Why Worry About Your Skin?

Your skin is much more than a wrap to keep you from sliding down into a puddle of formless bio-goo. It is your body's largest organ. You might not be aware of the many protective functions your skin serves. Consider that your skin:

  1. Protects your internal organs from injury and infection and is your primary and most important defense against infections.
  2. Helps eliminate wastes through perspiration.
  3. Assists your immune system by providing a protective barrier to viruses and bad bacteria, thus preventing infections.
  4. Provides a friendly habitat for good bacteria.
  5. Helps maintain body temperature by controlling heat flow between you and your environment.
  6. Seals in moisture, maintaining your body's delicate fluid balance.
  7. Produces vitamin D, which is crucial for your health.
  8. Sends sensory feedback to your brain because it is rich in receptors, such as hard/soft and hot/cold, so that you can react to dangerous conditions around you.

Your skin is vital to your health, yet many people fail to take care of it. Because your skin has the ability to absorb much of what you put on it, informed choices are critical to optimize your health. You should give your skin the same thoughtful care you give your diet, because much of what goes ON you ends up going IN you.

AVOID MINERAL OIL!

Mate­r­ial Safety Data Sheet for Min­eral Oil

Tox­i­col­ogy – may be harm­ful by inhala­tion, inges­tion and through skin absorp­tion. Irritant.

Per­sonal Pro­tec­tion – safety glasses, suit­able ventilation.

The British Insti­tute for Allergy & Envi­ron­men­tal Ther­apy: Min­eral Oil Petro­leum Deriv­a­tive on Beauty Prod­ucts by Kit Anderson

Min­eral oil (classed as a petro­chem­i­cal pol­lu­tant and xeno­hor­mone) can have neg­a­tive effects on hor­mones and the skin’s abil­ity to breathe, attract mois­ture and detox­ify. It can also slow down cell renewal and be the sec­ond (after the sun) most likely cause of pre­ma­ture ag­ing. In fact sun screens pro­duced from min­eral oil may pro­mote skin can­cer as well as colon and breast can­cer. How­ever, no cos­metic man­u­fac­tur­ers put health warn­ings on their prod­ucts and in the US, the FDA does not require this infor­ma­tion to be on packaging.

Min­eral oil is just one of the harm­ful ingre­di­ents that are used in prod­ucts found in the home – bub­ble bath, body­wash, sham­poo, soap, facial cleanser and deter­gents. Oth­ers include: SD40 alco­hol, talc, DEA, MEA and TEA (foam­ing agents), arti­fi­cial fra­grances, arti­fi­cial colour pig­ments, poly­eth­yl­ene gly­col and triclosan.

Oprah did a show revealing the dangers of mineral oil. The show was about things we take for granted but can harm or kill us. The show opened with an 18 month old baby who died from baby oil. Oprah never showed the name of the com­pany but as you and I know, what com­pany has the baby mar­ket. The baby opened the bot­tle and the oil ended up all over the him. The father imme­di­ately bathed the baby; how­ever, that wasn’t enough. The baby oil was min­eral oil. The fam­ily was repeat­edly told by their doc­tor that it was the baby’s asthma and con­tin­u­ally treated for that but to no avail. The mother finally took the baby to children’s hos­pi­tal and the doc­tor treated the baby for min­eral oil inhala­tion. Min­eral oil has hydro­car­bons and that was trapped in the baby’s lungs and he died from aspi­ra­tion. The good news as a result of the mother’s loss, she man­aged to change leg­is­la­tion and forced the man­u­fac­tures to make the bot­tles tam­per resis­tant. The bad news was, it's still min­eral oil!!

 

AVOID PROPYLENE GLYCOL!

Propylene glycol (PG) is used in liquid foundation, spray deodorants, moisturizers, lipsticks, suntan lotions, shampoos and conditioners, baby wipes, and more. Strangely enough, you’ll also find it in your antifreeze, brake and hydraulic fluid, floor wax, and paints.

