Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body?
Most people I come in contact with are eager to become educated on not only why it is important to keep your skin at its best, but how. There are a handful of people who have little to no interest, and that is always peculiar to me; only because our skin is so important on not only the level of our skin being the largest organ of our body, but because what we do with our skin directly affects our overall health. I believe that a lot of people are unaware of this direct connection, or even that your skin is an organ, let alone the largest organ.
I have always had a passion for health and wellness in the most natural or purest form, one of them being health and wellness of skin. Over the years, I have become educated on skin care, as well as seek out the best skin care products for not only myself, but husband and kids. I thoroughly enjoy educating others on health and wellness issues as well. At the beginning of this year, I came upon a company that I would love to share more detailed information on, however in contacting them to receive permission to do article reviews it apparently becomes a third party legality, so I cannot disclose their name here in the article, but if you would like to become more educated, I am happy to share with you anything more in depth than what I will share here if you contact me at: email@example.com or message me here on Associated Content. I am so grateful for the education that I have received over the years, and grateful for the products that truly make a difference not only with my skin and those around me, but a difference that lasts a lifetime in more ways than one. Though I am in my thirties, I am still affected by acne and cystic acne. I have been able to find a product that not only clears it away, it keeps it away, and gives my skin a radiating appearance! I have also had since my being a senior in High School, have had deep set scarring on my face from having the chicken pox. I have been excited to see the diminishing of these scars, leaving my skin almost flawless. That is just two of the many things I have come across that I absolutely love – when you find a product that actually does what it says, that is amazing and wonderful to me!
In this article, I will share with you some important aspects of skin care I have learned over the years and what is important to look for.
Question for thought: Did you know that whatever you put on your skin is absorbed within 26 seconds? Have you thought about why this particular question has anything to do with you and why it is so important? Have you ever thought about the effects of substances have on your body through your skin? Have you ever looked into the ingredients of you skin care products, and understood the nature of where they come from, why they are in there, and what benefits, if any do they do for you? Have you ever looked into the ingredients of your skin care products and wondered what harmful effects they may have on you? I could go on and on with questions like these, but won’t.
“Research has shown that the average woman applies 515 chemicals to her face daily. Make-up, perfumes, lotions, mascara, and other beauty products all contribute to the toxic brew that is causing health problems for many women.” (Toxic Burden Article).
So, now think of the rest of your body. And not only women, but men, and children are subject to a lot of the chmeicals that are found in skin care products.
Let us go a step further. Whether you are female or male, whether you wear make-up or not, there is more to skin care than finding what benefits, not harms you in skin care products. We are all to one degree or another subjects to the environment we live in. Such as pollution, smoking, whether that be you smoking or second-hand smoke, alocohol, sun, diet, stress etc. These all contribute to the damaging effects of our skin. So, whether you wear make-up, which can help protect your skin through the day, especially if it is formulated to nourish your skin or whether you don’t wear make-up, but subjected to the environment itself is reason to be concerned and to have the proper skin care regimen to help your skin absorb nutrients, release toxins, and also to breathe. One ingredient, while we are on this subject that does not allow your skin to absorb nutrients, release toxins and breathe would be mineral oil because it is occlusive. That is something you do not want in your skin care products.
One of the biggest aspects I look for is products that are formulated without animal by-products. Besides the products I have come upon that are absolutely wonderful, I am always on the look-out, out of curiosity with other products on the market to see if they do not have animal by-product. I have not found any in your average store where you find skin care products. I have found a handful of products that do not have animal by-product at the natural health food stores, which is great and that is exciting to me! What I find interesting too is that many of the health and wellness employees there do not have a clue as to what animal by-product even is. There has been some occassions that I have gone and they ask if I am looking for something specific. I always tell them, “yes, something that doesn’t have animal by-product.” And they always inquire about what it is, and are always glad to become educated on it. It is kind of scary to me to see how many products do have it. So what is it? It is euthanized pets from vets and animal shelters (including insecticidal flea collars), farm animal carcasses (including all the steroids and hormones pumped into livestock), the entrails from slaughter houses, and road kill. They are sent to rendering plants where they are boiled until the fat rises to the top, the fat is then sent to purifying plants. The bad part about all this is that the fat still contains hormone altering chemicals and cancer causing chemicals. The fat, if you are wondering is used as fillers and thickeners in most skin care, cosmetics, and hair care products. When I learned about this, I told my husband about it and besides my disgust over this, he has permanently put a gross visual in my head – “so, if your lips are chapped and you see road kill, you can just pull to the side of the road and yank off a thigh and rub it right on your lips.” How gross is that? Obviously, not exactly that way, but it gets the idea across. I found out the only way to know whether a product does not have animal-by product or not is what it says directly on the product. I thought at first, if it said “not tested on animals” you would be safe, but after a little research, while not testing on animals is important to many, it isn’t saying that it does not have animal by-prodcut. It must say “no animal-by product”.
