More than skin deep.

Are you aware that the largest organ in the human body is actually the skin? Accounting for 16 percent of total body weight and covering over two square metres of surface area, the skin is more than just a "covering." Far beyond being the "bag" that holds the body together, skin is a protective barrier that serves as a buffer to guard against extreme temperatures, chemicals, bacteria and more. It also serves as a warning system, as it is comprised of sensitive nerves that send signals to the brain with messages from pleasure to pain.

It was once thought that the skin was completely inert and impermeable to chemicals; however, the truth is quite the opposite. The skin is incredibly absorbent and is not particular in regards to occupational, environmental or consumer chemicals. If it is slathered on the body, the skin will absorb it. It may be a little overwhelming, but it's important to consider how the human skin is "unintentionally" coming in contact with chemicals. The following are "personal care" products that may contain toxic chemicals:

  • Bar soap and body wash

  • Baby wipes and lotions

  • Facial cleanser

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Makeup remover or face masks

  • Acne treatments

  • Anti-fungal or anti-itch creams

  • Foot odour controllers

  • Skin treatments for eczema, psoriasis, skin fading, scars, varicose veins, wounds and sunburns

  • Anti-aging creams

  • Body firming lotions

  • Hand creams

  • Moisturizers

  • Antiperspirants and deodorants

    Look for natural products such as Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil to minimise the extent of the toxic chemicals you are exposed to.