PG comes from propylene, which is a chemical produced as a side effect of petroleum refining. Yes, I’m talking about real petroleum, or crude oil obtained through oil drilling. It can also be manufactured from natural gas.

From propylene, chemists can create a variety of products, including polypropylene (used in plastics), and propylene oxide, from which we get propylene glycol.

Like mineral oil, which I wrote about earlier, PG forms a sort of seal over your skin, preventing the escape of water. (Note that it doesn’t add any moisture to your skin.) Meanwhile, it attracts and draws moisture from the lower layers into the top layer, helping your skin appear smooth and soft. Great for a short time, but as you use more and more, those lower layers gradually dry out. Your skin appears dull, exacerbating the look of any fine lines or wrinkles.

PG also tends to sit on the surface of skin after you rinse it, dissolving the fats and oils your skin needs to stay nourished. Your skin reacts by becoming parched and dry and requiring more applications of moisturizer, which make skin dryer, requiring more moisture. It’s a vicious cycle.

One more thing: According to the Material Safety Data Sheet on propylene glycol, the chemical is a strong skin irritant, and has been implicated in contact dermatitis. The sheet goes on to warn that the ingredient can inhibit skin cell growth and damage cell membranes, causing rashes, dry skin, and surface damage.

Does this sound like something to help improve the health and appearance of your skin?

 

Avoid Parabens!

Parabens, man-made preservative chemicals, are used by manufacturers in a variety of domestic products, such as cosmetics, lotions and moisturizers, shampoo, shaving, and tanning products. Parabens are cost-effective and provide protection against micro-organisms for an extended period of time. While there are multiple types of parabens, methyl, propyl and butylparaben are the most frequently used in beauty products. In recent years, concern has increased as to their role in producing potentially serious health side effects.

According to Costmeticsinfo.org, data indicate that methyl, propyl, and butyl forms of parabens interfere with the functioning of the endocrine system. Specifically, parabens are endocrine disruptors stored in the body tissue that interfere with glandular activity and hormone production. Moreover, these preservative chemicals are associated with the following in infants and children: developmental disorders, dysfunction of the immune system, learning problems as well as reproductive disorders.

Premature Aging

Ironically, while several of the commercial products that contain parabens are beauty products that are supposed to enhance the skin, such as lotions and moisturizers, research has found they accelerate the skin aging process. As reported by live-naturally.co.uk, researchers from the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan found that the methyl type of parabens increases sensitivity to and damage from the sun; that is, when exposed to ultraviolet rays, skin cells die at a much faster rate than normal. Therefore, one should read the ingredients to check for methylparabens before buying beauty products for the skin.

Pseudo-Estrogen Effects

In 2004, findings from a study published in the "Journal of Applied Toxicology" were released indicating that parabens may play a role in the development of certain types of breast cancer. Specifically, parabens act like estrogen, which may increase the risk of women developing estrogen-positive breast cancer. Researchers conducted tests on 20 different samples of human breast tumors, which revealed parabens to be present in each sample. This study was the first to indicate the seeping of these substances from the outer skin during application to underlying tissue. Additionally, the fact that parabens mimic natural estrogen is of special concern because estrogen can trigger and drive the growth of estrogen-positive breast tumors. These findings do not mean a specific cause-effect relationship exists; much more research is needed to determine the role of parabens.

Male Reproductive Effects

In addition to this chemical’s estrogen-like effects in women, parabens also have been associated with adversely interfering with the male reproductive system. According to live-naturally.co.uk, findings from several studies have reported low sperm counts as well as decreased levels of testosterone in men, and it was concluded that these results were related to the absorption of parabens in commercial products

 

As you can see from the above information, the causes of many skin issues become clear.  Couple that with a high PH level and you have a recipe for disaster. Please change your healthy by using only food grade organic products and avoid any products with the below ingredients:

 