Other important factors of skin care products would include having antioxidants, which is vitamins A, C, and E. Why are antioxidants important? If your skin care product has the right amount of antioxidants needed in your product, it will help your skin be smooth, softer, clear acne and reduce pore size, age spots, and wrinkles. Also, products that are botanically based. This means that it is derived from plants or herbs genereally in place of chemicals, plants or herbs and also allows smoothness and calming to the skin. Products that are pH balanced are also important, pH balance means potential of hydrogen, it measures the acid or alkaline levels of a solution. The skin has a pH of about 5.5, which is mildly acidic. If your skin care products are not pH balanced, it can strip away the protective layering that is there to not only keep the balance of your skin, but if it is stripped away from products that you are using, you are more susceptible to infections. Being hypoallergenic is also important, this means having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction. Those that have allergic reactions are more able to readily use hypoallergenic skin care products. Something that I found interesting that I did not know about until recently was the difference between dermatologist recommended and dermatologist tested. I guess, the tested part makes more sense, but I am sure that I am not the only one that hasn’t really thought about the recommended part. I used to work for a dermatologist, a long time ago, and there would be what was called drug representatives who came in to leave samples of products for the doctor. Handing these samples out to patients is dermatologist recommended, they are not necessarily tested by a a dermatologist. Finding products that are not formulated with dyes, chemical fragrances, and without formaldehyde donating preservatives – those are used in products that sit on the shelves for a long period of time. Chemical fragrances are a lot of reason why people get allergic reactions, try finding something that has essential oils, and in its purest form.
There are many health and wellness issues in our world today. But we have control over much of the issues that we face as a society. Taking care of our bodies in the most proper form, not subjecting ourselves to harmful substances in or outside of the body, that create negative side effects, ailments, or disease is so important to overall health. I have often wondered why there are those that are really good about taking care of themselves from the inside, but don’t have a care in the world to take care of their skin. Perhaps they are not educated on their skin and how important it is, or that it is even an organ, not to mention your largest organ. I also often wonder why there are many out there that don’t take care of anything with their body but then wonder why they are experiencing so many health issues. I do believe that western medicine has its place in the world, but I don’t hold them or the FDA high on my list when they can approve so many toxic and deadly products on the market today. Taking a stance to your health and wellness in all forms with your body, including skin care will help you in more ways than one in being the healthiest you have ever been. This, skin care is just one of many ways that I keep myself and my family healthy, that we are free of sickness and if sickness occurs, it is alleviated quickly. Another added benefit that I see, is when we feel good about our outer beauty than we feel good within, it increases our self-esteem and self-confidence levels. I see so many who come out of a depression when they just simply take care of themselves. There is nothing wrong in enhancing your outer beauty to enhance your inner beauty.
Again, I would love to touch more on some incredible products that I have found. I encourage you to contact me if you would like to be educated more. As I said before, skin care is one of my many health and wellness passions and I do enjoy helping others and how proper skin care could help if not eliminate ailments you may be experiencing. Pure is always better. I am often asked why pure products are generally more expensive, and I have come to an understanding that it comes down to purity testing. This is a huge benefit to you. My other thought on this is, wouldn’t you pay even a little more for products that worked, that does what it says, and that did not create harm to your skin, to your body, and that helped you alleviate health problems? I also encourage you to become more educated on your skin health and wellness and then taking care of your skin and see the difference it makes in your life.