Did you know that our skin is our body’s largest organ?
Our skin protects us in more ways than we know so I thought I’d shed some light on the topic. With toxins floating around in most skincare products, it’s never been more important to buy skincare products from brands that have our best interest at heart.
I want this short post to help you learn about some of the functions of our skin, along with a few reason why you should buy cruelty-free, natural + organic, non-GMO, paraben-free, synthetic fragrance-free, vegan skin care products from brands like Rustic MAKA.
Our skin protects us
National Geographic explained the science of our skin in great detail in the following few paragraphs.
“Skin is made up of three layers. The outermost is the epidermis. This consists mainly of cells called keratinocytes, made from the tough protein keratin (also the material in hair and nails). Keratinocytes form several layers that constantly grow outwards as the exterior cells die and flake off. It takes roughly five weeks for newly created cells to work their way to the surface. This covering of dead skin is known as the stratum corneum, or horny layer, and its thickness varies considerably, being more than ten times thicker on the soles of the feet than around the eyes. The epidermis harbors defensive Langerhans cells, which alert the body’s immune system to viruses and other infectious agents.
The epidermis is bonded to a deeper skin layer below known as the dermis, which gives the organ its strength and elasticity thanks to fibers of collagen and elastin. Blood vessels here help regulate body temperature by increasing blood flow to the skin to allow heat to escape, or by restricting the flow when it’s cold. A network of nerve fibers and receptors pick up feelings such as touch, temperature, and pain, relaying them to the brain.
The dermis houses hair follicles and glands with ducts that pass up through the skin. Sweat glands bring down internal temperature through perspiration while ridding the body of the waste fluids urea and lactate. Apocrine glands, which develop during puberty, produce a scented sweat linked to sexual attraction that can also cause body odor, especially around the armpits. Sebaceous glands secrete oil-like sebum for lubricating the hair and skin.
The skin’s base layer is the subcutis, which includes a seam of fat laid down as a fuel reserve in case of food shortage. It also works as insulation and cushions us from knocks and falls.”
In other words, our skin helps us cool down when overheated, heat up when too cold, alert the body’s immune system for viruses and other infectious agents, lubricate our hair through secreting oils, aids us with some back-up fuel for times of need, and much more.
These, along with many other reasons, are why we should avoid buying toxic skincare products!
Common toxins in skincare products
Some ingredients can bind to estrogen or testosterone receptors in a weak way and affect tissues in your body. For example, parabens, in almost all skin lotions, which are used as a preservative, act like a weak estrogen and are associated with breast cancer. Phthalates are in lotions and perfumes and have been associated with changes in developing mice, male mice and some studies suggest changes in human fetuses. And some are most risky for fetuses and pregnant women and children.
What’s an easy way to check the safety of skincare products? Google, EWG (Environmental Working Group) skin deep, then put the name of your product in the search. If the risk score for your product is zero to two, that’s awesome. If it’s three to six, think again and it it’s over six you should highly consider ditching it and buying a healthy and toxic-free version of the product.
If you search “Rustic MAKA” (which is the vegan skincare brand I partnered up with), you’ll find that their products all have a score of 1, which is great!
So, how do you take care of your largest organ?
Buy your skincare products from a brand that actually cares about you.
Beauty and skincare have become huge industries in our industrialized world, so it’s not surprising that their are toxins in most products. For us, the consumers, the best thing we can do is give our money to brands and companies that produce healthy and natural skincare products that aren’t detrimental to the environment.
This is why I support/love Rustic MAKA so much.
Here’s a small passage from their website!
(You can read more about their core value here)
“Rustic MAKA’s products go beyond today’s standards of natural and pay tribute to the Earth by supporting organic practices and sustainable applications. Our aim is to first and foremost effectively nourish and enhance your body without any toxic ingredients. We use organic ingredients when possible, as we believe they are the best for our bodies. When organic ingredients are not available, we select wild crafted or nature-derived options, without compromising quality and effectiveness. Our products are cruelty-free and vegan certified and tested in the real world on real (and willing!) people who, just like you, are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
This says a LOT about a brands’ core values. They’re willing to forfeit optimum savings by sourcing the RIGHT ingredients from the RIGHT places, along with giving back to the worlds’ needs!
And to make it even better, Rustic MAKA is a family owned business that makes all of their products in-house in the USA.
With that said, I wish you the best of luck on your search for healthy/environmentally-friendly skincare products. And remember, you don’t have to just buy from Rustic MAKA, there are tons of brands out there, just make sure you’re doing your best to give a conscious effort towards giving your skin and our environment what they deserve.
Lastly, if you have any particular questions about your skin condition, my friends at Rustic MAKA will happily help you! Just message them on Instagram or contact them through their websites’ contact page 🙂
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