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Chronic Illness and Skin Care Products


Chronic Illness and Skin Care Products



Navigating the waters of Product Ingredients


Everyone has individualized skin care needs, but most of the needs addressed by products on the market today, are purely cosmetic in nature.  When you have a chronic illness, your needs go far beyond cosmetic and must take into account your overall health.

It is quite common for people with an illness to be especially sensitive to products they put on their skin.  Sensitivity issues aside, it is important to remember that what you put on your skin gets ingested into your body and enters your bloodstream; therefore, you should no sooner put chemicals on your skin than you should consume them in your food. 

If this is not something you have considered as important, now may be a good time to start considering making a change to natural skin care.  It is never easy to change and the enormous amount of ingredients on most skin care products could make your head swim, but start with a few key ingredients to avoid and as you get used to using more natural products, it will get easier to recognize what is and isn’t good for you. 

If this is not something you have considered as important, now may be a good time to start considering making a change to natural skin care.  It is never easy to change and the enormous amount of ingredients on most skin care products could make your head swim, but start with a few key ingredients to avoid and as you get used to using more natural products, it will get easier to recognize what is and isn’t good for you. 

A great place to start is with products you use the most often and the most heavily, your body lotion for example.  For every product you intend to use on your skin you should scrutinize it using two criteria:

Question 1:  Does the product contain harmful ingredients?

Question 2:  Does the product contain helpful ingredients?


Below are 4 chemicals you want to make sure you DO NOT see in the ingredients of your skin care products.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or more commonly known as SLS is one of the products which works as a detergent. This toxin is a part of almost 90 percent of products which produce foam.  These products often include shampoo, clothing detergent, and facial cleansers.

Propylene Glycol is one of those products, which are present in the formulation of products such as cosmetics, food products, RV and industrial antifreeze, deodorants and tobacco products as well. When applied topically on injured skin, this toxin could cause chronic illnesses, seizures and even renal failure.

Parabensused mostly is soaps, hair care lotions, creams and even deodorants,  is one of the most fatal types of toxins a personal care product can contain. It mimics the hormone Estrogen, and is known to play a vital role in the development and growth of breast cancers. Moreover, it might be one of the reasons you suffer from other skin disorders, such as Eczema.

Flouride is most commonly used in toothpaste, this toxin is basically used in order to prevent and eliminate decay. However, different studies have shown that Flouride might be one of the most common reasons for bone diseases, and may also be a carcinogenic in some cases.


Now that you know what you don't want, here is a list of ingredients you  

DO WANT

Coconut Oil:  

Tamanu Oil: 

Tea Tree Oil: Often used to combat acne, tea tree oil helps to reduce breakouts, redness and inflammation on the skin.  This oil is also natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal.

Apple Cider Vinegar:  There isn't much Apple Cider Vinegar can’t do.  This is an appealing ingredient to see on any ingredient list.  It is versatile and inexpensive, it can kill pathogens (like bacteria), it can clear skin problems caused by gut issues, and you can use it to clean your skin daily which will help stop acne.   You can also use it as a rinse on your hair to clarify and condition.  Make sure if you purchase Apple Cider Vinegar on its own, that it is organic and contains the "mother".  

Raw Honey:  Raw honey is the only food ingredient that never goes bad or expires.  It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory.  Raw honey is not heated, processed, or pasteurized. Make sure you buy real RAW honey if looking for it in your local grocery store.  Only then will it contain the many nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids that you want.  

Lemon Essential Oil: This essential oil has potent antibacterial properties, it can help fight against acne caused by bacteria clogged in your pores.  It can also help with a variety of skin concerns like, scars, age spots, exfoliation, brightening, oily skin and wrinkles.  Like any essential oil, be sure to use it with carrier oil, like Jojoba Oil, to dilute it, before applying directly to your skin. 

Argan Oil: Argan Oil is a great carrier oil to use with essential oils.  It is also wonderful applied on its own due to its high vitamin content.  It has a good amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants.  It works as a wonderful facial moisturizer and smoother for hair to increase shine.

Aloe Vera: Aloe is most commonly associated with healing burns, but it is also great at fighting bacteria, inflammation, redness and itching.  There are also numerous benefits to ingesting aloe in order to detox and heal your gut.  When applied topically on your skin, it is an excellent healing agent due to its many vitamins, minerals, amino and fatty acids.

Jojoba Oil: This oil is used widely as a moisturizer, and also as a carrier oil for essential oils.  When used on it’s own, it can help heal burns, scars, dermatitis, acne and wrinkles.  Many people use this oil as a hair treatment since it encourages hair growth by unclogging hair follicles.

Shea Butter: Real unadulterated shea butter, has been used as a skin care product in Africa for hundreds of years.  It can be applied directly to skin or hair as a moisturizer, or it can be combined with other essential oils or herbs.  When used with herbs like curcumin or tumeric, it makes an excellent anti-inflammatory/ moisturizing cream. 

So as you can see, there is much to be gained by learning to discriminate a skin care product label, both on what can be harmful and what can be helpful.  Be sure to check out our products page for excellent skin care products that meet the criteria described in this article and help you in your quest for natural skin care products. 

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