Taking Care of Your Skin The Natural Way
What you put on your skin is SO important. Our skin absorbs so much more than we could ever imagine, so when we slather ourselves in all those chemical-filled creams and lotions, we may actually be causing damage, and not just to our skin, but to the rest of our body. Now I am not necessarily referring to the medicated topicals – that is very different and many need them for actual health reasons, but I am talking about those lotions and cosmetic products that just have the longest list of chemicals, artificial dyes and preservatives, and other probably unnecessary additives. Just as we tend to read the labels in the grocery store, we should get into the habit of reading labels on the back of our skincare products. You would be shocked with what you find! We already breathe in so many chemicals, especially those that live in big cities, so why not at least make a small change in our skincare routines and prevent unnecessary exposure!
The Environmental Working Group states that between skincare products and cosmetics, the average woman applies around 168 ingredients daily to her skin. Many of these are chemicals that penetrate the skin and have the potential to cause biological damage and disrupt many healthy processes in the body. This is not a scare tactic but just the simple truth. So what can we do? Stop using our favorite brands of skincare and cosmetics? Not at all. But what we can do, is try to switch up even some of our skincare routines in an effort to live more healthfully and consciously and protect our skin – which happens to be our largest and most visible organs.
Some of the ingredients to look out for include: BHA, Parabens, and Phthalates which are all major hormone disruptors! Try to avoid anything with artificial colors, dyes, and preservatives. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, LOOK IT UP! And remember, just because something is “FDA Approved” does not mean that it is good or safe for you. Use this handy tool from the Environmental Working Group to do your own research about the products you have or want to purchase: www.ewg.org/skindeep. As for what is considered a good ingredient: anything that reads natural, organic, vegan is generally considered safe. Of course don’t go throwing away all your products, but next time you shop, look at the ingredients a little more closely and then make an informed decision!
Source: Environmental Working Group: Exposures add up – Survey results. 2004. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2004/06/15/exposures-add-up-survey-results/#.W1YDbdhKhE4