What's in your Skincare? April 01 2015

 The Paleo Foundation recently posted the following thoughts on chemicals in some skincare:

Chemicals in Skincare

You might have heard that sure, parabens and other chemicals in your skin care are bad if ingested, but they can't penetrate your skin so you don't have anything to worry about. The fact is, that's simply not true. Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. Just think about nicotine and birth control patches!

In fact, In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a study that screened for more than 400 chemicals, and found 287 toxic chemicals in the blood of the umbilical cords of newborn babies.

Of these 287 chemicals, 217 were neurotoxins, and 208 are known to damage growth development or cause birth defects. These toxins included mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated and polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans (PBCD/F and PBDD/F), perflorinated chemicals (PFCs), organochlorine pesticides like DDT and chlordane, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and many others. The worst part? These study results have been largely ignored by the media.

Since we know without debate that some chemicals can and do enter your bloodstream through topical application, you may want to look at the ingredients in your lotions and sunscreens, as these are the types of products that soak into your skin all day, increasing exposure.