Once we start questioning the presence of harmful chemicals in our food, at some point we start questioning everything. It can be very overwhelming! If the ingredients of your favorite soap include a large number of incomprehensible words, chances are, that you are applying chemical substances to your skin that could potentially be dangerous to your health! Some chemicals in soaps have been associated with disruption of hormones, allergies, reproductive issues and cancer!
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It protects us from the environment, but there are many substances that can penetrate the skin barrier. These chemicals go directly into the bloodstream, without being detoxified by the liver as it happens with substances ingested by mouth.
There are many factors that affect the absorption of substances applied to the skin, such as concentration of the chemical in the product, duration of contact with the product, solubility of substance in product, physical condition of skin (presence of cuts and abrasions), and the part of the body it is applied.
Of course one might say that when using soap it is almost immediately washed away. And it is true, but it doesn’t matter how well you rinse, not 100% of the soap is always washed away. There are still small amounts of soap left on your skin even after you leave the shower. If that happens every day for a lifetime, there is enough opportunity for toxic substances to be absorbed and cause problems!
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