By now everyone knows that the skin is the largest organ on the body. It is one of the most versatile of the organs. It’s our first line of defense against external hardships such as extreme temperatures, harmful UVA UVB rays, and pollutants like chemicals and toxins. The skin is also a doorway. It allows moisture to be retained and sweat to be secreted…nourishment and elimination. It was divinely designed to renew itself… ‘Out with the old in with the new!’
BUT…What is ‘in with the new?’ As your skin is regenerating itself, what is it renewing itself
with? Is there something harmful lurking in your skin care products?
Did you know that according to The Environmental Working Group (EWG) women are exposed to at least 146 chemicals in the beauty products they apply each day?! Many of these chemicals are hormone disrupting toxins that have also been linked to cause cancer. YUCK! The pursuit of beauty is never worth the risk of cancer!!
Here is one toxin to watch out for: Synthetic Fragrance
Synthetic Fragrances AKA: “Natural Fragrance” are made with petrochemical-based oils. These chemicals, namely Phthalates, are found in soap, lotion, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, and perfume.
The Health Warning:
Phthalates have been shown to cause birth defects, reproductive impairments, and liver damage in lab animals. In most fragrances there are over 5000 toxins and irritants causing our bodies an array of problems. Headaches, dizziness, nausea and respiratory problems are the most common. Recently, Phthalates have been linked to hormone disruption, low sperm count, sexual abnormalities and deformities. An in depth article on Phthalates can be found there www.health-report.co.uk.
Terms to watch out for:
Fragrance derived from Natural source
diethyl phthalate (DEP)
Did you know?
“When a recent EWG study tested 20 teen girls aged 14-19, at least two dangerous chemicals were present in a sample from each teen. Furthermore, the teens had an average of 13 hormone-altering cosmetic chemicals in their bodies.”-EcoMom
What to do?
Our skin absorbs 60% of any topical product we use! Choose natural Organic skin care products whenever possible.
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