Taking care of the skin is very important because the skin is our first line of defense against the assaults of our environment such as pollution, UV light, heat, and infections. The skin is essential for survival; as it regulates body temperature, retains fluids, eliminates wastes, protects us from disease and allows us to the sense of touch. Many of us often are not of the realization that what we put on our skin enters our body.

Most of the commercial cosmetic care products contain dangerous chemicals, artificial colorings, hormones and too many synthetics. These harmful ingredients get absorbed by the skin and enter the body which can cause serious health problems over time.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is made up of several different layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and a layer of fat. New skin cells are constantly being produced by the epidermis. The new skin cells rise to the top replacing the old skin cells. Within the skin we find blood vessels, nerves, oil glands, sweat glands, collagen and hair follicles. The blood vessels and the sweat glands regulate the temperature of the body. The oil glands produce sebum, the oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. With perspiration it moistens and protects the skin, it also makes the skin waterproof. The skin also produces melanin. Melanin gives our skin its pigment and protects us from UV light. When the skin gets exposed to the sun, extra melanin is made to protect us from getting burned. The darker the skin, the more melanin the skin contains.

It is essential that we take care of our skin, allowing it to function as designed, and is an important part of total health. Do not put it on your skin if you cannot eat it. What you apply to your skin does enter the bloodstream. Always look at the ingredients, read the labels carefully. Do not just trust any skin care products that claim to be natural while containing ingredients like: paraben and phthalates. Paraben are used in many different skin products such as lotions, shampoos, creams, make up and other care products. Paraben act as an agent to help prevent bacterial growth. And while they are cheap to produce paraben can cause serious health problems. Phthalates are chemicals used to soften plastics but they are also used in personal care products like skin lotions to help soften the skin. Phthalates can be absorbed through the skin and or inhaled. We must be aware of these dangerous chemicals as these can also cause serious health problems. The following provides more information on phathalates.

Not Too Pretty; Phthalates, Beauty Products & the FDA

Antibacterial products are another significant threat to our health today. Everywhere you go you see people using antibacterial potions like hand sanitizers. Schools make children put hand sanitizer on their hands several times a day. Everywhere you see more and more antibacterial soaps and cleaning products. By using these antibacterial soaps and cleaners we do more harm than good as germs are becoming more resistant, we are weakening our immune system, and when this stuff goes down the drain it contributes to their presence in the wastewater and ends up in our environment. Furthermore, antibacterial household products may kill off too many of the "good bacteria" that naturally live on our skin and in our guts. This increases the likelihood that the "bad bacteria" will become overabundant. A good all natural soap and warm water is all we need to keep our hands and bodies clean. Bacteria are everywhere and most of the bacteria are not harmful. Bacteria have just as much right to be here as we do, they should not harm us if we have a healthy immune system; that is why we need to take good care of our bodies by building a healthy immune system and we do that by eating whole foods, sleeping well, exercise, rest, we need sunlight, drink pure water and of course the right way of thinking.