February 17th, 2017
Guest writer for Wake Up World
“The best way to read a personal care product ingredients list is to read each ingredient as if it were something that you might put in your mouth… If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!” ~ Marie Be
It’s no secret that Big Pharma and cosmetic companies generate billions of dollars each year by selling a huge array of body-care, personal-care and body-cleansing products. But what you may not know is that most of these chemical-based products include harmful ingredients that are toxic when absorbed into the skin. Manufacturers funnel revenues into lawmakers’ pockets to ensure their ongoing support — in particular, the classification of their products as “external” despite being absorbed by the skin — and, with the support of deceptive media and marketing techniques, the general public (particularly North America and Japanese markets) have been led to believe that not only are pharmaceuticals the best line of defense against poor hygiene, but that they are the only things keeping us safe from the perils of disease-causing bacteria, germs and viruses.
And yet, toxic ingredients like mercury, lead, aluminum and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, parabens, chemical fragrances, fluorides, plastics, petrochemicals (among many others) are found in everything from hand-washes, lipsticks, eye-liners, mouthwashes, shampoos, deodorants, conditioners, toothpastes, body washes, lotions, sunscreens and moisturizers. As a result of regular use, these products can cause untold damage to our health and our immune system — ironically, the strength of which actually relies on exposure to germs and bacteria.
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