As a green beauty blogger, I face this question daily. Will the toxic ingredients that I spend so much time avoiding actually kill me? My initial answer might surprise you. I don’t really think so. Do I think toxic ingredients are a good idea? Definitely not.
Generally, a series of events, emotions, and toxicity build up before a person gets sick. It is not usually an isolated incident. Viewing a person holistically means developing the entire picture of dis-ease—not merely one snapshot.
When studies show parabens, like methylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben, are found in breast cancer tissue—that’s a section of a panoramic photo.
Widening the lens would mean disclosing the emotional trauma, grief, or unresolved feelings of shame, guilt, anxiety, or resentment that the person has been carrying too, among other stored baggage. And with that information, the picture spans a few inches more.
Add in a poor diet full of refined sugar, denatured ingredients, soda, and hydrogenated oils, along with lack of exercise, and we formulate a fuller profile. Even then, the picture is not complete.
Doctors are on the fence about toxicology reports too. Some say there is a clear correlation between cancer and the use of certain chemical compounds, while others dismiss it.
As with all scientific studies and ensuing interpretations, it is imperative to develop a keen sense of discernment, and beyond that—a heightened intuition about your own body and what makes it tick.
Without a doubt, lightening the toxic load contributes to better health and a more sustainable environment. It means unburdening our bodies from yet another stress factor. Selecting natural and organic skin care that is truly pure means you just ‘photoshopped’ the negative to enhance the positive. It means one less detoxification needed. It means one less harmful chemical spewed into the air we breathe, infecting our oceans and landfills, and massaged into our largest, porous organ—the skin.
It means that we care about our health, our world, and the future condition of our planet. Our choices affect not only our generation, but generations to follow.
It also means that, standing alone, using products with toxic ingredients probably will not kill you. But why take the chance?
*Artwork by Miriam Briks