Thursday, June 24, 2010

Happy in my Skin

One of the steps that we have taken off the edge of normal is skin care. I posted a few weeks ago about the dangers of sun screen. Unfortunately there are lots of products that are filled with toxins. I just read a very interesting Mercola article and thought I'd share the points that really hit me.

  • Your skin is 1/10 of an inch thick (that is crazy-thin) and it is highly permeable.
I've shared that we have filters on our showers (for that very reason). But we do expose ourselves to chlorine sometimes. We go to a public pool a couple times a week and I know it is filled with chlorine.

This is where I have to balance my goals. I want my girls to know how to swim and we do not own or have access to a pool that is naturally maintained (like with baking soda), so we make the choice to absorb some chlorine so we can have swimmers. But we definitely shower when we get home!
  • Don't put anything on your skin you are not willing to eat.
Isn't that a great rule of thumb? But i suggest you do not take this literally.

The other night I was in bed (and it was dark). I 99.9% of the time keep a spray bottle of throat spray by my bed. I snore (yes, I admit it) and my throat gets dry and uncomfortable sometimes. Well, I woke up and reached beside my clock where the throat spray ALWAYS is, grabbed it and sprayed.............

Ack, oh dear, yikes, and bleh!!! I had left my tea tree oil - oh yeah, the full strength one beside my throat spray. I grabbed the wrong bottle!

I swished water, I drank water, I washed my mouth. I couldn't get the smell off of me. And you now know I'm pregnant and nauseousness is an ever present part of my life. Needless to say this was an "event."

So consider carefully what you are putting on your skin - from makeup to sun screen to lotion to whatever. Google "toxins in skin care" sometime and see what you find. Use natural products in your home and on your body. But don't eat the tea tree oil.



Michelle said...

"Don't eat the tea tree oil" - that could be on a list of things I bet you never thought you'd say, huh?

Where is this pool? Are you allowed to bring friends? ;-)

Carra said...

Hey Michelle,
We go to Bur Mill - we have individual cards to get in so unfortunately not like the science center where it's a straight "two adults." But it is a nice pool and $4 per person which isn't bad.

Annalet said...

I once stumbled into the bathroom in the middle of the night and grabbed the cat's ringworm spray instead of my throat spray. Ugh!

LindaFaye said...

I love the title of your blog and the idea of embracing this season. I am constantly challenging myself to "enjoy the now".

Ratliffs said...

You should look into LBri. It's all natural and food grade too!