Here’s a question for you: Would you eat a cake that was five years old, preserved using toxins and petrochemicals so that it appeared ‘fresh’?
Of course you wouldn’t; it would be crazy to risk harming yourself by ingesting something so stale or toxic when you could easily bake or buy a beautifully fresh alternative.
So why, every day, do millions of people around the world feed their skin the equivalent in harmful ‘treats’?
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. It is just like the liver in its multi-functionality: it protects us, forms a vital part of our immune system, and regulates our body heat. Whatever we apply to our skin is readily absorbed into our body, making its way into the lymphatic channels, which form a large part of our immune system.
The body will generally utilise anything that comes from nature, recognising its imprint as its own. What doesn’t come from nature, the lymphatic system will treat as a toxin, and will seek to defend itself by creating a reaction. In this way, petrochemicals and artificial chemicals create conflict for the body. A combination of both natural and chemical ingredients is equally confusing.
There has been a huge increase in lymphatic-based cancers and skin disorders over the last few years. The effect of petrochemicals and parabens on the skin and lymphatic system cannot be underestimated. Years ago I visited the Bristol Cancer Clinic where they had a shop selling all-natural products. Their advice to anyone with cancer was to use only organic skin care. I remember thinking at the time that people needed to be informed of that fact long before they ever had reason to step foot in that shop …
The skin responds to vibrant, natural, healthy ingredients, absorbing not just their nutrients but their life force too, just as when we eat vibrant, natural healthy food. As an organ, the skin is connected to our emotions and spiritual heart, making it deserving of all the tenderness and respect we can give it.
I’m a huge fan of Peter Lammas’s book, ‘Dying to be Beautiful’. It’s small enough to fit in your handbag yet comprises a huge list of harmful chemicals and their effects, easily enabling you to make informed choices when buying skincare products. At the end of the day, we all want to look good. But it’s not worth dying for.