Our skin is a big deal – literally. It’s the largest organ in the body and one of the most complicated. It has many roles in the maintenance of life and health, but also has many potential problems, with more than 3,000 possible skin disorders.
Not only does the skin hold everything in, it also plays a crucial role in providing an airtight, watertight and flexible barrier between the outside world and the highly regulated systems within the body. It also helps with temperature regulation, immune defence, vitamin production, and sensation.
The skin is unique in many ways, but no other organ demands so much attention and concern in both states of disease and health. There is a huge focus on skin health, with fierce competition to have glowing, clearer, healthier, younger and fresher skin. And this focus can cause secondary problems with self-esteem and mental health.
Many of the cosmetic and household products we use are designed to try and help us look and feel more beautiful, and to make out environment look more beautiful. But using the wrong ones can make your body feel ugly on the inside, and eventually very sick.
A disturbing study out of the University of California, Riverside, shows that many of the products we use to spruce up our appearance, brush our teeth or make our houses look more attractive are causing worrying changes in our body’s interior environment.
Be careful what your putting on your skin, including your shampoo! I downloaded the Yuka app. Which has helped a lot when purchasing anything from food to beauty products at the stores. It gives full details of chemicals and contaminants in our products.
I couldnt find a shampoo, or body wash that didn't have harmful chemicals, so I made it available to myself and others. Plant based soaps!