What an irony this is, considering that the majority of these products contain chemicals that can irritate your skin and ultimately lead to cancer. The desire for women to look their best isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Luckily for us there are safer, more natural companies popping up to give us what we want beauty without the risk.
Our skin absorbs some of what gets put on it. How much actually gets absorbed is up for debate, some say it is up to 60%, others say very little will make it to our bloodstream. Either way, I don’t want to put chemicals on my skin.We also ingest products through the mouth as with lipsticks. Sprays and powders can be inhaled. Hand creams can be ingested when we eat with our hands.Sticking to plant-based, natural products will reduce your toxic chemical load.
Not only is skin care affecting us, it is also affecting the planet. Plastic bottles are filling landfills, phtalates in personal care products make their way into the water, affecting the reproductive health of the fish population. Nano-particles also disrupt the marine environment as they get washed into our lakes, rivers and streams.
The average woman’s beauty routine is exposing her to 100’s different chemicals every day. From shampoo, to hair spray, make-up, face wash, lotions – this is literally staggering if you add it all up. Men are exposed to less of these p products, but on average men use 6 products a day, making them exposed to up 80 chemicals . We would be so much better off if we could lower this number significantly.
Many chemicals in personal care products have been shown to increase the risk of cancer. Parabens have been found it breast cancer tissue. One study showed that exposure to parabens and triclosan in utero may disrupt the growth of boys. Another study showed prenatal phthalate exposure impairs testicular function in boys.
Your body can better use and metabolize natural substances. Nature makes things whole and complex, science dissects and separates. Whole substances contain everything they need to be effective, chemicals that have been isolated can confuse the body.
Natural ingredients are effective, they nourish and sustain rather than burden and deplete. Using products that only contain a few ingredients, or making your own products creates a simpler life. If you have a reaction to something, it is easy to isolate the cause. Keeping things simple can reduce your cost and the amount of waste you produce.