Being mindful to what we put in our body – the foods we ingest – is the number one component we can control when it comes to our health.
However, let’s consider how mindful we with what we put on our body… on our skin.
Just about everything that contacts our skin has a physical effect, either positive or negative.
Our skin in our largest organ and our greatest protector.
As wonderful as our skin is at protecting us, harsh and harmful organisms can still find their way in.
In my opinion, what we put on our skin is as important as what we put in our body.
Dermal absorption is the transport of a chemical from the outer surface of the skin both into the skin and into the body. Studies show that absorption of chemicals through the skin can occur without it being noticed, and in some cases, may represent the most significant exposure pathway.Center for disease control and Prevention (CDC)
What goes on the skin goes into the body.
Lotions, oils, serums, sunscreens, cosmetics, essential oils, cleansers, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, cologne, perfume, etc.
Your favorite body moisturizer may make your skin feel soft and smell lovely, however if it contains artificial fragrance it could create skin sensitivities, immune toxicity and hormonal disruption.
Nail polish remover, dish detergents, cleaning supplies, gasoline, bleach, laundry detergents, furniture polish, paint, toxic gardening chemicals.
An endless list. And sadly, it’s sometimes difficult to avoid coming in contact with some offenders.
1. Between skin cells
2. Through skin cells
3. Through hair follicles
With the rise of “natural” and “clean” skin care, we’ve also seen an increase in “green washing”.
Green washing is falsely and knowingly labeling a product organic or natural when it contains harmful ingredients.
This strategy is used to trick consumers, so be mindful and check the ingredient list to be sure you are avoiding dangerous ingredients.
Choosing to purchase and use safe and healthy products takes additional diligence on the part of the consumer. If this is something that speaks to you, I have provided a list of ingredients to avoid.
My personal favorite skin care line is Éminence Organics.
Éminence is full of potent plant actives and organic goodness, and deliver results that speak for themselves.
To learn more about the benefits of using organic skin care products, please click on the secure link below for full descriptions of each and every product or to purchase products directly from Éminence and have them arrive straight to your door.
© pamela sander 2022, skin & soul holistic wellness