to your health and frankly most people simply do not believe it or they are not aware. Most people assume a company or government regulations are protecting their health. This is far from true.
Think again. We must read labels and become aware of the ingredients and what the chemicals are doing to our health. Few read the labels and have little understanding of the chemicals applied to the skin through soaps, lotions, creams, shampoos etc.
Are you aware that your skin absorbs 60% of the chemicals it comes in contact with and directly goes into the bloodstream?Think about it?
Many hormone therapy, birth control, smoking cessations and other medications are applied to the skin as patches and the medication passes through your skin and directly enters the blood stream. Manufacturers claim that there are only small amounts of these chemicals per item and this is true. However, you use several items at one time and you repeat the use of these items many times a day, week etc.
The skin is a living, breathing tissue that covers and protects our body, but also absorbs things that come into contact with it.
The more we reduce the amount of toxins we introduce to our body, whether it comes via the food we eat, the water we drink, or the body care products we put on our skin, the more we give our bodies the opportunity to be healthier, and the easier it will be for our body to get rid of the toxins we do come into contact with.
Just as prescription drugs can be delivered through our skin via a patch, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other body care products are absorbed by our skin.
If we use shampoo made of petrochemicals and other chemical preservatives, we absorb that. If we use natural shampoo made of natural oils and herbs, we absorb those botanical ingredients instead. Which would you rather have in your body?
The continued use of these items can take a toll on your health. So what are the chemicals you should look for and why?
Here are a just a few….
Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives that work against
bacteria and fungi. They are found in a wide range of different personal
care products like shampoos, shaving gels, cosmetics, skin care products,
toothpastes, and more.Parabens are chemical preservatives. On cosmetic labels,
you will most likely see the following parabens listed:
methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben. The
concern with parabens is their known to disrupt hormone function
which is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive
toxicity with the sun’s UVB rays, aging the skin and causing DNA
damage. Parabens have been found in biopsies from breast
cancer tumors at concentrations similar to those found in consumer
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is probably the most dangerous ingredient used as a detergent in common skin and hair care products.
SLS is primarily used in soaps, bubble bath and shampoo. It is
meant to be used as a degreasing cleaning product for industrial areas.
However, when is absorbed in your skin it brakes down the protective
oils and not only causes the skin to be irritated but then accesses the
lower sensitive layers of the skin. Once absorbed it mimics the activity
of the hormone Oestrogen. Oestrogen may be responsible for a
variety of health problems including PMS and menopausal symptoms to
a drop in male fertility and increasing female cancer such as breast
cancer, where oestrogen levels are known to be involved.
Formaldehyde releasing preservatives, HMDM Hydanfoin, Urea and Quaternium 15: these toxins
can cause allergies, skin reactions, rashes and are probable carcinogens.Cosmetic products containing formaldehyde releasing preservatives can leak formaldehyde into your body
via skin absorption, ingestion or by releasing formaldehyde into the air your breath. Studies
have linked formaldehyde to leukemia.
Petrochemicals are common in cosmetic products. Petrochemicals
are by products of petroleum and are found in fragrances, lip balm,
soaps, lotions, liquid soaps etc. Petroleum and products such as
mineral oil trick the body into thinking that the skin is moisturized
but instead irritate the skin. Petrochemicals are known to cause
numerous health issues ranging from skin rashes to cancer and
liver, kidney and nervous system toxicity. DPB (DibutyPhthalate) in
particular has been linked with birth defects and lifelong reproductive
Home Cleaning Products Cleaning Products That -We and Our Pets- Breathe and Touch
We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day, so if toxins are contained in that air, we will be inhaling them along with the air. Most of us have grown up using various cleaning products and don’t normally think of them as containing toxins.
However, conventional cleaning products are often major contributors to the toxicity of your home. They are the only household products that are regulated under the 1960 Federal Hazardous Substances Labeling Act. It is difficult to determine exactly how hazardous cleaning products are, since manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients.
But many cleaning products include chlorine, ammonia. artificial fragrances, detergents and many more ingredients that are known or suspected to be toxic to the human body.
The following is just a few of the common cleaning product ingredients, possible side effects and some of the products these ingredients can be found in:
(And Please Don’t Forget about Our Best Friends, Our Faithful Pets that these toxic ingredients come into contact with when they are used in our homes.)
Cleaning Product Ingredients
Found in glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, disinfectants and more.
Can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory passages
Very toxic when inhaled in concentrated form
Can affect ecosystems leading to adverse effects to plants, animals and fish
Found in body care, cosmetics, cleaning products such as laundry detergents and more
Derived in large part from petrochemicals
Some are carcinogenic, and others contain or release formaldehyde
Often cause headaches, skin irritation, nausea and allergies
Found in bleached paper products, such as paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Also found in dishwasher detergent, laundry bleach, tub and tile cleaners and more.
One of today’s most heavily used chemicals
This toxic chemical causes the most poisonings in our homes each year in the U.S.
In 1993, the American Public Health Association passed a resolution urging the American industry to stop using chlorine.
There is growing evidence that chlorinated drinking water causes bladder and rectal cancer
Chlorine can irritate the lungs, damage skin, eyes and other membranes
Chlorine is listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as a hazardous air pollutant
Petroleum Distillates (toluene, xylene and benzene)
Found in laundry stain removers, pesticides, furniture polish and other home cleaners.
Skin, respiratory and eye irritant
Can lead to brain damage
Many petroleum distillates are carcinogenic
Found in laundry detergents, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners and furniture polish.
Can cause swelling and hives
Internal consumption very toxic
Believe it or not, there are many non-toxic natural cleaners out on the market today that do as good a job or better than many of their more toxic counterparts.
You can reduce your exposure to the dangerous chemicals listed above by using these
more natural cleaning products. You don’t have to change everything overnight.
Try replacing just one of your cleaning products with a natural one next time you run out.
So, in conclusion, although it is very important to eat natural and organic food, and drink clean water, it is also very important to use natural body care and cleaning products, because these are products that we absorb through our skin and breathe from the air.
We have so much exposure to toxins these days that any way we can reduce that toxic load can’t help but be healthy for our bodies, as well as for the earth.
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Lisa is certified in 7 different areas of natural wellness and holds a degree in Transformational Psychology. She is the founder of Lifeshare University of Healing, LLC, and the Published Author of Nine Amethyst Angels Self Help Book and the Personal Development CD Series "A Life from Roses to Lilies, Back to Seed.