The Skin – Your Biggest Organ
Skin – it’s all over us! The skin protects us from microbes and the elements help regulate body temperature. It permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.
The skin has in total 7 layers: however, with the first three being the epidermis, which is the outermost layer providing a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
The skin is a good indicator of health if a person is sick sometimes this will show via the skin, i.e it will heat up if there is a temperature, or infection looming within. It can also show visible signs of illnesses, such as viruses, eg measles, chickenpox, even eczema, and asthma.
RENEWING: Throughout our life, our skin will change constantly, for better or worse.
In fact, our skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days.
PROTECTING: Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ. (Many products available are now ‘organic’, which if manufactured correctly can be so advantageous to our skin.)
Looking after this Organ
The world market is abundantly overflowing with products that will care for the skin. Everything from petroleum jelly to vegan organic skincare.
We are going to look at a few products available on the market, worldwide – information that will show a few comparisons of ingredients contained within them. Some may gobsmack you, and others will give you the wow effect. Whichever, I trust you will enjoy this enlightening post.
***Many products that are available for purchase do not fully inform of all the ingredients included as there is no law to prevent manufacturers from leaving out information on the packaging and/or container of the product.
This is because it is known as ‘food regulations’. However, it is suggested that should you consider purchasing ANY product that you have not used in the past then visit that website for more information.
Of course, a majority of products are manufactured via a ‘3rd party’ and are not always produced in hygienic/safe conditions.
Another subject for consideration is the container, is it glass, high-quality tin, or plastic?
Where was that sourced from?
There could be wording such as ‘We use locally sourced essential oils’ – what does that mean, where actually is that, and what quality are these oils? or maybe you will see wording such as, ‘contains Vegetable oils’ – which ones? where do they come from? Is there more information on such a statement?
So you see despite the beautiful jar, container or tube, or the picture on their website looking pretty, the wording being elaborate, etc (or not), some of the products y0u may come across may not actually be all they seem to be.
Here is a list of ingredients to look out for that perhaps should not be included in skincare products, but unfortunately, can be found.
– are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid (also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid). Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), also commonly known as sodium dodecyl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), their chemical structure is nearly identical, it differs by a single oxygen atom from SLES that is added during a process known as ethoxylation.
Octisalate – (used in sunscreen) Since octisalate is often used in conjunction with avobenzone and other chemically-based sunscreen ingredients that are more harmful like oxybenzone, the best way to avoid octisalate is to choose a toxic chemical free sunscreen that contains natural ingredients like zinc and titanium.
Octocrylene – (also used in sunscreen) is considered safe, but is an emerging photoallergin (can cause cell damage), as is highly absorbed into the skin.
PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate – is not safe to use on injured or damaged skin.
There is also strong evidence of being a human skin toxicant and is a primary skin irritant. Not good for everyday use, only limited use.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine – is a skin sensitizer,
Read the label – However, companies are not legally required to list all of what is in those products.
There are some Goodies
So after reading that ‘nasty’ wee list of some ingredients to be found, do not be despondent, as there are many other products that do not include such toxic ingredients.
I have used many skin products and fortunately, most have not caused any reaction. I do however check the labels before purchasing and have now found that research has been beneficial in that I now look for the ‘homegrown’ or’ made by the distributor’ products.
These products are very rarely found on the supermarket shelves.
They tend to be the safest and purest as they are truly products that are made with love, passion and a desire to be known in the market as safe, and products ‘that work’!
Here is a ‘drop in the ocean’ of sites available, but as I have not used any of these items I can not promote them. I am merely using as examples.
Christina Moss Naturals
I can confidently confirm a product that does work, in my opinion, that I have used and continue to use every day. A natural vegan, crystal incorporated product that is nothing but incredible.
It has a use for every person from babies to the older generation. Male and female, even your pets.
I know these products are non-toxic, made with love and passion by the skin therapist who has established the company.
(I receive no payment for the promotion of these products)
The hunnii.co.nz products are a skincare range like no other I have experienced.
The Balm I use for all over the body regime. Containing only 3 major natural ingredients. The crystal component included brings a new dimension to skincare. In fact, I believe it is a first.
They also have a spray ‘Rose’ Wai’ spritzer which I carry in my handbag as a pick me up during the day should it be required, and if I come across someone needing a ‘lift’. Beautifully perfumed, naturally as well.
As stated earlier, the skin is the largest organ that we have so consequently the market for skincare products is just as huge.
Please research your products.
Enjoy some of the most beautiful products available, but above all else, check those ingredients on sites such as www.customerbase.com
I trust you have enjoyed knowing a little more about your skin and maybe have become more aware of how we can take care of it.
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