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What is in Your Skin Care Products?

As I began my quest for nutrition, (as I call it) I quickly realized I didn’t trust anything that I had once thought was…okay! When I discovered what ingredients are used in vaccines, that rattled my world. If those things are approved to be injected into our littlest, what else have ‘they’ approved as ‘safe?’ My trust for the FDA quickly diminished! That began my lifelong duty to be an avid label reader, every label, every time. I look up definitions and read the studies and other papers from the CDC, FDA, EPA, NEJM, etc. I also, became aware, very quickly, that I am the only one responsible for me and it is MY responsibility to take care of myself and my family. I don’t trust just anyone to care for my children, I don’t care how many degrees they have. So, why do I just trust them to feed and drug my children? I don’t!
I didn’t change everything in one day. I did plenty of research and I still do. That takes time. Once I became knowledgable of things I slowly changed the inventory of our household products. Including food, vitamins, health & beauty product, and even household cleaning products.
The verbiage I found repeatedly was if the “thing” I’m researching falls in line with modern medicine the studies typically say things like: “FDA believes that at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens.” Even though, new research has detected the presence of paraben esters in 99% of breast cancer tissues sampled. The study examined 40 women who were being treated for primary breast cancer. In 60 percent of cases, five of the different esters were present. Compared to homeopathy that goes against conventional medicine; “Homeopathy has the potential to harm patients and consumers in both direct and indirect ways. Clinicians should be aware of its risks and advise their patients accordingly. When according this their own study, “Overall, adverse effects ranged from mild-to-severe and included four fatalities.” How many women die from breast cancer? Okay, I am getting off topic, I’ll come back to homeopathy in a later blog.
Back to parabens.
Parabens are chemicals that serve as preservatives in antiperspirants and many cosmetics, as well as sun lotions. Previous studies have shown that all parabens have estrogenic activity in human breast cancer cells.
The study discovered one or more paraben esters in 99 percent of the 160 tissue samples collected from 40 mastectomies. In 60 percent of the samples, all five paraben esters were present.
While antiperspirants are a common source of parabens, the authors note that the source of the parabens cannot be established, and that 7 of the 40 patients reportedly never used deodorants or antiperspirants in their lifetime. What this tells us is that parabens, regardless of the source, can accumulate in breast tissue.
My conclusion: it is better to be safe than sorry. Ditch the man-made chemicals and go back to nature. It has taken me several years to get to where I am now. I make most everything we like, myself. I do enjoy the simple life not easy, or lazy, but most definitely simple. I encourage you to read the labels on all of your products. If you wouldn’t eat it, than you should not be slathering it all over your skin or the skin of your growing, developing children. Your skin is your largest organ.
I just briefly touched on one ingredient, there are several others we avoid.

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Infographic via naturalhealthyconcepts.com

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