• Parabens -- Synthetic preservatives that are potential endocrine disrupters
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate -- Harsh cleansing agent that can potentially damage the lipid layer of your skin and cause irritation
• Petrolatum/Mineral Oil/Paraffin -- Non-renewable byproducts of crude oil with potentially dangerous impurities
• Chemical Sunscreens (Avobenzone/Oxybenzone) -- Synthetic sunscreens that get absorbed and potentially disrupt hormone balance
• Glycols -- Petroleum derived synthetic chemicals that can potentially draw other chemicals into the bloodstream
• Phthalates -- Synthetic fragrance components that are potential toxins
• Ethoxylated ingredients like Sodium Myreth Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEGs or PPGs -- Ingredients that are made in part with the petrochemical ethylene oxide, that results in 1,4 Dioxane as a trace contaminant, classified as a possible carcinogen
• Ethanolamines like MEA/DEA/TEA -- Foam and viscosity boosting ingredients that can interact with other ingredients to form nitrosamines, a known carcinogen
• Synthetic polymers (PVP/ Acrylates) - Synthetic stabilisers that may contain residual PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons); most widespread organic pollutant
• Formaldehyde Donors (DMDM Hydantoin/ Diazolidinyl Urea/ Methylisothiazolinone) -- Preservatives that work by releasing formaldehyde

Look for the following types (or classes):
• Synthetic Silicone Ingredients
• Synthetic Preservatives
• Compounds with "ethoxylate", "PEG" or the suffix "-eth" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "sarcosinate" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "MEA", "DEA" or "TEA" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "taurate" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "sultaine" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with Sulfosuccinate in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "PPG" in the ingredient name

Specific ingredients to avoid. Read all labels:

Look for the following types (or classes):
• Synthetic Silicone Ingredients
• Synthetic Preservatives
• Compounds with "ethoxylate", "PEG" or the suffix "-eth" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "sarcosinate" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "MEA", "DEA" or "TEA" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "taurate" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "sultaine" in the ingredient name
• Compounds with Sulfosuccinate in the ingredient name
• Compounds with "PPG" in the ingredient name

Specific ingredients to avoid. Read all labels:
• Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
• Amodimethicone
• Butylene glycol
• Ceteareth-20
• Cetrimonium Chloride
• Coco DEA
• Cyclopentasiloxane
• Diazolidinyl Urea
• EthylHexylGlycerin
• Glycereth-7 Cocoate
• Isoceteth 20
• Isopropyl Palmitate
• Lauramide MEA
• Lauryl DEA
• Methoxycinnamate
• Olefin Sulfonate
• Oleyl Betaine
• Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, etc.)
• PEG-150 Distearate
• PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate
• Polyquaternium 10
• Propylene Glycol
• Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
• Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate
• Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
• Sodium Lauryl Carboxylate
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate
• Sodium Myreth Sulfate
• Sodium PCA or Na PCA (pyrrolidone carbonic acid)
• Soyamidopropalkonium Chloride
• Stearamidopropyl Dimethyl Amine

Avoid companies that allow the testing of their products or any of its ingredients on animals!

 

 

warning, dangerous chemicals are found in most of your cosmetic products!

Most of the big cosmetic companies put a conglomeration of water, mineral oil and alcohol and call it face cream.  They offer you a soap for your skin that has a PH high enough to burn!  They add ingredients strategically designed to "feel good" on your skin, while knowing it will just dry it out... so, you will need more and more.  In fact, at this very writing, today it was announced internationally that one of the key ingredients those same companies use in their "moisturizing lotions" is actually CAUSING ECZEMA and CREATING A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC! 

Guess what the first ingredient is in every cream or lotion you may have used… WATER!  Right!  The cheapest ingredient on earth.  How much does water help your hands when you do the dishes?  Dries them out by taking away the natural oils right?  That’s why we don’t use it.  Guess what the 2nd cheapest ingredient in most lotions is?  MINERAL OIL which is a by-product of PETROLUEM and which has been linked to cancer. WE USE NONE OF THOSE CHEAP PETROLEUM PRODUCTS BECAUSE THEY DRY YOUR SKIN AND CLOG YOUR PORES.  And no alcohol, no fragrance and no animal testing and of course… no harsh preservatives like parabens. Go to our information page and read more about the ingredients and side effects found in most common cosmetic products.