Natural Skin Care versus Hazardous Chemicals in Our Everyday Life

Did you know 1 in 8 of the Ingredients in Your Everyday Products are Industrial Chemicals?

Natural Skin Care is a topic very close to my heart

Do you ever think about natural skin care? Or wonder about how many chemicals find their way into your body everyday? If your answer was no, this article may just surprise you!

The human body is a remarkable vessel

It’s designed to take care of itself. Our immune system is capable of providing the protection and healing power necessary to overcome any disease.

So why do so many Americans suffer from a multitude of chronic illnesses?  Does cancer, heart disease, and diabetes have to be so widespread?  What’s the reason so many of our children suffer from asthma and ADD?

1 in 8 of the igredients in your everyday products are industrial chemicals

I personally believe that many health issues are caused by the incredible amount of chemicals we introduce into our bodies everyday.  Did you know that there are more than 82 thousand ingredients used in personal care products? And that 1 in 8 of those are industrial chemicals?

That’s just in our personal care products! Our systems are bombarded with chemicals in the food we eat, the air we breath and the over the counter drugs we take.

Who the Heck Am I to Talk About This?

My name is Cheryl Campbell, and if you are wondering “who the heck is she to be talking about this,” I’ll tell you!  I spent 14 years as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at a Hazardous Waste Facility.  A large part of my responsibility was teaching our employees how to be safe around dangerous industrial chemicals. There is so much I would love to share with you here, but it would take hours to write, so let me leave you with a few things to think about instead.

Most importantly, do not be fooled into believing that just because our personal care items are sold in stores that the ingredients are good for you.

Most of the unpronounceable ingredients on your labels are nastier than you think.

Here are a few common ingredients that are definitely not good for you:​

Propylene Glycol

Found in many brand name toothpastes PG is also the active ingredient in anti-freeze.  It’s also widely used in makeup and many deodorants.

The EPA requires workers to wear protective gear including gloves, clothing, and goggles when working with it.

Direct contact can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities yet the FDA says we can use it on our bodies and put it in our mouths.

Mineral Oil

The main ingredient in Baby Oil.  Sounds healthy right?  Wrong.

Petroleum based products coat your skin in such a way that it’s like putting plastic wrap all over your body. This reduces your ability to sweat. Unfortunately, sweating has a bad reputation. You need to sweat because it’s how your body rids itself of toxins.

Every day these toxins build up in your pores and need to be released. If they’re not, they build up and cellular development is slows. This disrupts hormonal activity.

Possible results include dermatological problems and early signs of aging.

Sodium laureleth sulfate (SLES) or lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is found in over 90% of personal care products as well as in garage floor cleaners.  

Lauryl sulfate (SLS) turns into nitrosamine, a potent carcinogen, when combined with certain other chemicals. Research studies on SLS have shown links to organ toxicity and developmental & reproductive toxicity.

SLS sometimes hides behind the ingredient description “coconut derived” or “comes from coconut”.  Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural.

Once these chemicals find their way into our bodies they tend to accumulate.

Although the concentration of industrial chemicals found in our products is very low, we use them everyday.   The chemicals accumulate because we don’t have the necessary enzymes to break them down.  This is real problem.

The U. S. government does not require mandatory testing of these products before they are sold.

There are literally thousands of chemicals used in personal care products, yet testing is not required.

Did you know that in the European Union more than 1,110 personal-product ingredients have been banned for use in cosmetics? That’s because they may cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive ills yet only 10 are banned here in the United States!

What can you do?

In conclusion, lets talk about what you can do.

First, please go through your home and read the labels on your products in these locations:

  • your cleaning cabinet,
  • in your bathroom, and
  • in your shower.

Write down the ingredients and Google them.  Do your own research and prove this to yourself. See it with your own eyes. Shop with your eyes open!

Second, consider using all natural skin care products, a simple solution, yes? One of my favorites is Argan Oil.  I love it so much I wrote a post sharing 4 ways to use argan oil on your face.

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