Selfishness is a strong trait that all living beings are characterized by. Although it has a very negative connotation, in reality the natural chain of living needs this trait for survival purposes. All around the world, no matter what species we are looking at, we should always observe that selfishness is the means of getting by day after day and seeing that yourself and your relatives will survive to pass their genes on. Nevertheless, this does not constitute an argument for living selfishly and in disregard of what happens around us. If we consider selfishness an inborn trait that we can however shape through behavior, we should also acknowledge that during all this time we’ve been on the planet, joining forces, creating communities has won the survival battle. But what does living in a community mean!?
Let us look at the world as a mandala which is a spiritual symbol representing the universe. A mandala has a symmetrical form revolving around a circle and its’ pattern is extremely intricate with each element being essential in the grand design. Now, if we perceive the world we live in as such, we should be able to understand that we are the micro-elements that form and shape it. Therefore, our behavior at a micro level will influence the elements closest to us and so on, just like a domino game. This brings us to the point where we need to assess our actions and understand that what we use produces waste and that waste circles back into the environment. Earth acts as a mandala because every time something goes out, it has to come back one form or another, it’s a cycle, the life cycle.
We are not alone, we do not live as separated individuals and even if we throw something away, it does not mean it has disappeared from our lives. The waste we produce is coming back to haunt us because nature is gradually failing to absorb and destroy all that we put out there. You may wonder what does this have to do with our skin and body care. Just like we are concerned with finding and buying the best products for our care, as organic as possible, as natural and nourishing as possible and closer to nature as it can get, we should be equally concerned with the residue of this products, the part that we water- cleanse, we spit back and goes down the drain. Not to mention the packaging that goes out into the garbage can and off into nature and in our oceans. But that is a bigger story, a more visible one that we should already be aware of. Going back to what we throw down the drain, into the water sewage system and straight out into the seas and oceans, awareness must be raised and a critical alarm sign hanged right before our eyes. Into our everyday use products, next to all the healthy and yummy ingredients that take care of our young looking face skin and our baby smooth body skin, lay a number of additives for beauty purposes that, although apparently harmless for the human body, represent a small but serious threat for the environment. Plastic pollution is a very present problem we are facing. And though everyone’s’ thought goes to the small islands of plastic bags and bottles covering large surfaces of water, the actual problem has much deeper implications. Tiny bits of plastic, 8 trillion bits of tiny plastic to be exact, and that is only in the US, reach oceans and lakes on a daily basis, recent research has showed. And thikind of plastic pollution is not due to bad waste management, it is about what goes down the drain of each and every one of us every day, even the most eco-friendly of us, by simply brushing our teeth. Toothpaste alone contains these tiny bits of plastic which are called micro beads and they are creating a real pollution crisis.
Micro beads are solid plastic particles of less than 1 millimeter at most and are manufactured out of polyethylene or other petrochemical plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene. Their role in cosmetic products is to act as exfoliating agents and they can be found in soaps, facial scrub and toothpastes. The micro size and the spherical shape of these beads make them excellent in creams and lotions by giving a silky texture, making them spreadable and even visually appealing if colored.
The environmental problem these micro beads impose is due to the fact that they do not decompose and are small enough to pass unfiltered through sewage treatment plants making their way into rivers, canals and oceans. Moreover, the beads can absorb and concentrate pollutants like pesticides while an important number of wildlife, from the smallest fish to the largest mammals, mistake them for real food. By ingesting these plastics, the animals transfer the toxicity to others along the food chain. The math is simple. Wildlife is affected, the toxicity kills some species while others starve because of lack of food source, they gradually go extinct, the food chain is shaken, the environment that relies on each element to give their contribution loses balance and we, as humans, are caught in this same cycle of extinction.
Our world mandala is broken, incomplete and will get washed away. This is why it is crucial to become aware, but most importantly to start taking action towards protecting our planet if we want the planet to continue nurturing us.
Law-makers are listening though, and with the help of supporting scientific evidence and the vocal implication of environmental advocates, regulation for banning the use of micro beads in personal care products is starting to spread. Remember how we previously talked about the circular trajectory of life!?
Well, as important as it is to be environmentally friendly and caring, it is equally necessary to be self-friendly and caring.
This means that our focus should just as much go to keeping our bodies healthy, preventing disease and making sure what goes in and on our bodies will not cause a bigger damage on the long term.
