You probably don’t think about the ingredients within your skincare products too often, but you should. Understanding all of the ingredients that are contained within will reveal why they could be harming your body. Very few people check all of the ingredients because the list is filled with obscure names that means very little and many do not understand that these ingredients can be absorbed through the skin.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and it helps to transport nutrients into the bloodstream, so it is vitally important to take care to only put very gentle and kind lotions and potions onto your skin, nurturing it and not damaging it. Traditional skincare products contain synthetic fragrance, petrochemicals, sulphates and parabens. It’s a terrifying fact that many of these ingredients are known to cause problems in the endocrine system. Your endocrine system is important. It is after all responsible for hormone health. It produces and secrets hormones that are absolutely essential for healthy body functions. When the endocrine system stops working as well, you can start to develop osteoporosis, thyroid problems, and diabetes and growth disorders.
So lets take a look at some of the most common nasties that you are likely to find:
Behentrimonium Chloride – This is a toxic ammonia compound. It can be irritating to the eyes but also affect the mucus membranes, causing tissue death.
Proply, Butyl, Methyl and Ethyl Paraben – Combinations of these are typically found in most hair and skin products and are known to be toxic. They extend the life of the product and are inexpensive which is why they are used so often.
DMDM Hydrantoin – This is used as an anti-freeze for vehicles
Sodium Laural Sulfate – is another highly toxic substance and is used to help the product foam. But, it can cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, genital disorders, bladder infections or kidney infections.
Synthetic Fragrances – these can include a multitude of toxic ingredients that may cause skin irritations, vomiting, rashes, headaches and dizziness.
Always check the ingredients prior to purchasing and remember that whatever your skin absorbs will make its way into your body with the potential to cause damage from the inside out.
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