Using Natural Beauty Products During Pregnancy
Does our body absorb what we put on our skin? Can chemicals in beauty products reach our developing baby?
Some chemicals are small enough to be absorbed into the bloodstream, and others penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. A combination of chemicals can change absorption rates, making another chemicals more easily absorbed.
We pay attention to what we put in our bodies, but what about on our bodies? The average woman uses 12 beauty products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. The use of natural beauty products without synthetic chemicals during pregnancy is beneficial to a developing baby because it reduces the chance of exposure to a variety of chemicals.
The European Union law bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects. However, in the USA, the FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics. The FDA has an "innocent until proven guilty" policy in which no safety testing is required before a product is released for sale.
Skin is the largest organ in our bodies. It acts as a barrier to the outside world and protects us from things such as sun ray and germs. It prevents dehydration, regulates body temperature, and produces hormones that are important for the whole body. Be grateful for all that our skin does for us, and consider using using natural beauty products to care for it.
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