Did you know that the skin is actually an organ and it is the largest one in our body!? It is covering and protecting the entire surface of our bodies and it is the gate to our internal organs. Similar to ancient times when the gate to the fortress needed on the clock guarding so that everyone and everything inside will remain safe and happy, the skin needs intensive protection and care in order to keep our body’s organs and functions working happily and at full capacity. When choosing a specific product that will come in contact with our skin one way or another, whether it is a face cream, a nail polish, a fungus solution or a common hand washing soap, we need to consider what it is that we put in our bodies through that product. The skin itself makes no distinction between good and bad, instead it has the quality to absorb whatever you put on it.
A study observing skin’s absorption rate of compounds from common drinking water reached the conclusion that a staggering 64% of contaminants had been successfully taken in. On the other hand, our skin’s texture varies from one body part to another which means that the absorption rate differs as well. Studies focusing on this aspect found out that the skin on our faces is much more permeable than on our wider body parts like arms, back, legs and so on. Yet, face skin is not the most vulnerable as our armpits and genitalia seem to win the prize for 100% absorption rate and sensitivity and we should pay even more attention to the kind of hygiene products we use on these areas especially.
To put things into perspective let us point out the fact that a common care product usually contains anything from 15 to 50 different ingredients and on average, a woman uses 9 to 15 products each day and we come to the shocking conclusion that, combined, women put on their skin every day somewhere around 515 individual chemical ingredients.
A survey conducted on more than 2300 people has indicated that the average adult uses about 9 care products a day with 126 unique chemical ingredients. Both men and women are exposed to these ingredients in products and even though women are using them on a larger scale, the statistics look as follows: one of every 13 women and one of every 23 men are exposed to human carcinogens every day, one out of every 24 women are exposed to known or probable reproductive and developmental toxins that link to impaired fertility or can be harmful for the baby in the womb or a child, one of every 5 adults are potentially exposed to all of the top seven carcinogenic impurities found in cosmetics. The most common ingredient that is being used by 94% of women and 69% of men is the hydroquinone. Upon reading these numbers you might think why is it that these products pass certification and authorization to enter the market when clearly they are harmful and put us at high risk for diseases.
The problem lays in the way the safety panel assesses the exposure, meaning they consider data separately for each ingredient, ignoring the additive effects of using all of these ingredients and products at once, each day for long periods of time. Not to mention the added contamination of the body from the multiple sources in the environment other than care products. Leaving our bodies in the hands of such authorities inflicts long term damage, the solution is to care for ourselves as thoroughly as possible.
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Its’ vitamin E richness and the fatty acid composition work towards giving the skin a natural boost. Argan oil, also referred to as “liquid gold”, is a widely used cosmetic because of its’ composition which brings tremendous benefits to the hair and skin and on top of that it is easily absorbed by the skin, does not leave a greasy sensation and it does not irritate. The Moroccan Argan Oil makes for the most awesome universal moisturizer, extremely easy to use by applying a few drops of oil and gently rubbing it in. Argan oil is your loyal right hand, restoring skin elasticity and reducing the visibility of the wrinkles. You just need to massage it on your face and neck before bed. On the other hand, if you simply suffer from dry skin, eczema, itchy face, the answer is the same. The argan oil prevents dryness and irritation and repairs damaged skin through its vitamin E and fatty acids composition. At the opposite end of dry skin lays acne problems that result from oily skin. Might seem paradoxical that a highly nutritive oil could benefit an acne challenged face, but in reality the content of anti-oxidants makes it a good cure for damaged skin and helps reduce inflammation while balancing the skins’ natural moisture. Sore, irritated or even burned skin can be healed and protected with just a few drops of argan oil. During and after pregnancy, women battle stretch marks that are inevitable, anesthetic and a self-esteem buster. By applying argan oil you increase skin elasticity and can even prevent the developing of stretch marks on your stomach, breasts, bottom and thighs. Its’ moisturizing qualities are equally effective for hand and nails and cracked, sore lips, especially during winter. Aside from your face and body skin, this essential oil is a good friend to your hair as well. It has been proven to give the hair a softer, silkier and shinier aspect and texture. It can act as a successful hair conditioner treating split ends and tired, dry hair. Do not wait any longer, try Virginic Maroccan Argan Oil.