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Could You EAT Your Lotion? Skin Care Safety.

beth April 9, 2013

Skin Care Safety

Everyone at one point in their life has had much to-do over their skin. Be it acne, blemishes, age spots, or just wanting to be as tan as the person next to you we”ve all been there. This usually sends us out in search of products to reach those goals – and the number of possible products to choose from is insane and growing. While this month is DIY month and we are teaching you all about making your own products I wanted to take today out to explain why it was so important to do so – or to read your labels.

Your Largest Organ

The largest organ on your body is your skin. It holds you together while keeping everything important in and harmful things out.  Your skin is a reflection of what is happening on the inside. Problems often show themselves to us through our skin demonstrating how extremely connected our body is. We have to consider that the products we use every day on our skin are having an effect on our health just like those we put in our stomachs.  We absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin – so if we are putting on toxic product those toxins are being taken in. With this being the case we want to put the most natural ingredient possible into our body.

Could You Eat Your Lotion?

Many of us are conscious of what we put in our bodies. We read the labels on our food and drink products to make sure they come from safe sources contain safe ingredients, and we stay away from chemicals and additives. Do you read the back of your lotion bottle? What about your makeup? Laundry detergent and bath wash?

Some Ingredients To Avoid:

  • Dioxin – Often found online casino in anti-bacterial products. It causes nervous system disorders, reduced immunity, and cancer.
  • Sodium Lauryl – Used in liquid soap, toothpaste, bubble bath, Landry  soap (Keep in mind what you use in your laundry touch your skin for hours), and more.  Known skin irritant, hormone disruptor, and carcinogen.
  • Parabens – Often used as a preservative in deodorants. Can attribute to breast cancer and hormone issues in males and females.
  • FD&C Color Pigments – Made from coal tar these are synthetic colors that contain deposit toxins in the skin. Carcinogenic.
  • Benzoyl Peroxide – Common ingredient in acne products. This is toxic by inhalation and is thought to cause DNA damage.
  • Most Artificial Fragrances – While artificial fragrances can be made up of different things the products they are made of are just that – artificial. Many disrupt hormones and are carcinogenic.

This is just a small list of a few very popular ones. Go grab a bottle of your kids bubble bath (or lotion, or other mainstream product) and take a look at what the ingredients are you might be shocked. I know I was at one point. The hard part is that many of the products that are popular and thought or advertised as safe and gentle are the culprits.

So What Can I Do?

  1. Read Your Labels
    Read your labels and make yourself familiar with what ingredients your just not comfortable with your family using. Faze these out for more natural options. If you can’t afford to replace everything in your house start with the ones you use most often. Look for ingredients like beeswax, shea butter (unless your allergic to latex), cocoa butter and other things that you know come from natural products. If you don”t know do some research. 
  2. Make Your Own
    Making your own product is crazy easy. While it might seem daunting at first there are so many resources out there these days for you to turn to. The Modern Alternative Sister Sites have a ton of tutorials and options available and we are always willing to make something upon reader request.  Check your local groups such as farmers markets – I know mine offer things like soap making a few times a year.  Check out books from your library. The best perk to this besides your health? You save a TON.
  3. Buy Local
    If you go out looking you might be surprised who you find locally that makes soaps, lotions, natural makeup, and a whole array of skincare. Farmers markets and local stores are great places to start. By buying local your also helping to support your community. 
  4. Shop Online
    If you look around and can”t seem to find anything local there are some great options online. Ask in a natural group and you should be able to be pointed to dozens of options.
  5. Know Better, Do Better
    This has become a common saying in the natural community and I love it. We all do what we can and in our own time. You don”t have to throw out every bad product in your home. Just start researching. Start learning. Slowly start moving your family to healthier practices.

Do You Use Natural Skincare Products? Which ones?

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3 Comments

  1. […] tell you these do at least once a day (often twice or thrice) is brushing their teeth. Just as with skin care products the quality of the toothpaste you use is very important to your overall health. The ingredients […]

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  2. […] and disturbed thyroid function after finding UV-filters in urine and breast milk. Our skin is our largest organ. We absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin – so if we are putting on toxic products those […]

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  3. This was very helpful and REALISTIC! Thank you! I don’t generally use natural products right now, simply due to cost. I understand skin absorption, but am focusing more on foods without all the junk. That being said, most of the personal care products I buy are free of parabens, dioxin, and benzol peroxide. I am NOT going to obsess over or worry about every little ingredient, so I prioritize based on my own research and what I feel are the most important things for my family to have less exposure to. For example, deodorant/antiperspirant, I know there are bad things in it, but we are not going to stop using it. I sweat like a pig and can’t go to work with body odor and/or wet armpit circles. Instead, I try to reduce exposure from other things. I have done a lot of label reading and have been very successful at finding things without those 3 ingredients (Suave, Target generic brand, Burt’s Bees). If there is a product that is free of artificial dyes at a similar price point, I will choose it over the one with dyes. I also try to buy stuff with a shorter list of ingredients (like 15 or less vs. 25+). One treasure I have found is “free” lip balm at our dentist’s office… it is made of all natural stuff and we love it 🙂 Like you said, “baby steps” are the key!

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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