Our largest organ and toxins that affect it

SkinCloseupOur skin is our largest organ though we don’t think of it that way.

Women, especially, make an effort to protect and treat their skin with expensive lotions and other beautifying cosmetics.

Many of us eat carefully, drink carefully and exercise in order to look our healthy best.

We think of organs as liver, kidney, heart etc. But the skin in fact IS an organ—the largest organ. And we are putting toxins on it every day.

This largest organ that covers our entire body consumes whatever is applied to it—hair, nails, face, arms, legs, feet and even private parts.

Lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants,  antiperspirants, powders, face and eye makeup, sunscreens, sun blockers and on and on.

There have been at least 70,000 chemicals approved by the FDA, many of them used to create cosmetics. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin and find their way into the bloodstream, digestive tract, lungs and other organs.

Here are a few of the most common toxins found in cosmetics:

Petroleum is an industrial chemical used in Vaseline, baby oils, baby lotions, antiperspirants, sun blocks and sunscreen lotions.

They prevent the skin from absorbing the vitamin D we need and may lead to inflammation, rashes and chronic itching.

Antiperspirants prevent natural perspiration (which helps rid the body of toxins.)

Talcum is toxic, but is commonly found in baby powders, foot powders and perfumed cosmetic powders.

Lead is a well known neurotoxin and is commonly found in lipsticks.

Parabens are chemicals that are commonly used in most cosmetics and makeups. They mimic hormones and are endocrine disruptors that can cause allergic reactions.

Phthalates are in moisturizers, perfumes, nail polishes, soaps and hairsprays and can increase risk of diabetes in women and lower sperm count in men.

Aluminum is common in deodorants and antiperspirants and has long been known to cause breast tumors in the quadrant closest to the armpit.

From toxic air freshener to toxic candles, bug sprays and household cleansers, people fill their homes with poison each day.

All is not lost, however. Many more healthful cosmetic alternatives can be found in health food stores and even sections of super stores.

And olive oil and coconut oil are excellent for the skin, as they are non-toxic and allow this largest organ to breathe as nature intended.

Source: Naturalnews.com, Wikipedia.org.