Reduce Your Skin Sensitivity:
Environmental Causes and Toxic Load

Did you know that chemicals from skin care products can be traced in your blood stream within minutes?

As the old cliché goes “we are what we eat”… but we can also say that we are what we put on our skin.

20 skin care myths debunked

Toxic Load and Developing Skin Sensitivity

Long-term studies reveal how much chemicals are present in our daily life.

On average, a woman in North American:

  • places 5 lbs of chemicals from makeup application a year and
  • 8-9 lbs of chemicals from skincare and hygiene products,
  • consumes 7 lbs of preservation agents from food,
  • and could be exposed to over 400 different chemicals during a single day.

Why should you care?

Because our bodies must deal with this toxic load – the amount of toxins entering our body – by filtration processes in the kidneys and liver, and by production of antioxidants to neutralize oxidative stress caused by these toxic intruders.

At some point, these toxic levels simply become too much to handle and little by little we can begin to see the signs of aging creeping up on us.

The science also shows that inflammation and skin sensitivity issues are increasing throughout the population in the last decades as there are more and more chemicals in our environment.

Once sensitivities have developed, we become susceptible to even more diverse reactions from even more trigger agents (not only toxins) than the ones that originally caused the sensitivity.

Chemicals in Skincare

Thousands of chemicals are approved for use in skincare formulations by the government. But only a fraction of these have been tested and on top off that the whole industry is self-regulated, which really means there is not much regulation going on.

We have all heard of the “toxic dirty dozen” in skincare or the “worst 20 chemicals to avoid”, but we believe this list is much bigger than that.

Here is a list of ingredients from 5 natural products sold in just our local stores:

polyethylene, polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyoxyethylene, Aluminum starch, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, vynil pirolidine, potassium cetyl phosphate, chloprenesil, synthetic wax, mineral oil, sodium polyacrelate…

» Click here for the full ingredients list

Reducing Your Toxic Load is Key: How can you do it?

It is on us, the consumer, to make smart choices and reduce the toxic load delivered by skin care products, hygiene, cleaning products and food by choosing products with wholesome and natural ingredients.

It is important to read the labels.

Look for products formulated with fewer ingredients, infused with vitamins and plant extracts in meaningful quantities.

The best medicine to avoid developing skin sensitivities is prevention. So, reduce the toxic load and reap the long-term benefits.

Making smart choices has it’s limits as most of us cannot escape cities where air pollutants and toxins reach our skin daily.

Detoxify and Cleanse Your Skin Deeply Once a Week

PURIFY glacial clay face maskSkin on our face is especially vulnerable as it is always exposed and more delicate in some areas.

To detoxify and deeply cleanse your face, we recommend our Purify clay face mask that uses over 60 rare minerals found naturally in glacial oceanic clay. These minerals act like a magnet on toxins and damaged skin cells.

Use it once a week on whole face (and neck) or more often for spot treatment.

The main benefits of our clay mask – thanks to the natural minerals – is to provide your skin with gentle exfoliation, remove toxins and restore skin’s natural pH balance… and ultimately working towards leaving your skin looking younger and feeling clean.