One of the first strategies you can use to improve your skin health is to make sure you are getting enough high quality omega-3 fats.
Your skin has three jobs. It protects, produces, and absorbs. Your skin grows from the inside out, so your overall nutritional levels really matter. It is not only the largest organ, it is the thinnest with only 1/10th of an inch separates you from all sorts of toxins. Your skin is highly permeable, allowing what you apply to your skin access to your bloodstream (and thereby to the rest of your body)… That said however, caring for your skin is not just an inside job -- it's an outside job too.
Studies show that one-third of all personal care products contain at lease one ingredient related to cancer. That's nice. Why do they do that ? Because, the chemicals are cheap, readily available and cause better absorption of the products in to your skin, nice....
If you know me, you know I love products and make up. I have really started looking in those bottles of stuff I slather all over me. When I did the diet at Dr. Rogers office, the papers said not to use lotions with oil in them and other ingredients, that it would actually interfere with your weight loss. Hmmmm......I had never thought about the oil in my products actually causing problems with my weight, but that made me start to look at this topic. Not only do these things cause weight gain, they cause hormone imbalances, cancer, asthma, immune system issues and the list goes on and on. We all wonder why we have so many health problems on the rise when we are eating, breathing, bathing, brushing, and slathering on chemical toxins. This goes for anything you put on your body..shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, soap, lotion, make up. The governing bodies say "a little bit" is not going to hurt you. How much of " a little bit" do you use everyday. I use all of these items everyday.
Organic doesn't mean a thing, by the way.. You may assume that products with the word "organic" on them are safe to use, but they may still contain synthetic chemicals.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has certain requirements for an "organic" label. In order for a food to be labeled "100% Organic" it must contain only organically produced ingredients. To be simply "organic" it must consist of 95 percent organically produced ingredients; and to be labeled "containing organic ingredients" it must have 70 to 95 percent organically produced ingredients. The FDA has no such requirements when it comes to skin care products..
Here is a list of the bad boys to avoid in your skin care items:
Dioxane's carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by "vacuum stripping". Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as "comes from coconut".
Many companies are making a change to their formulas. ..click here for the complete list of
300 companies that have joined a group called Campaign for Safe Cosmetics that pledge to eliminate cancer-causing chemicals from their products. These companies include Burt's Bees, Kiss My Face and Avalon Natural Products.
I personally use YES to carrots and Tom's of Maine for several different products recommended by my dermatologist.
For Christmas gifts, I plan on making homemade, healthy items, I have a recipe for some scrubs and lotions and I will post them after I make them :D