Your skin is the largest organ of the body; most people don’t know this or don’t even give it much thought. And while it is a protective barrier, it also soaks up everything and anything you put on it. Sunscreen, cosmetics, lotions, acne / eczema / rash concoctions, perfumes, bug spray. Sound familiar?
Therefore, most of the chemicals, toxins, and endocrine disruptors in these items are absorbed into your bloodstream. Think about it this way. Would you eat your sunscreen? Would you eat your purple, Jasmine-scented lotion? Many of these products actually worsen your skin condition while professing to make it softer, hydrated, wrinkle or acne free, supple, or elastic.
If you want to learn more safe skin care recipes as well as a step by step guide to oil cleansing, I highly recommend Liz Wolfe's Skintervention Guide. She focuses on healing the skin from the inside out (which totally follows my philosophy) by discussing nutrition, but also gives suggestions for topical applications with ingredients that you could probably find in your kitchen pantry. After reading this, the money I spent on skin care went down significantly.
In reality, there will be a time when you will need a heavy duty bug spray or some sunscreen as per prolonged sun exposure. And I know, ladies, you may not be ready to ditch your medium cover concealer. For these situations, check out the Environmental Working Group’s consumer's guide to skin care and cosmetics and choose the least toxic offenders.