I have been talking with people asking about their health routines and really it wasnt a shock to me that many people only talked about their eating habits and what they did to correct it or make it better. But not once had anyone mentioned their skincare habits. I know on the http://www.facebook.com/theafteraffects page I have been posting alot of healthy eating suggestions from trying different recipes to blending and juicing. But I think in many ways I have neglected to really stress that both these two entities go hand in hand to produce successful outcomes. I dont think many truly make the connection that our outer body is also a vessel to carry toxic materials to our inner body through our skin cells.
So many of us get complacent, myself included, listening to the companies we grew up who sold skin care products our grannys and mom’s used on our skin and swore by them. Even today some companies who’s platform is natural, if you do further, digging into the ingredients you will find about 1/4 of them are natural and the rest are lab created. Even companies who add the word Shea on their bottle think that slapping a Natural ingredient on their product constitutes natural or having natural tendencies when in truth with all the toxic ingredients the Shea has to fight through to even provide your body with an ounce of skincare nutrition your skin still wouldn’t be safe.
I remember using this particular brand on my youngest child and finding that it wasnt keeping his skin moisturized. I would apply the lotion after a bath and 10 minutes later you would look at his legs and think I hadn’t put any type of moisturizer on him. After really looking at the ingredients and researching each one I found that it had drying alcohol (avoid these alcohols: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, methyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, and SD alcohol) also petroleum. The few natural ingredients that it did have were at the bottom of the list (usually meaning the further down the list there is very little of that ingredient in the product) . This is what prompted me to be more aggressive in using products that actually said what they offered. And in turn pushing me to start creating my own products.
I know I know that is alot to ask for when people are leading busy lives, so let me help with some of that by supplying you with some of the ingredients you should shy away from and those you should feel comfortable putting on you and your family’s skin. Such ingredients as Sulfates, Petroleum, Mineral Oil,Isopropyl Alcohol, and Parabens. The list of toxic ingredients is over 82,000 where companies use such ingredients as carcinogens, hormone disruptors and reproductive toxins. Here is an extensive list https://www.nontoxicalternatives.com/harmful-ingredients-list.html
Here are some beneficial alcohols that promote moisture:
Extracted from coconut oil, it is an emollient that is included in skin care products to stabilize the formulations. It is a prime ingredient in moisturizers because it helps the moisturizer lock the in moisture to create a protective barrier for skin.
Also derived from coconut oil. Because it is an emollient as well as an emulsifier, it can be substituted for cetyl alcohol to firm skin care formulations. It is mostly found in creams, lubricants, depilatories and conditioners.
Derived from natural oils and fats, it imparts an emollient feel to the skin. Cetearyl alcohol is widely used in cleansers, permanent hair color, face creams, eye make-up and sunblocks.
Finding the right moisturizer is a key component to having balance skincare. But let’s not forget that we need to start with our cleansing agent. Before you step out the shower you should be using products that promote moisture and skin cell protection. This in turn cuts down on many minor skin afflictions like dryness,blotchiness and itchiness. Body and facial cleansers can have ingredients that can also be rather deceiving and when you dont take the time to know what ingredients are good and which are bad the long term result can be irreversible. You should not have products that strip your natural oils away then to have to use products with synthetic ingredients to try to build them back up.
Adults absorb up 60% of what we put on our skin and children’s bodies absorb 40-50% more. They are more prone to contracting diseases later in life when exposed to toxins. In essence being exposed to these toxins as children in the long run can have long term harmful health problems from learning disabilities, skin allergies, reproductive problems to contracting different forms of Cancer.
And we wonder why we end up at the doctor’s or the dermatologist more times then we would like. Why doctors tend to prescribe more pills and antihistamines anti inflammatory pills and steroid cremes that only mask the affliction and keep you coming back for more hoping eventually it will fix the problem. We need to make doctors more accountable, better yet don’t just take what doctors are “selling”, many times there is a natural alternative to issues we are having with our skin. Think about it, we are from nature, we are natural, so wouldn’t seem the logical thing to look towards natural solutions in nature instead of a lab with synthetic choices that most times leave you with side effects worst than the affliction you are dealing with.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)-an additive that allows cleansing products to foam.
The sodium lauryl sulfate found in our soaps is exactly the same as you would find in a car wash or even a garage, where it is used to degrease car engines.In the same way as it dissolves the grease on car engines, sodium lauryl sulfate also dissolves the oils on your skin, which can cause a drying effect. SLS may also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, sodium salt sulfuric acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate, aquarex me or aquarex methyl according to the EWG. Why may you ask is this cleansing ingredient used in both our skincare products like soaps, body washes and shampoos, simple- it’s cheap.
In the age of information it makes it much easier to learn about what seemed to be a well kept secret by these big box skin care companies. Our skin cells are the gateway to our internal organs receiving good and bad products. It is up to us to make an effort to seeing that more good than bad is received. I am sure some of you are thinking,”It hasn’t affected my skin so why do I need to start looking at natural alternatives”. You may not be seeing the affects on your skin right now but what is it doing to your insides? This is not about pushing a new product to people, this is about pushing an idea of not making the use of natural products an option but a way of life. Because in the long run isn’t you and your family’s quality of life worth the fight?
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