Skin care products. Do you know what's in them?

Skin care products. Do you know what’s in them?

So you wake up in the morning. You have to get dressed and out to work. Or you have a date and you want to look and smell your best. You shampoo your hair. Or if you are African descent, you probably went to the hair dresser the day or weekend before. You use some kind of shampoo, some kind of conditioner, some kind of soap. You applied some kind of deodorant, some kind of hand cream, some kind of perfume. If you are female, you probably used some kind of face powder, lipstick, eye brow pencil, maybe mascara. And the list goes on. All these SKIN CARE PRODUCTS are used to enhance our beauty, but can they be hindering your efforts to live a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE?


Then you drink your healthy green juice on your way out. Make your cup of “healthy coffee”… ….all the rage these days. And you think you are doing well. The truth is that you have just put a barrage of chemicals on your skin, that may be giving your efforts to live a “healthy lifestyle” a hard time.

Hopefully, by now, we are beginning to understand the effect of harmful chemicals to our bodies. We should also integrate into that understanding, the equal importance of vital nutrients to our body and health. 

It’s all about what we don’t put in our bodies and what we do put in our bodies.

Today I want to focus on an area that most consumers do not pay the necessary attention to.

Another way in which harmful chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens enter our bodies, and which can be just as dangerous  (or even more so ) as if they were consumed orally.



Only yesterday on a talk show I was learning about a latest celebrity fad of infusing vitamins and minerals into the body by IV drip. That discussion is enough for an entire post. But the point here is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. There is more than one way that we get ingredients into our bodies, whether they are useful or harmful.




I am talking about the skin care and cosmetic products that we willfully, (but maybe not knowingly), apply directly to our skin.

Here are some facts that you may find interesting.

  1. The skin is the largest organ in the human body. 22 square  feet. That is enough to cover the top of a twin sized bed.
  2. The adult skin can weigh up to 20 pounds or more
  3. The entire skin has about 4 million pores
  4. If you took a portion of skin the size of a quarter, it would contain about 600 sweat glands

All of these are tiny gateways into our body that we are not always conscious of. One of the many things I learned from Dr. Llaila Africa ……..several years ago is: “Anything that you would not put in your mouth you should not put on your skin. It ends up in your body anyway.”

More than one way to get results. Good or Bad.

Consider that anything that enters through the skin has direct access to your blood stream, without having to encounter any of the filtering systems in the body. Substances that go through the mouth has to pass through the digestive system. Vomiting, and diarrhea are two mechanisms to expel unwanted and harmful substances. If it passes that initial stage, the gut bacteria will try its best to kill them. Then they have to encounter  the kidneys, liver, and and immune system. Applied directly to the skin, or injected (like immunizations) there is little defense. It is like a gun-man entering the building through the back door while the watchman is guarding the main entrance. He has free reign and everyone is left defenseless until an alarm sounds.

It is scary enough that we have to deal with the chemicals and toxins in our food, but the reality is, that they are not the only chemicals we have to deal with, in trying to combat the dangers to our HEALTH AND WELLNESS.

I recently heard a testimonial from a person who had kidney failure and it was discovered that his job involved working with chemicals over 2 decades prior.

And I recently also came across a study done in the UK; that shows that people who live near to cell phone towers are absorbing radiation at high levels which causes cancer. This is likened to  the perfectly healthy radiologist who contracts cancer.

We also should be concerned about the chemicals in our water, the ones we breathe in unknowingly, and also what we apply directly to our skin.

Many skin care and beauty products contain chemical ingredients that can damage the respiratory system, the immune system, reproductive and neurological systems, as well as our organs and glands.

Look Out For Your Own Well being.

I am worth it

I am worth it

There is very little regulation for ingredients in skin care products. As a result and because they are being consumed anyway ,manufacturers and chemists can put as many chemicals as they want to in them.

Terms like “natural, healthy, and hypoallergenic have very little meaning in the skin care and beauty industry. They are simply marketing ploys.

Consumers fall for advertising strategies and believe they are buying organic beauty products, which actually contain chemicals found in antifreeze, floor cleaners and engine oil.

One popular hand cream which is labeled as “95 per cent natural” actually contains methylisothiazolinone. This is a preservative commonly found in window and floor cleaners, and air fresheners.   It has been determined that it can cause cancer and has also been linked to nerve damage.

Since the law does not require personal care products to be tested, there is much manipulation and deception that goes into labeling.

1. Manufacturers resort to using alternative names that may not be readily recognized.

2. Another strategy used is to confuse buyers (the ones who even bother to read the labels) by disguising the more recognizable names with their chemical counterparts.

3. Shortening the chemical names to symbols and acronyms like BHT and BPH.

4. A funny one is to say “it MAY contain” …I know that they made huge batches and they have to know what they ordered to put in it. The deception is somewhat annoying. So if you want the product badly enough, you talk yourself into believing that MAY means maybe not.

In my next post, I will outline some of the outrageous ingredients that we expose our bodies to in the form of skin care and beauty products.

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