Why Fewer And Simpler Ingredients Are Better in Skin Care
It's great to be mindful about what you eat and drink, but what you put on your skin matters just as much. The cosmetic and skincare products you use can affect your health in ways that you may not even realize.
How Your Body Absorbs the Ingredients in Cosmetics and Skincare Products
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It's porous, which is what enables your skin to “breathe.” Every square inch of your skin is absorbent. That's why what you put on the surface of your skin has the ability to penetrate through its outer layer. If you doubt this at all, think about some of the medical products that are applied topically, like antibiotic creams or nicotine patches. Products like these work by penetrating the layers of the skin and then get absorbed by the blood stream.
The Dangers of Chemical Exposure Through the Skin
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is dedicated to publicizing the real dangers of chemical exposure through the skin. EWG reports that over 12 million adults are routinely exposed to known or probable carcinogenic ingredients each day, simply by using their regular personal care products. These personal care products aren't rare or unusual. We're talking about things you'd find in bathrooms and bedrooms of almost anyone; antiperspirant, hairspray, lipstick, shaving cream, nail polish, moisturizer, eye shadow, sunscreen, and more.
Why Fewer and Simpler Ingredients are Better in Skin Care
Take a look at the ingredients list on your favorite cosmetic or skin care product. Do you recognize most of the ingredients, or are they so foreign to you that you can barely pronounce them? Do you see ingredients like cyclopentasiloxane? That's a common ingredient in makeup removers, and one that we intentionally avoided in our all-natural moisturizing makeup remover. Why? According to extensive studies reported on by EWG, cyclopentasiloxane is an endocriine disruptor, is carcinogenic, and has ecotoxicity as well as neurotoxicity. In other words, not something any of us would want to use on a regular basis.
In today's informed world, there's no reason why you should have to use products with ingredients that you can't pronounce, or that cause cancer, endocrine system disruption or other health issues. There's no reason why you should have to sacrifice your health in the pursuit of radiant skin and beauty.
Choose Products That Support Your Health, Not Risk Your Health
Use the power of your consumer dollars to support companies that prioritize your health. When shopping, look for products with fewer and simpler ingredients such as face care or body care products made using organic ingredients. Whether its teeth cleansers or skin moisturizers, you can make and buy products that support your health rather than detract from it!