Even with a growing awareness of the food we put into our bodies, what we put on our skin seems to have been left behind.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and just one of its many functions is protecting us against harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc if allowed to get into our internal systems. So maybe it’s time to give some thought to the products we are putting on our skin that are being absorbed into our bodies.
HappySkincare.com.au reports on the three worst offenders in skincare:
“Paraffin Oil (also called Mineral oil) is clear, liquid oil with no scent and will not spoil. Petrolatum (also known as Petroleum jelly, Vaseline, or soft paraffin) is a semi-solid mixture that is colourless or pale yellow.
These ingredients are produced as a by-product of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil (i.e. from black oil pumped from deep underground) and are major ingredients in Sorbolene, Bio-Oil, and many baby care products.
These petroleum products coat the skin like plastic – clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They can slow cellular development, creating earlier signs of ageing. They’re implicated as a cause of eczema and a suspected cause of cancer. Plus, they can disrupt hormonal activity.”
“The bottom line is why put into the largest organ in your body products containing ingredients that you wouldn’t eat?”
Many products you purchase in the health food store also contain these offending ingredients. You need to shop around and you need to read labels.
As a guide, the number one ingredient in any skincare product should be water. Learn the word for ‘water’ in different languages – ‘Aqua’ / ‘Agua’ / ‘Eau’ – so you can be sure your product has it right up the top. The reason for this: water hydrates and improves penetration and absorption, and if it is the number one ingredient then there is some chance that the product isn’t completely dominated the big offenders listed above.
More importantly, search out products that are created from food-grade ingredients. For example, Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced range has been designed to feed your skin, from the outside, to function optimally and look its best.
Arbonne skincare is vegan-based, made from clean, pure gold-standard ingredients that have been honed, and clinically tested (never on animals), for safety and performance over many decades. All the products are allergen-free and adhere to the toughest European standards.
Arbonne maintains a list of over 2000 ingredients that are NOT allowed in any of its products, including the offenders mentioned earlier. In fact, Arbonne has been the leader in the Pure Products Movement since the beginning.
To see more view this video: The Ultimate Healthy-Looking Skin Solution with Dr Tanda Cook