Our derma, better known as our skin, is often looked over when it comes to our health. Why is our skin so crucial to our health? What makes it so important?
While I am no doctor, I have taken a couple courses to understand a few basic concepts and I have looked into it quite a bit. Why have I taken such an interest in skin? Let me tell you a bit of background on that end, and by bit, I mean straight to the point.
My family has not so hot skin.
Yep. It is really that simple! My skin is at risk for BOTH forms of skin cancer (yay genetics!) and really, until like wicked recently, I didn’t even care. Why? Oh ya know the invincible teen mindset? Yeah I had that.
Now here I am adulting and stuff. It is time I adult with my health, which INCLUDES my skin!
Our skin that thing we lather our lotion and fancy makeups on, yeah you know that, it is our LARGEST organ!
Isn’t that mind blowing?
Our skin is an ORGAN.
It makes up the largest part of our integumentary system. This system also is composed of hair, nails and exocrine glands, but were here to chat about the skin.
Our skin is there to PROTECT our body from harmful chemicals and environmental factors.
Though our skin is there for protection, it also is a passageway for different substances to enter into our bodies. This is known as dermal absorption.
Now, here is where I get real. Really real.
WHAT YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH ENTERS YOUR BODY!
Yep. I laid it out there.
Those lotions filled with carcinogens, the toothpaste you put on your toothbrush each day. You know those shampoos and oh lawd do not get me started on the makeup all over most woman’s faces. What about those baby lotions and body washes your putting on your littles and the diaper rash creams?
All of these things SEEM harmless because:
- The store sells them so how could they not be?
- Our skin is a natural protectant for our bodies, we tend to forget about the absorption part.
However, they are not harmless. They are not harmless at ALL. I really want you to look into what you are putting on you and your families skin. I am PLEADING with you to look at the ingredients and then look at what they can cause.
If you need help, download the Think Dirty App on your phone. Start scanning and looking up different products in your house.
You know those cleaning wipes that so many of us use on our counters and tables? You know the ones you grab out of the container with your bare hands and you use them to clean the surfaces of your home. Those disinfecting chemicals your putting all over your areas. Yeah those ones. The same thing is going right into your body being absorbed through your hands.
I don’t beg or plead very often. However, this is one of those times. It is something that SEEMS safe and we end up in this mindset of well I can buy it so it can’t be unsafe.
Read those warning labels on the back of your products, is that really something you want around your house?
I know I don’t.
I want to know that everything in my control is safe for myself and my family. That when my toddler grabs our cleaner I am not chasing him down because I think it can seriously harm him.
Please, I beg you, really look into what your exposing yourself to. If you touch it, your body is absorbing it. If your body is absorbing it, then it is affecting you.
Is what is affecting your body positive or negative?
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