Skin is our largest bodily organ for removing waste, and acting as our first line of defence against infection. What we put on it that can be absorbed internally can affect our health & well being in both positive and negative ways. Many products on the commercial market contain products derived from petroleum (yes that stuff that goes in the car) which can weaken the natural functions of the skin, making it prone to infection and not allowing toxins to escape thereby polluting the body from within.
Each day we use products that we believe to be totally safe when in effect we could slowly be poisoning our bodies over time. In some instances, chemicals used in products have not been tested to monitor the effects of long term use on the bodies of humans. In a typical day, we may be exposed to over 2000 different chemicals, which could potentially be cancer causing, and also be playing havoc with our hormones. So let's have a look at some of the more common chemicals found in skincare products.
alcohol, isopropyl (SD-40)
An irritant, dehydrating solvent that strips the skin of it's natural oils and diminishes our resistance to infection. A petroleum derivative widely used in soaps, shampoos, fragrances etc. It is also found in antifreeze for your car! It may promote brown spotting of the skin and premature ageing of the skin. Studies have shown that this ingredient may be the cause of depression, headaches, vomitting, bouts of dizziness.
DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine)
Thought to be instrumental in disrupting our hormones causing the creation of cancer causing nitrates. Due to this carcinogenic effect, their use is restricted in Europe but products imported from the USA may still contain them.
DMDM hydantion & urea (imidazolidinyl)
Preservatives that often release formaldehyde which can cause joint pain, skin irritations, allergies, depression, chest pain, chronic fatigue & insomnia. Exposure can also affect the respiratory system, cause asthma, heart palpitations. Other possible side effects include weakening the immune system and creation of cancer.