Dirty Words

Dirty Words That Get Under Our Skin

Don’t say those dirty words….

What goes on, goes in: As more and more people are turning to organic alternatives for their dietary choices and the selection of household cleaning products, they are discovering that not only what we put in our bodies, but what we put on them, has a significant impact on our health and well being. Our skin, being our largest organ, is not only impacted directly, but can deliver what we put on topically, straight into our bloodstream. It’s no wonder that the demand for organic skin care products is increasing steadily.

Consider this: Government regulations allow virtually any ingredient to be used in the manufacture of products that we use daily on our skin, hair, and nails, and even in the water we drink.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) establishes the regulations and standards in the United States regarding the manufacture of drugs & food. The problem lies in the fact that many of us assume that the same is done for skin care products. Unfortunately, this isn’t so, thereby allowing some very harmful chemicals to be used in creating the products we use on a daily basis.

In order to ensure that what you are putting on your skin is safe, it’s best to choose organic skincare and avoid and discard any products you may see that contain the following…

Dirty Words that get under our skin (that you should avoid entirely):

  • Parabens
  • Mercury
  • Dioxane
  • Nitrosamines
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates
  • Nanoparticles
  • Fragrance
  • DEA
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40)
  • Polyethylene Glycol
  • Polyethylene Ethanol

Most of these compounds are absorbed easily by the skin and transported into the blooodstream, yet the body has no way of ridding itself of them. The toxins remain in your intestine and eventually get spread through the body potentially impacting our bodies’ functions and causing damage to organs and body systems.

We are all concerned about our health and well being, which means that it is important that we are proactive in choosing products that are good for our bodies.

Once you have become reasonably familiar with the harmful ingredients (the “dirty words” as we like to call them) that are so commonly used in skin care products, you will learn to recognize the difference between synthetic and natural & organic products.  Becoming a more informed consumer will allow you to make smart choices while shopping for your organic skin care products, and thus protecting your overall health.

We will look at these “dirty words” in greater detail in the next few weeks…in the meantime, check out EWG for more information on ingredients you may be questioning!

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