Organic skincare: What a mum should know for herself

Your Skin

As women, most of the time we only consider the aesthetic aspect of our skin. Great skin gives us a confidence boost and helps up feel good about ourselves. But there are many other aspects of skincare that should be considered when choosing the right products for our daily use.

The skin is often largely underrated when it comes to our overall health. When we think of health we think of our heart, our kidneys and probably our diets. But what we often forget to consider is that the skin is the largest gateway to our body and what we put on our skin gets absorbed and ends up inside the body with great effect. When you unknowingly apply toxins and harsh chemicals to your skin you are actually ‘suffocating’ your skin.. Your skin cannot breathe freely and your body has a hard time expelling toxins from the body through your skin.

 

Not just skin deep

Your skin performs many important tasks other than just being an attractive cover for the body. There are many responsibilities that are tasked to your skin and believe it or not, these tasks all pertain to your health and well being. If your skin is kept healthy then it can perform these tasks more effectively and ultimately help keep
you healthy.

 

Your skin:

  • Protects your internal organs from injury and infection
  • Plays a detoxifying role in your body through perspiration
  • Absorbs and excretes nutrients and toxins through
    the pores
  • Helps to control the temperature of your body
  • Both produces and stores the vitamin D that it synthesizes from exposure to the sun (Vitamin D
    is crucial to your immune system)
  • Contains many receptors that send information to your brain so you can react promptly to situations
  • Protects the body from dehydration

 

If you wont eat it…

Consider some of the products that you put on your skin. Would you put this same ingredient in your mouth? For most of us, the answer is a definite no. However, if you stop to think for a moment, these ingredients  in your skincare products are metabolised by the skin and whether you like it or not, they end up in your bloodstream and body tissues. In other words, if you did not want to eat it for whatever reason in the first place, you would be still letting them into your body by slathering it onto your skin.

 

Be ingredient savvy!

The following ingredients have been singled out for their detrimental effects on the body. Make sure your skincare does not contain any of these.

  • Mineral oils, paraffin, or petrolatum – Names you might have read over and over again on your skincare labels. These oil and petroleum substances coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which will in time accumulate and can lead to dermatologic problems. In fact, they end up slowing down cellular development, prompting early signs of aging. Beats the purpose of skincare, doesn’t it?
  • Parabens – Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities (mimicking estrogen) and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.
  • Acrylamide – A popular substance in hand and face creams. Research has shown that acrylamide is inked to mammary tumors.
  • Phenol carbolic acid – Present in many lotions and skin creams, the substance is known to cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even fatal respiratory failure.Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.
  • Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) – 
    This substance that is found in countless personal care products is the same substance that is found in car wash products and engine degreasers! SLS is notoriously known to dry out the skin, making it easily penetratable by other  chemicals. Whats’s worse, when combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine” which is a potent class of carcinogen. It has also been linked to hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived”.
  • Toluene – Dangerous and easily absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
  • Dioxane – This synthetic derivative of coconut is found in compounds known as “PEG,” “polyethylene,” “polyethylene glycol,” “polyoxyethylene,” “polyethoxyethylene,” or “polyoxynolethylene”. Exposure to Dioxane can result in liver and kidney damage and death. Dioxane is easily absorbed through the skin.

At the end of the day, going organic simply means becoming a wise and conscious consumer. It is not an easy task to seek out pure and natural skincare products as giant companies are constantly enticing you with their ‘beautiful poisons’ all disguised in attractive packaging with convincing promises of beauty and well-being. It’s time to open your eyes and wise up for your own good and that of your family.

 

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