1. Your Skin and Body Absorb What you Put on Them
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.
2. The Planet is Being Polluted
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.
3. We are Exposed to so Many Chemicals Everyday
The average woman’s beauty routine is exposing her to 100’s of 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 products, but on average men use 6 products a day, making them exposed to up to 80 chemicals a day.
We would be so much better off if we could lower this number significantly.
4. Chemicals aren’t Regulated in Skin Care Products
The beauty and skin care industry is highly unregulated, with claims, labels and ingredients lists being very deceptive. Ingredients can be omitted from the list if they fall under “trade secrets” (such as with the term fragrance), companies do not have to test for safety, and only 11 ingredients have been banned in the US for safety concerns while the EU has banned over 1000.
5. These Chemicals are Reeking Havoc on your Endocrine System
Phtalates and Parabens are known endocrine disruptors. Over-consumption can lead to reproductive troubles. UV filters added to products can delay puberty and affect reproductive organs.
6. Your Skin Care Contains Chemicals that Contribute to Cancer
Many chemicals in personal care products have been shown to increase the risk of cancer. Parabens have been found it breast cancer tissue. Formaldehyde – a know carcinogen is lurking in many personal care products.
7. Unborn Babies are Being Exposed
One study showed that exposure to parabens and triclosan in utero may disrupt the growth of boys. Another studyshowed prenatal phthalate exposure impairs testicular function in boys.
8. Natural Products Work Better
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.
9. Simple is Best
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.