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Common Toxins in Our Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Monday, January 24th 2022 10:00am 7 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Do you stop to read the label on your cosmetics and beauty products? You should because many contain harmful, toxic chemicals. When you use them on your skin, they can be absorbed into your body. Let’s take a look at 10 chemicals found in beauty products that you should avoid as much as possible. Let’s also look at some alternatives.

Our skin is our largest organ

Your skin is your body’s largest organ that is key in helping the body detoxify. Toxins also seep into our bodies through our skin. The lotions, soap, makeup, and lipstick that we apply have chemicals that seep into our bloodstream.

Each time you wash your hands with soap, shampoo your hair, or use makeup, your skin absorbs the personal care product easily. Scientists believe that your skin absorbs as much as 60% of everything applied to it. Those substances go directly into your bloodstream. The pharmaceutical companies know this, which is why nicotine suppression medications and hormone replacement therapy are delivered through transdermal patches.

Long-term effects

Your body has the ability to detoxify itself. However, our immune systems may be overloaded with toxins from our modern environment. The fat-soluble chemicals are stored in our fatty tissues and can take months to years to be eliminated. This can have a negative impact on your health.

However, toxins built up gradually making it difficult to directly link cause to effect. In our efforts to improve our health and well-being, we need to address the causes such as chemicals in our beauty products and cosmetics to stave off those negative effects like reproductive complications or cancer.

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