Your skin is your largest organ. That means even if you’re eating real foods and a pure diet, if you’re applying chemically laden creams and cosmetics you are still introducing toxins into your system. Everything you apply on your body is absorbed inside your body. An experiment I have been told about is to rub garlic on the bottom of your feet, and see how long it takes to taste the garlic. This is how long it takes to absorb into your body, which is usually somewhere between 20-40 minutes. Isn’t that fascinating!
Daily exposure to toxins has been linked to many health issues including weight gain, cancers, thyroid disorders, learning and behavior problems, and mental health problems. We know that beauty comes with a price, but these are too costly for me.
Shopping for products that work, and don’t contain chemicals is no easy task. Even many of the products that claim to be all natural have undesirable ingredients hidden in their list. For this reason, I have started making my own products. Now I not only know what’s going into my products, I’m also saving some money. I can’t recommend this enough, but realize that many people don’t have the time or interest for this. So what can you do? Try shopping small, local businesses, farmer’s markets, or even Etsy for homemade products. Also, health food stores and vitamin shops tend to have products without the harsh chemicals.
My biggest advice is just start becoming as aware of the things you apply to your body as the things you put into your body.