Products that affect your health and wellbeing don’t simply work their way through your body by travelling the gut alone…

An often overlooked route is the transdermal skin route. It allows substances (the beneficial and the bad) to enter your bloodstream and circulate through your body. So, if you are what you eat, and you are what you apply, the question is: What are you?

A Little Bit About Skin

Skin is our largest organ. We’ve all been taught it but rarely does this knowledge sink in. It’s main purpose is to keep the inside in, and the outside, well…out. Not only that but Ecobiologists consider skin as a living ecosystem of different cells that interact with each other. So it’s kind of like the Great Barrier Reef of organs.

But we humans are really clever at outsmarting our skin’s tried and true purpose and have found ways to administer chemicals transdermally (that is, through the skin’s pores, through living skin cells and into our bloodstream. This method is highly effective and is commonly used in nicotine patches, birth control and of course UV protection.

But just like our diet, shouldn’t we be vigilant about what each product contains and what effect it can have on our skin and entire bodies? Carefully read the label of most packaged food items and pretty quickly you find unpronounceable names that the average person has no idea about. Unfortunately this is true for the cosmetics industry too.

Becoming Cosmetic Conscious

So what is to be done? What steps can we take to become more conscious about the products we consume though our skin or otherwise? Here are two simple steps forward:

  • First, it is crucial to scrutinise the ingredient list and active ingredients of any product. You don’t have to get a degree in chemical engineering but familiarising yourself with some of the more toxic chemicals is a good idea. 

    It’s important to note that many chemicals have been approved for use by regulatory authorities (NICNAS in Australia) and many claim this to be proof of their safety. Often these chemicals are unnecessary for the products purpose, like artificial fragrances or fillers. But products with natural ingredients are always the better option in terms of safety and they generally don’t need a governing body to tell us so. 
  • Secondly, consider the amount of exposure your skin will have with a product. Cosmetics that you use more frequently like skin lotions, sunscreens and shampoo require careful consideration due to the amount and length of time that the skin is subjected to that treatment. 

    Items like hand soaps and cleansers come into little contact with our skin in comparison. With products such as these we can afford to be a little more relaxed but the same steps can be applied.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by lists of ingredients but the simple solution is to first make a decision as to what you are willing to put in your body and secondly, get to know the natural product alternatives that are out there.

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Invigorating and nourishing moisturiser for dry skin. Combines the anti-oxidant rich Desert Lime with the detoxifying powers of Kelp.

Keeping this in mind, all Rohr Remedy products contain highly concentrated extracts, achieved using a patented technique, which keeps the whole of the nutrients of the plant material. The key actives prevent degradation and oxidisation. It also enables better absorption.

Kind-ly 100% Natural Deodorant -
An organic probiotic deodorant with healthy magnesium, that seriously works!

Kind-ly Natural Deodorants are enriched with probiotics & magnesium. The probiotics introduce good bacteria to the underarms which helps to keep the bad (smelly) bacteria at bay. They changed the game when it comes to ingredients typically found in natural deodorants to create an amazingly effective formula in an easy to use roll on.

“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food”, said Author and activist Michael Pollen.

Let’s start saying the same about our cosmetic world.