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Last Updated on September 23, 2017

Are you aware you “eat” and literally ingest pretty much whatever you rub onto your body? If it doesn’t evaporate off, you absorb it.

Shampoo, creams, soaps, deodorants—You name it, it all goes into your body. If you put it onto/into your skin it’s as good (or bad) as eating it with your mouth. Perhaps worse. At least your digestive system has a few basic mechanisms to prevent or limit toxins from passing into the body. For instance, most people would probably vomit if they drank their shampoo and conditioner in the morning rather than rubbing it onto their head. The skin just soaks it up.

If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t use it

In my workshops on Intelligent Nutrition one of the principles I share with people is “If you wouldn’t /couldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin“. Perhaps the only shortfall with this principle is that in today’s deranged world many people will eat just about anything—so long as it tastes appealing. I only have to look at a few ingredient labels on common foods in the local supermarket to see that this is true. Most of what I find in supermarkets I’d barely classify as “food.” The list of chemicals and empty filler ingredients is mind-boggling.

For the rest of us—those of us who prefer not to eat toxic chemicals with names too complicated to even pronounce—it’s not always so easy to identify which body-care products contain potentially harmful chemicals. Now its easier than ever. I just checked out a web site called Skin Deep.

I recommend you look up all the body care products you and your family use and get informed.

By the way, the very best body care products can be made at home, in the kitchen, with natural and relatively inexpensive ingredients. Check out some of the recipes on my site.

Highly recommended books on this topic

Toxic body-care ingredient info-graphics

Here are a few info-graphics that are also useful… (click thumbnail image to view full size picture)

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