I'm shocked when I think that I never used to question if body creams were not safe. It just never occurred to me.
I simply assumed that a beauty company with doctors and white-coated technicians working in a spotless lab would be producing pure products. That their body lotion and creams that would be healthy as well as making us look good.
I do not know anything about you, but I'll bet you're like I was and trust the people who sponsor the full page ads in the glossy fashion magazines.
Well, I'm not like that any more. And here's why.
Whenever you rub body creams and lotions on your face and arms they will have active ingredients in them that make them way through your skin layers into your bloodstream. Think about this. That's exactly what happens when you eat nourishing food; it gently moves from your digestive tract into your bloodstream.
So when you rub on body creams you are effectively "eating" whatever the product-maker has put in the tube.
Sadly, some of them have put chemicals and cheap, industrial ingredients that might give your skin a little temporary boost, but which are actually so gross and unhealthy you would never willingly eat them from a plate. It seems to me that over time these products will do you more harm than good. Because you are putting chemicals and unhealthy compounds into your bloodstream which will then deposit them in the tissues of your body.
Am I right or not?
I am sure I'm on to something here. So this is my first question – should I eat anything that is not pure and healthy? Obviously not.
Right then, here's my second question – what are the short cuts made by the companies making body creams that I need to watch for?
Well, there are lots. But here's a couple to begin your research.
Start with keratin. It's a protein your body depends on for tissue support and general skin quality. Keratin occurs naturally in your body, but manufacturers making body lotion and creams often add it to their products to support and restore aging skin.
Nothing wrong with this, but the source of their keratin might be an issue. You see, almost all of it is made by rendering the other unusable reject parts from dead animals. Hooves, feathers, horns. These things are soaked in acid at high temperatures in a keratin-producing process called hydrolyzation.
How repulsive is that! How can you use body creams made from dead animal parts swept off the bloody floor of a slaughter house? It's obvious to me many product-makers use it because its cheap.
Some body cream makers, however, certainly use keratin extracted from gently sheep wool sourced from farms where sheep are looked after to high standards, using sustainable protocols. This keratin is readily available to skin when applied. It is a perfect, natural, safe ingredient for body lotion and creams. It is not a short cut. Look for it.
Then there's another common group of ingredients in body creams; the parabens. The cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries use them as preservatives, partly because they are so cheap. And if you're buying one of the big-name beauty products you may be using them.
However, some research has linked them to cancer, particularly breast cancer, and unhealthy estrogen levels. These findings are discussed by the big beauty brands. (Of course.) But you might like to look for smaller manufacturers who refuse the short cut, take a precautionary approach, and manufacture without the parabens just in case the scientists are right.
I could go on and on. But I think you can see why I am now cautious when I look at body creams. I recommend you also take a skeptical approach to body lotion and creams. At least do not blindly believe that everything in the tube will be safe and healthy just because the advertising implies that.
In fact, you might like to have a look on my web site http://www.elegant-skincare.com for information about safe body creams and my recommendation of a product-maker who passes my is-it-safe? test.