Skin food is a big buzzword term lately and for good reason! Finally, it’s becoming mainstream to treat our skin with the gentle care it deserves, as it’s our biggest organ. If we could access our livers or kidneys, we wouldn't soak them in toxic, carcinogenic, or even unknown chemicals, would we? Let’s hope that is a resounding “No!” For some reason, when skin and hair care started being marketed to the public, there was a general disregard for the long-term effects they could possibly present to us when they were put on our skin, scalp, or inhaled through the particulates in the air. This isn’t necessarily surprising, considering there were hardly any regulations on pharmaceuticals and over the counter drugs at the time. However, as time has passed and we’ve clearly seen the results from many of the toxic chemicals and fragrances used in skincare products, consumers are becoming more conscious of what they purchase and what impact it has on their health as well as the environment.
Just as our gut health is directly related to our mental health, what we feed our skin is directly linked to the functionality of our organs. Our body systems function in a highly complicated and intertwined manner, when one is knocked down, the others struggle as well. For example, within a large portion of products on the market are toxins that are known as “hormone disruptors” or “endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)”. There is a surprisingly long list of harmful chemicals used in modern products such as: preservatives, fragrances and synthetic dyes. These have similar chemical structures to estrogen, which in excess, can cause confusion at the hormone production sites inside our bodies. Xenoestrogens and EDC’s can cause a wide variety of disarray in the body such as:
- weight gain
- thyroid dysfunction
- adrenal imbalance
- low sperm count
Some of the other unpleasant side effects we may experience from toxic chemicals and fragrances in our skincare products are:
As a conscious consumer and Holistic Wellness Practitioner, I try to spend a reasonable amount of time researching products before I buy them. I have been using Peak Scents products for about 5 years now, and I must say, my skin has changed in the most positive way. I trust every single ingredient in these products and know that I truly am feeding my skin the best quality skin food possible.
If you're curious about how I got into Peak Scents, my first purchase was the Organic Rose Phyto3 Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid. I spent my early 20s living in tropical environments and needed a serious skin revival. I found the night cream in Winter Sun, a Flagstaff local apothecary and instantly saw an improvement. I was hooked!
Guest blog by Holly White, Holistic Wellness Practitioner