Your skin does a pretty great job of keeping things out of your bloodstream. But there’s a lot of controversies out there about how much the top layer of your skin actually absorbs. Skincare ingredients are either absorbed into your skin cells before entering your blood circulation, or they are retained and stored into the glands.
When the ingredients are absorbed into your cells before entering your blood circulation, they pass between cells. When they’re absorbed into glands, they’re retained and stored before being excreted by the body.
Depending on which way you look at it, this can be good or bad news. Why? Because we want to good ingredients like vitamin C and E to penetrate the top layer of skin. But we don’t want the bad guys, like Retinol-A, to get in where it shouldn’t be entering. And that’s why it’s essential to clean up your skin care routine as much as possible.
Here are three simple but super effective tips to help minimize the damage and clean up your skincare routine.
1. Find products that are formulated with organic ingredients
This one is pretty easy to understand. Whenever a product’s ingredient list is super long and contains items that you can’t even pronounce, it’s probably laden with harmful chemicals. Here at Clean Skin Club, we’re all about creating products that won’t harm your skin. We love using natural clays and minerals and nourishing butters and oils. If you’re not sure about how toxic certain ingredients are, do yourself a favor and search it on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. You’ll be amazed and what you learn!
2. Steer clear of fragrances
Whenever a product contains “fragrances”, it actually spells out that it’s made with a bunch of hidden chemicals. Fragrances are considered “trade secrets” and are used in an abundance of skin care products. The catch with fragrances is that manufacturers don’t have to disclose the actual ingredients used for those fragrances. It’s just so much safer to opt for products that are scented with essential oils. Essential oils are sources from seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other plant parts. They’re totally natural and the safest option you can choose.
3. Go minimal
How many products do you currently have lined up as part of your daily routine? There’s a cleanser and a toner, a moisturizer and cover-up. Then you’ve got lip balm and mascara, shampoo and conditioner, hair spray, oh yes, and some perfume. All in all, you’re probably using WAY too much. Cutting back on the number of products you use won’t only help you save money, but it also cuts down on the amount of packaging you need to dispose of. Not only can you reduce the number of chemicals you subject yourself and your body to on a daily basis, but you’ll also be greener for it. It’s always better to use fewer, safer products than an army of toxic ones.