Let’s talk about skin today, shall we? The past few days I have talked to several people (friends, patients, coworkers) who have skin issues. These people have everything from dry skin to rashes to acne. I am amazed at how much money they are spending on expensive creams, dermatology appointments, prescription creams! Seems to me if I went to a dermatologist every month, tried several different creams he/she recommended and a year later my skin still isn’t any better – I might just try something new. Just sayin’.
Do we even really take care of our skin? I don’t think most people do. I think our skin is abused, neglected and crying out for help.
- Our skin is the largest organ on our body.
- The skin is a protector of our inner body, a covering. It is porous – so anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies through the pores and enters our blood stream in less than a minute.
- Our skin gets thirsty and hungry. When we don’t drink enough water, the skin cells can get dehydrated and shrink making our skin look dull and dry.
- Collagen is a protein that gives our skin support and elasticity. The collagen is damaged by cigarette smoking, ultraviolet rays from the sun and high sugar intake.
That’s the reason that slapping a little moisturizer on once in awhile doesn’t count as taking care of your skin. We need to look at our diets – limit sugar intake, drink plenty of water, and eat protein which provides amino acids for collagen formation. We do the most for our skin by feeding it from the inside. Collagen in beauty creams is too big of a molecule to be absorbed through our pores it doesn’t feed our skin.
Be good to your skin – you never get a replacement.
I am really passionate about informing people about the toxins we put on our skin. Since most of the things we put on our skin are quickly absorbed they then enter our bloodstream. Are you even aware of what chemicals you put on your skin each day? Well, LET ME TELL YOU . . . . . .
Here’s an example:
Soap and shampoo – parabens, sulfates, triclosan, fragrance
Moisturizer – petroleum, phtalates, fragrance
Deodorant – triclosan, sulfates, fragrance
Now, here’s why you should be worried . . . . . . .
Parabens, Petroleum and many others are hormone disruptors. They alter hormone levels in our body and can affect hormone production and have been shown to cause cancer. That means in actual research these statements have been proven. Why do you think our kids are maturing at a younger age. Why do 8 year old girls have breasts and acne? Hormone levels affect our fertility, phthalates actually damage sperm. Our products are altering our hormones!
Triclosan is widely used in deodarants and antibacterial soaps and toothpaste. What is triclosan? It is a hormone disruptor. It harms our immune system. It causes bacteria to grow that resist antibiotics. It decreases thyroid function. Triclosan is an aromatic compound and originally registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a pesticide. In a 2008 study triclosan was found in the urine of 75% of people randomly tested.
Triclosan has been found in breast cancer tumors.
DO YOU GUYS GET THIS? THOSE PRODUCTS CAUSE CANCER AND THE MANUFACTURERS KNOW IT! IT IS NOT A SECRET – THEY JUST DON’T WANT US TO KNOW AND STOP USING THEIR PRODUCTS!.
I don’t know about you – but I really don’t want these chemicals in my body. So I try to keep them off of my skin. Read those labels. You need products without these chemicals. Chemicals and fragrances are actually irritating to our skin so don’t help with the very problems we are trying to solve.
I hope this information has been useful and gotten you thinking about how you treat your skin. If you would like help with specific skin complaints contact me here or put some questions in the comments. Love the skin your in, Deb