The skin is our largest organ of our bodies and anything applied to it — moisturizer, soap, cosmetics, sun care — is absorbed into the body and the blood stream just as if you had eaten it.
It wasn't until I had children that I became incredibly aware of the products I was buying for my family. It started when my daughter broke out in a prickly rash and had recurring bladder infections. Her pediatrician said it was due to the chemicals in her sunscreen like PABA and parabens, as well as the chemicals in her soap, such as Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate.
I couldn't believe all the chemicals in the products I was using and their harmful potential not only for my young children, but also for myself as their mother. The average adult is exposed to over 150 hazardous chemicals each day. As parents, it's possible to control everything our families are exposed to despite how hard we try.
But we CAN control what we choose to buy. I've become an avid reader of labels and ingredients, and want to share some of what I've learned with you.
Be aware of the following chemicals in everyday products for their potentially negative effects on both you and your children: