Nearly everything you put on your skin is absorbed into your skin – and into your bloodstream.
Biopsies have revealed concentrations of skin care toxins in cancerous masses in the same areas those toxins were applied topically. Translation: the bad stuff gets in! And stays there!
Many chemical-laden products are labeled, promoted, and advertised as “natural” or “organic” – which is confusing to folks.
Don’t be fooled! There are lots of wonky ingredients in conventional – and heck, even “organic” and “natural” skin care products, that are flat-out unnecessary! The use of these ingredients isn’t to benefit your beauty – it’s to benefit THEIR bottom line. Avoiding these potentially irritating ingredients is especially important for us Purely Primal-er’s. When trying to help or heal your skin, using sensitizing chemicals doesn’t help!
What should you do? READ THE INGREDIENT LIST!
Case in point: a label from a “non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, non-irritating” facial cleanser.
But check out this long list of hard-to-pronounce ingredients:
Propylene Glycol: This is used to give many shampoos their smooth, gliding texture and will keep the product from hardening. It’s a skin irritant and kissing cousin to (though, contrary to popular belief, NOT identical to) the main ingredient in antifreeze.
Parabens (Methyl & Propyl): Any ingredient that ends in “paraben,” like methylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, is one and the same. They are preservatives that extend the shelf life of all those cute “herbal” products at the drugstore. They penetrate the skin and may be endocrine (hormone) disruptors.
Phalates: Endocrine (hormonal) disrupters that may be in products despite NOT being listed in the ingredients section.
Citric Acid: This is simply a component of Vitamin C, although it can be an irritant for some people.
Sadly, this is what most conventional product labels look like! You should approach your cosmetic product choices with caution! There are many unnecessary chemicals and toxic substances lurking in these products. Next time you’re at your local drugstore be sure to take a stroll down the cosmetics aisle. You’ll find these ingredients in more products than you can count.
Bottom Line: You don’t need these products to have beautiful, healthy skin!
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