Organic skin care
The skin is the largest eliminatory organ in the human body. It is a two way membrane. Toxins are eliminated through the skin via perspiration and absorbed into the body via hair follicles and sebaceous glands. A human being has 65 hairs and 100 sebaceous glands in one square inch of skin and if a chemical compound is put on the skin, it gets absorbed.
Most scientists agree at least 80% of the 200 different types of cancer known today are related to toxins and carcinogens from synthetic and toxic chemicals.
Ingredients to avoid
Apply these chemicals to your skin, they enter your bloodstream and become integrated into your body tissues
Potentially harmful ingredients continue to be used. Why? Because they are cheap, readily available, and easily diluted
Some products are advertising hormones, which are supposed to make your skin re-gain that youthful (no wrinkles) look – but more often than not these ‘hormones’ are artificial or synthetic and may well cause problems with the hormonal balance of the body.
- Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum – Petroleum products that coat the skin like plastic, clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues. Slows cellular development, which can cause you to show earlier signs of aging. Suspected cause of cancer. Disruptive of hormonal activity. By the way, when there’s an oil spill in the ocean, don’t they rush to clean it up – fast? Why put that stuff on your skin?
- Parabens – Widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.
- Phenol carbolic acid– Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
- Propylene glycol – Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.
- Acrylamide– Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.
- Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)– Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived”.
- Toluene – Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
- Dioxane– Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin.
Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”. Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”.
Ingredients to look for in organic skin care products
- Aloe Vera Juice
- Virgin Coconut Oil
- Organic Jojoba Oil
- Organic Shea Butter
- Organic Mango Butter
- Natural Palm Oil
Natural blemish removers
- Camphor- crush crystals of camphor and soak them in appropriate essential oils. Use as an emollient to rid the skin of common blemishes like freckles and acne marks.
- Coconut oil- this is a natural bleaching agent- excellent for the removal of stretch marks, burn marks and so on. Prolonged use is essential.
- Papaya paste- Is an excellent exfollient and easily removes dead cells from the surface of the skin.
- Fresh Lemon Juice- Is a superb bleaching agent. It also acts as a fungicide and an anti- bacterial agent.
- Fresh Milk and cream- is an excellent face wash and contains AHAs or alpha hydroxy acids that help in the easy removal of dead skin cells.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Facial toner - Free and easy to use and works very well
- Egg white Mask - Reduce pore sizes and improve skin complexion.