Skin Matters

 

 

Go get an aspirin. Put it in your palm with a few drops of water. Close your hand tight. Count the minutes until you taste aspirin in your mouth.

Now do you realize how easily some chemicals slip into the body through the skin?

Our skin protects, contains our insides, is a big part of our heat regulation system, makes sensation possible, is responsible for the synthesis and storage of vitamin D, is a blood reservoir, and is our means of excreting unwanted substances through our sweat.

In order of the fastest to slowest areas of absorption rates on the body

  • Scrotal
  • Forehead
  • Armpit
  • Scalp
  • Back and Abdomen
  • Palms and Soles of feet

Nearly all molecules penetrate the very outer surface layer of skin to some degree. Not every thing is capable of reaching the bloodstream through the skin. Chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate break down the skins natural lipid (oil) barrier and make it easier for other chemicals to enter in.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ( known by many other names) is in thousands of cosmetic and cleaning products. Even though it is made from coconuts it is not a natural chemical. The process used to make sls contaminates it with a carcinogenic by product.

Did you know that if you use conventional cosmetics on a daily basis, you can absorb almost 5 lbs of chemicals and toxins into your body?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

We soak them up from shampoos, body washes, toothpastes, deodorant etc.

Those chemicals stay and build up over time, because we are not designed to take on such a toxic load through our skin. We have no built in way to break these things down.

These harmful chemicals cause a huge range of diseases and damage our body’s ability to heal itself.

If you’d like to make a healthy change in your life, go to  Enviromental Working Group Guides and the Think Dirty app to check the ratings on the products you use already.

Don’t get overwhelmed! Start where you are with what you have to work with. Maybe make a goal to swap out 1 harmful chemical laden product for a more natural alternative every week. If the cleanest rated products are out of your price range, shoot for just lower than what you already have.

I have swapped out many things over the years, but I still have work to do!

Fortunately for us there are companies out there that offer healthy products.

Keep checking back for an upcoming posts on what,why and how I’ve swapped my yucky products with healthful ones.

Thanks for reading!!!

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