The culprit, you ask? Harmful chemicals, corporate greed and carelessness.
To capitalize on this trend, some of the larger food companies are jumping on the band wagon and providing organic options. I, like you, asked myself, “What about cosmetics?”
Did you know that the FDA does not review, or regulate, what goes into cosmetics before they are marketed for salon and customer use? In fact, eighty-nine percent of all ingredients in cosmetics have not been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution.
When it comes to living a healthy and natural lifestyle, what you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body. Your skin is the largest organ of the body. The countless number of pores absorbs the products you apply. It takes just 26 seconds for a product applied to the skin to enter the bloodstream—that’s it!
Chemicals can, and do, penetrate your skin.
Consider nicotine and birth control patches for a moment. Once the patches are adhered to the skin, effective doses of chemicals are administered into the bloodstream. Many experts agree absorption through the skin is far more dangerous than ingestion, and here’s why. When we eat something it is absorbed into the digestive system and is processed by the kidneys and liver. Enzymes break down the particle and often detoxify it. Substances absorbed through the skin do NOT go through this process before entering your bloodstream.
Perhaps the most alarming are the studies of umbilical cord blood. Though many chemicals were found in cord blood, the most disturbing were the number that came directly from skin care products. The findings provide hard evidence that U.S. infants are contaminated with toxic chemicals used in cosmetics. Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Rachel’s Network have detected synthetic fragrance chemicals for the first time in the umbilical cord blood of U.S. newborns.
Did you know?
- Your forearm and the palms of your hands can absorb twice as much of any liquid, as compared to the skin on the back of your hand or your abdomen.
- The scalp, skin around the jaw, and the skin behind the ear absorb four times as much.
- When it comes to your armpits and genitalia, the 64% absorbency goes up to 100%. So think twice about what deodorants, feminine products and personal lubricants you’re using!
- Children’s bodies can absorb up to 40-50% more than adults. Imagine what that chemical absorption can do to them in adulthood.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage.Other studies found the face to be several times more permeable than broad body surfaces and an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia. Another peer-reviewed study showed 100% absorption for fragrance ingredients.
Petroleum derivatives, preservatives, synthetic fragrances and dyes go by many names. A few examples of common ingredients to steer clear of are Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Luaroyl Sarcosinate, Potassium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sulfates, Parabens, and Phenoxyethanol.
Once these dangerous chemicals are absorbed into our bodies and blood streams, they can cause cancers, developmental & reproductive toxicity, allergies, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, biochemical or cellular level changes, endocrine (hormonal) disruption, organ system toxicity, and irritation of the skin, eyes, or lungs. Some chemicals can even cause enhanced skin absorption, making your skin absorb even more chemicals.
(credit goes to Skin Deep for this information!)
Today is the day to start caring… to start making a difference in your household. From the food you eat, to the products you use on your skin. I promise to teach you… one ingredient at a time.
Peace, Love,…. and GRACE,
Tempal Grace Hitt