Skin may seem like a waterproof membrane, but that doesn’t mean it is impermeable. Just because you are not ingesting or inhaling something doesn’t mean it is not finding a way into your bloodstream, your fat stores, and your organ tissue.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it needs to breathe, sweat and release its natural oils to be healthy and protect your body from the outside world.
The chemicals in make-up, soap, lotions, powders and sunblocks can block these functions and also be absorbed through the pores and minuscule spaces between skin cells. Once these chemicals enter the body they can cause
• toxic buildup
• hormone disruptions
• carcinogens and free-radicals
• DNA mutations
• allergic and immune reactions
• environmental damage
Just take a look at the ingredients listed on your shampoo, body lotion, facial moisturizer, or sunblock. Unless you are a chemist, chances are you will not be able to decipher what it is that you’re putting on your body. With regular use over long periods of time, some of these cosmetic ingredients can do more harm than good.