Detox Programs, Do They Work? – Part 5 – Your Skin

Part 5

Think about your skin…

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and is plays a major part  in your detox process. You can use saunas to sweat out toxins. However, it’s also a major entry point for toxins. Personal care lotions are absorbed by your skin. Hair colorants and nail polish remover are also hazards. And don’t forget the residue of dry cleaning chemicals in your clothes.

A major problem is the risk of absorption of household chemicals and pesticides. Never get these chemicals on your skin.

Again, it’s very difficult to avoid all these toxins, all you can do is try and minimize your exposure by purchasing the “friendliest” products you can find and afford.  Personally I avoid dry cleaning all together, most garments which state “dry clean only” can be carefully washed by hand then drip dried or steam cleaned. If I think a garment can only be cleaned by dry cleaning I probably wouldn’t even buy it.

Your skin absorbs chlorine and other chemicals used to treat our water supplies. So while you are showering, you are actually absorbing harmful chemicals. The very bad news is that you take these chemicals much more readily through your skin compared to drinking unfiltered water. This information is not new (as the quote from the New Scientist will show) it’s just not well known.

“Taking long hot showers is a health risk…… Showers, and to a lesser extent baths, lead to a greater exposure to toxic chemicals contained in water supplies than does drinking it. The chemicals evaporate out of the water and are inhaled. They can also spread through the house and be inhaled by others. House holders can receive 6 to 100 times more of the chemical by breathing the air around showers and bath than they would by drinking the water.” NEW SCIENTIST, September 1986