Skincare Truths, Half Truths & Lies

 

Here at OrgAngie we like to focus on well-being and natural.  Without the proper education it is easy to fall for marketing tactics if you don’t know the truth or take things at face value without question.  Especially when things have been said over and over again by so called beauty experts. Okay, I get it. They are only repeating what they read on another blog. The problem is that it has been written  about so many times , the lines from truth have blurred. I think of the telephone game. Do you remember playing that game as a kid? It was the first time that I understood how important getting the right information is and passing the right information on.   There are a lot of misconceptions out there about cosmetics. Let’s take a look at the most common spread sayings in the industry.

Mineral oil stops the skin from breathing

The skin does not breathe. Let’s think about that. The human respiratory system does not include the skin. What the term “let your skin breathe” or the like means that their product “won’t clog your pores” or is” non-comedogenic”. There was a study that was done to compare mineral oil to certain botanical oils. It was concluded that the botanical oils and mineral oils all “acted” the same way.   They formed an occlusive layer on the skin. The main difference is botanical oils are similar  to the composition of the oils of our skin. This means they can be metabolized easier by the body. Botanical oils have something extra going for them. They contain plant compounds which can provide wonderful benefits to feed your skin.

60% of everything you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream.

Our bodies are built to dispose foreign materials from the body. What happens to a chemical after being absorbed is what makes that distinction.  The reality is that 0-100% of what you apply to your skin can end up in your blood stream. This logic applies to the penetration capabilities of an ingredient (based on molecular weight & mesh size), the delivery mechanism (how the ingredient is applied), and the overall health of your skin and environment (humidity/temperature).

Natural skincare is chemical-free

Chemical free is term often used in the cosmetic industry. This leads us to the assumption that anything that is not natural is bad for you. The reality is: everything is a chemical. From water to air and the food that you eat is a complex mixture of chemicals. “chemical-free” statements are merely the way to tell you that their product(s) do not contain synthetic ingredients.

The average woman absorbs up to 5 lbs. of  chemicals every year

The skin is there to protect you. Very little is capable of penetrating past the top 2-3 layers of the skin. Even less is capable of being absorbed. There is absolutely no supported scientific research to back this claim. This myth was generated by mainstream media.

All preservatives are dangerous

Preservative have an important purpose of stopping bacteria, fungus and yeast from growing in your cosmetics. If any of these encounter your skin it could cause a serious infection. Thankfully there are natural preservatives on the market keeping your skin safe and meeting the natural seal of approval. Those who say that their products are preservative free will have a short shelf life, require to be refrigerated (typically DIY projects) or does not contain any water (completely anhydrous product like a body butter). Therefore not requiring a preservative. You will also see a lot of DIY’s fail to add a broad spectrum preservative ( bacteria, fungus & yeast preventative) to their water based recipes.  Please use caution to not un knowingly cause harm through un properly preserved home made gift.

Final Note

Sometimes it is easier to distort research to back up claims to sell something. And that’s why there are so many myths out there about ingredients and cosmetics. It truly is difficult to filter through to find the truth because its been passed around and around creating a blurred line.  When you deconstruct anything those bits are going to look scary. Remember, there are a lot of factors at play it all depends on different circumstances.

Naturally yours,

Angie

Sources: http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/can-your-skin-breathe/
Do Your Skincare Products Get Absorbed Into Your Bloodstream?
The Impermeable Facts of Skin Penetration and Absorption
http://thebeautybrains.com/2015/07/do-cosmetic-ingredients-really-penetrate-skin-episode-92/

 

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