Care The Skin You Are In

“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time” – Linden Tyler.

Skin is body’s coat that protects us from cold and warm weathers. Skin keeps our inside in. In 1 inch of skin, you have about 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes (the stuff that makes melanin and gives your skin its color.), 1,000 or more nerve endings. Skin is our sensor, shield and communicator as well as reflection of external beauty. Every day we lose 1 quart of liquid through sweat. When we exercise we sweat one quart each hour. Now here is the important finding: Skin absorbs 60% of what touches it. Many medications are made into creams, gels or patches. These medications penetrate from skin to the bloodstream and delivered to all body parts.

Martin Fox, Ph.D. author of Healthy Water for Longer Life describes that we absorb more through our skin than through ingesting. In a 15-minute bath, the average adult absorbs 63% of the elements in the water. Drinking 2 liters of water, the absorption rate of elements is only 27%.

Golden rule for best skin care: “If you cannot eat it don’t put on your skin”. This might be next to impossible in today’s world but if you keep it natural, it will stay natural and reward you naturally.

Skin is an important part of our immune system. The skin is the largest organ in the body and its largest eliminative organ too. Skin releases toxins. It matters what you clothe your skin with and what you put on your skin. What goes on the skin, goes in the skin.

In an article published in NY Times on Dec 10, 2010 “When Wrinkle-Free Clothing Also Means Formaldehyde Fumes” reveals the anti wrinkle finish comes from a resin that releases formaldehyde, the chemical that is usually associated with embalming fluids or dissected frogs in biology class. It further states that formaldehyde is commonly found in a broad range of consumer products and can show up in practically every room of the house. The sheets and pillow cases on the bed, the drapes hanging in the living room, the upholstery on the couch. In the bathroom, it can be found in personal care products like shampoos, lotions and eye shadow. It may even be in the baseball cap hanging by the back door.

The biggest potential issue for those wearing wrinkle-resistant clothing can be a skin condition called contact dermatitis. It affects a small group of people and can cause itchy skin, rashes and blisters, according to a recent government study on formaldehyde in textiles. Still, some critics said more studies on a wider array of textiles and clothing chemicals were needed, including a closer look at the effects of cumulative exposure. At the very least, they said, better labeling would help. 

“The textile industry for years has been telling dermatologists that they aren’t using the formaldehyde resins anymore, or the ones they use have low levels,” said Dr. Joseph F. Fowler, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Louisville. “Yet despite that, we have been continually seeing patients who are allergic to formaldehyde and have a pattern of dermatitis on their body that tells us this is certainly related to clothing.

DermNet New Zealand, a New Zealand based trust presents facts about the skin for consumers and professionals on their website DermNet presents authoritative facts about the skin for consumers and health professionals in New Zealand and throughout the world.  DermNet covers hundreds of illustrated topics about skin diseases and conditions, dermatopathology, treatments and procedures. Trustees are renowned dermatologists.

DermNet throws light on “Textile Contact Dermatitis” and explains that textile fiber can be natural, synthetic or a combination of the two materials. Natural fibers include silk, wood, cotton and linen. Synthetic or man-made fibers include rayon, nylon, polyester, rubber, fiberglass and spandex.

Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin induced by chemicals that directly damage the skin and by specific sensitivity in the case of allergic contact dermatitis.

Allergic skin reactions to clothing is most often a result of the formaldehyde finishing resins, dyes, glues, chemical additives and tanning agents used in processing the fabric or clothing. Cases of allergic contact dermatitis have been reported for the following fabric additives.

Safe cosmetics will help you shine naturally. Read the ugly truth about synthetic make up here.

Almost 90 percent of the 10,500 cosmetics and skin care ingredients known to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have not been evaluated for safety by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, the FDA, or any other publicly accountable institution, according to the Environmental Working Group.

To be fair, no one’s dropping dead after a using a mascara wand or a body wash, and manufacturers have an interest in creating products that don’t harm their customers. But complex chemicals with potential unknown side effects lead us to follow the Precautionary Principle. That is to say, if we’d prefer to stay on the side of safety until we know.

    • 4 pounds: Average amount of lipstick a woman will ingest over her lifetime.
  • 11: Percentage of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal-care products that the U.S. government has documented and publicly assessed for safety.
  • 1,110+: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the European Union.
  • 10: The number of ingredients banned in cosmetics in the United States.
  • 600: The number of companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
  • 20: Percentage of personal-care products that contain at least one chemical linked to cancer.
  • 22: Percentage of cosmetics contaminated with possible cancer-causing impurity 1,4-dioxane.
  • $160 billion: Amount spent annually on skin- and hair-care, makeup, cosmetic surgery, fragrances, health clubs, and diet products.
  • Sources: Campaign for Safe CosmeticsThe Environmental Working GroupThe Economist

It’s important to note that people who are going through special medical treatments like chemotherapy and radiations need to take extra care of their clothings to protect their skin. Chemotherapy can damage your skin and leave it itchy and dry. If we wear clothes filled with chemicals and synthetic makeup may further cause discomfort and allergies. Choosing clothes made from natural fibers is a good idea. Organic cotton made clothes are best to wear during and after the treatment. Organic cotton clothing are recyclable, comfortable to wear, great Insulators, good for sensitive skin, renewable resource, biodegradable, carbon neutral, healthy and safe on skin. Studies show that Organic Cotton causes fewer allergic reactions than conventional. Organic cotton apparel also reduces respiratory problems and smells pleasant.  

Here is some good information on how to care your skin when undergoing chemotherapy.  

Take care of your body gaurd – Skin

Killer Clothes written by Anna Maria Clement, PhD, NMD, LN and Brian R. Clement, PhD, NMD, LN

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