Would You Eat Your Makeup?

shutterstock_104401829It’s hard to believe at times, but the fact is, putting harsh chemicals on our skin is just as bad as eating them. My rule of thumb is, don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Our skin, which is our largest organ absorbs everything it comes in contact with. That means every time you apply “harmless” items like sunscreen, bug spray, lotions and even cleansers, they are ALL absorbed into our bodies as the poisons they are.

It turns out beauty is more than skin deep: In fact, the average person slathers, lathers, rubs and sprays, 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day. And since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to. Cosmetics companies and the FDA maintain that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are, in small doses at least. But to put a quick visual to the statistic, the average woman ingest as much as four pounds of lipstick in her lifetime! You can begin to understand how a little dab here, a quick spray there, begins to add up.

Could all of these beauty products be why women suffer from autoimmune disease more frequently than men…? Perhaps. The fact is, we are only now becoming aware how these chemicals are affecting our populations health. And for physicians like Dr. Mark Hyman, there is no doubt that chemicals are a big reason we are seeing a rise in autoimmune disease. If you are struggling with an autoimmune disease, you have probably already experienced how sensitive our bodies can be to chemicals. So, why mess around with them any more than you have to? There are dozens of natural alternatives that are not only cheaper, but might just leave your skin looking even better than ever.

Here are some tried and true recipes for natural beauty alternatives. You’ll want to adjust these recipes according to your skin type and climate, but in this list you’ll have lots of options to formulate the perfect combination.

By mixing and matching the degrees of cleansing or moisturizing you can customize a regimen that’s right for you.

Here are a few examples to guide you:

  • Cleansers (light to heavy) castor oil, baking soda, bentonite clay
  • Clarifier (equally effective): lemon juice, apple cider vinegar

Once your face is clean, finish up with a little moisurizer.

  • Moisturizers (light to heavy) jojoba oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil.

Remember to give your skin time to adjust, it may take up to a week before it gets used to the change. After that, you’ll wonder why you ever used those harsh (and not to mention, expensive) cleansers and lotions.