If you’ve never looked at the ingredients on the back of your favourite beauty/skin products, you might be alarmed to find out that some of them contain the same ingredients used in anti-freeze and harsh floor cleaners.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and is super absorbent, meaning that these chemicals (artificial scents/colours, preservatives, stabilizers) end up circulating throughout the body, and if not excreted – stored in your fat cells.
Aside from pre-maturely aging your skin – it is important to know that long-term/chronic exposure to these chemicals cause low testosterone in men, elevated estrogen levels within the body in women (which can lead to an array of different imbalances like endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts) and can lead to thyroid disease and cancer in both sexes.
When looking for skin care products, I always recommend looking for natural ingredients that you recognize (this means your body will likely recognize it too and know what to do with the nutrients) and avoid harsh chemicals that can cause you to overload your liver.
Basically, if your liver is not functioning at it’s best – your hormones will have a hard time remaining balanced.
Not only is the liver in charge of metabolizing hormones and converting thyroid hormones (T4- inactive form to T3- active form) – but it plays a key role in the detoxification processes within the body.
If you have excessive amounts of toxins built up within the body (whether it’s from chemicals in your beauty/skin care products, too much alcohol, drugs including prescription drugs, pesticides in foods and environmental toxins) – your liver will have to work in overtime to engage in it’s normal processes.
Signs that your liver is overloaded with toxins
– Abnormal Weight Gain
– Anxiety and Depression
– Acne or Skin Condition
– Chronic Fatigue/Brain Fog
– Chronic Bad Breath
– Chronic Headaches
– Chronic Gas, Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Constipation, Diarrhea
– Digestive Difficulties/Trouble Digesting Fats
– Excessive Perspiration
– Hormonal Imbalances
– Strong Body Odour
Which ingredients should you watch out for?
Parabens mimic estrogen in the body and can lead to reproductive problems and hormone imbalances.
2. Sulfates (SLS and SLES):
Sulfates are a known carcinogen (cancer causing) and also mimic estrogen in the body, leading to reproductive problems and hormone imbalances.
3. PEG Compounds (Propylene Glycol):
PEG’s are petroleum-based compounds, and are usually contaminated with a chemical called ethelene oxide (a known skin carcinogen that can also harm the nervous system) and 1,4 dioxane.
Just another reason to throw out your vaseline (vaseline being pure petroleum jelly) –
Other than the fact that Petroleum Jelly comes from the same place as gasoline, there are a couple reasons why I recommend switching to a natural alternative:
Since it can’t be metabolized by the skin, it can disrupt the bodies process of elimination of toxins through pores.
Petroleum Jelly is also a known endocrine disruptor that contains xenoestrogens that can contribute to hormone imbalances like estrogen dominance.
Not to mention, it can contribute to the appearance of aging as it slows cellular regeneration by pulling moisture and nutrients from within the body!
Triclosan is an endocrine disruptor that can damage your thyroid and reproductive hormones.
5. Artificial Colours:
Most artificial colours that are made from coal tar (coal tar-derived colours are are generally listed as “FD&C” or “D&C” followed by a colour name/number).
Coal tar is recognized as a carcinogen.
6. Phthalates and anything with “Fragrance”:
Phthalates usually aren’t listed on the label, but can be found in “Fragrance”.
Scary thing is – over 2500 chemicals can be used to create a “fragrance”, and even “unscented” products contain fragrances with masking agents.
Phthalates are known to have hormone disrupting effects – which means they have been linked to thyroid disease, reproductive issues and reproductive cancers.
I cannot stress how important it is to be more aware of your overall toxic load.