It was not till recently that I became super conscious about what I put on my skin. For many years, I picked a lotion that was attractive looking and within my skin care budget without a thought to ingredients. That's because I did not realize that skin is very absorbent and what you put on it will end up in your blood. Recently I did an audit of all the products in my home and was shocked to find
1) Most of my soaps, scrubs, lotions has a minimum of thirty ingredients
2) Many of the ingredients are harmful
3) The skin care and cosmetics industry is totally unregulated and companies put all kinds of things in their products.
Below are a few examples:
Biore pore unclogging scrub
Notice all those things? There is an excellent database: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ where you can plug in all those chemicals and get a toxicity, study, and other detailed information. For instance: