Lotions and Skin Care

April 3, 2008

THE POWER OF SKIN

by Marjory Mejia

Skin is the largest organ in the body. The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer. Lets treat it with care!!!

As the body’s largest organ of elimination, it is vital that the skin be free to release toxins. The cosmetics industry is undergoing a revolution due to increased scrutiny over chemicals that go in their products. Most of us absorb close to four pounds of chemicals through the skin annually.

Epidermis

Dermis

Subcutaneous layer

As suki states, skin:

receives 1/3 of the blood circulating throughout your body

acts as a moisture regulator

protects us from physical, chemical, biological, thermal and electrical damage

helps the body maintain a steady temperature

serves as a highly sensitive sensory organ, responding to heat, cold, pain, pleasure and pressure

assists in processes of excretion via sweating, eliminating salts, urea, water and toxins

secretes sebum which lubricates the skin and keeps it from drying out

converts ultra violet rays into vitamin d, which helps maintain strong bones by enhancing calcium absorption

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID

Toxic Ingredients found in lotions and most skin care products

Our skin is by far the largest organ and the cosmetic and personal-care industry is doing it great harm, using a number of common ingredients that are or can be cancer-causing agents (or just plain dangerous). Because the skin is permeable, such ingredients harm not only the skin itself, but can penetrate into the body, causing internal damage as well.

In 1938, the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry, allowing the industry to determine what they are putting in products, regardless of what tests may show. Most of the 25,000 chemicals used have not been tested for long-term toxic and systemic effects (affecting the entire body system). Many are outright toxins or contain toxic byproducts. According to Oregon Senator Roy Wyden, “Even if the FDA suspects that serious adverse health effects are caused by a cosmetic product, they can’t require the manufacturer to provide test data to prove the product safety.”

Aluminum: Aluminum is a skin irritant and has been linked to Alzheimer’s and lung disease.

Alcohol ( Isopropyl ): Alcohol is used as a solvent in many skin care products. It causes skin irritation and strips the skin of its natural acid mantle, promoting the growth of bacteria, moulds and viruses. It may also cause premature ageing of skin.

Benzoates: Implicated in a wide variety of health problems including testicular cancer, cell mutation, and other cancers.

BHA and BHT: Encourage cancer and the breakdown of vitamins such as vitamin d, can cause lipid and cholesterol levels to increase, endocrine disrupter.

Coal tar: (petrochemical. look for cade tar or pine tar instead) low-level exposure is linked to cancer.

DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine): These are hormone-disrupting chemicals known to form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines. On the show “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of environmental health at the University of Illinois, said, “Repeated skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase in the incidence of two cancers – liver and kidney cancers.” John Bailey, head of the cosmetic division of the FDA.

Dimethicone: It is a cancer suspect. It caused tumors and mutation in lab animals.

FD & C Color Pigments: They are often made from coal tar and studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic. According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, “Many (pigments) cause skin sensitivity and irritation…and absorption (of certain colors) can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death.”

Fragrances: Many of the compounds in fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. “Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most or all of them are synthetic. Symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting, and allergic skin irritation.

Formaldehyde: It is often hidden in other ingredients, banned in Sweden and Japan mainly because of its inability to inhibit the growth of acid producing bacteria and it’s implication in cancer.

Glycerin: Look for vegetable glycerin. Glycerin without the vegetable qualifier usually means petrochemical.

Hydroquinone: It is toxic, irritant, banned in Europe, can cause hyper- pigmentation

Laureth family: (sodium lauryl sulfate, any ingredient with laureth or lauryl in the name) It is carcinogenic, skin irritants may be contaminated with large amounts of toxins in manufacturing process contains ammonium salts, mutagen, and acne producing.

Mineral Oil: ingredient actually coats the skin just like a plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb the Natural Moisture Factor (moisture and nutrition). But mineral oil impedes this process, allowing toxins to accumulate, which can promote acne and other disorders. It also slows down skin function and normal cell development, resulting in premature aging of the skin.

Methylisothiazolinone: It is an antimicrobial agent that inhibits the development of particular neuron structures that are essential for transmitting signals between cells. Prolonged exposure to low levels of methylisothiazolinone (MIT) may have potentially damaging consequences to a developing nervous system.

Paba: It may cause formation of nitrosamines, cause photosensitivity, being studied for carcinogenic implications

Octyl stearate: Causes acne producing, contact dermatitis, allergic reactions.

Paraben Preservatives: known to be highly toxic and have caused rashes and allergic reactions. Recent scientific studies in the UK found a strong link between the use of parabens and the increasing rate of breast cancer in women.

Petroleum: (petrolatum, mineral oils, vaseline) It is acne producing and may be carcinogenic.

Phenoxyethanol: It is a synthetic ether alcohol preservative and can cause contact dermatitis. Synthetic preservatives are considered by leading dermatological associations to be the number one cause of contact dermatitis.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): Not only are they potentially carcinogenic, but they contribute to stripping the skin’s Natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable.

Propylene Glycol (PG): Propylene Glycol can cause skin rashes and contact dermatitis, and has been shown to cause damage to the kidneys and liver.

Stearics: (acids and other types) It is carcinogenic.

Urea (Imidazolidinyl) & DMDM Hydantoin: These are just two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde (called “formaldehyde donors”). Exposure to formaldehyde may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. It can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Other possible side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer.

Triclosan: It is a chlorophenol, a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. Externally, it causes skin irritation, but since “phenol can temporarily deactivate the sensory nerve endings….contact with it often causes little or no pain.” (Linda Mason Hunter. 1980. The Healthy Home. Pocket Books). Internally, it can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, convulsions, coma and death.” (Debra Lynn Dadd. 1992. The Non-Toxic Home and Office. Jeremy P. Tarcher).

Tocopherol acetate: It is a synthetic vitamin e. contact dermatitis and cancer suspect, carcinogen.

**Most of this information is compliments of Linda Chae and THE TOXIC FREE FOUNDATION , www.toxicfree.org.**

**Some of this information comes from Suki.

RECOMMENDATION

Examine the labels of your cosmetics and skin care products carefully, and learn to recognize ingredients that are harmful to your skin and to your health. Many web sites have lists of potentially harmful ingredients in addition to those shown above (e.g. Environmental Working Group). The environmental working group is a group of researchers working together to protect the public from unsafe chemicals in personal care products.

COMPANY OF CHOICE:

SUKI

Skin care company with soul

* Avoids all the harmful toxic ingredients and instead uses natural ingredients with healing properties.

* It really helps you look and feel beautiful without harming you or any living thing (no animal testing).

* Creates fresh, live products, made by hand in small batches thoughtfully and ethically.

* Causes the least impact on our earth in all our practices.

* Makes it organic and food grade.

dry skin therapy butter cream salve

Inside:

organic evening primrose, rose hip, chamomile, calendula, arnica, comfrey, neem and lavender infused oils of grapeseed, apricot kernel, sunflower, and rice germ, organic shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax, and pure, premium steam distilled essential oils.

evening primrose

a nutrient oil high in GLA – Gamma Linolenic Acid (Omega 6). It is a valuable emollient and skin conditioning agent high in essential fatty acids and extremely useful for skin and scalp. It is useful for balancing hormones as well.

borage

nutrient-dense oil high in rare gamma-linoleic acid, also found in human breast milk. It is excellent treatment for dry or mature skin, acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin problems.

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