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What’s Actually in Your Skincare Products

Last week I wrote about losing five poounds instantly by ditching chemical laden skin care products and replacing them with natural, organic, paleo products. This blog will define what these chemicals are and how they can, do and will affect our bodies and the bodies of the children we are raising. Here is the low-down!

Studies show most Americans have somewhere between 400 and 800 chemicals stored in their bodies, typically in fat cells!!!

According to the Natural Products Association (NPA), prohibited ingredients include:

Parabens– synthetic preservatives and potential endocrine disrupters that can mimic estrogen in the human body.

Research show that parabens have been found in human breast tissue.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a cleaning agent that can irritate skin and strip hair and skin of their natural, protective oils.

Petrolatum, mineral oil, and paraffin, which are nonrenewable by products of crude oil. Petrolatum can be contaminated with endocrine disruptors and carcinogens called polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Glycols, petroleum derived synthetics that may draw other chemicals into the bloodstream.

Phthalates, synthetic fragrances that can be toxic and have been linked to developmental problems and birth defects.

Sodium myreth sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and ethanolalmines, all of which may be carcinogenic.

These Volitile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are found in cosmetics, deodorants and skincare products. VOCs can cause cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment.

Since most chemicals negatively effect the endocrine system, a review of the endocrine system may be helpful here (this is the nurse in me!): What the heck is the endocrine system anyway?
Although we rarely think about the endocrine system, it influences almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies. The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and sexual function and reproductive processes.

In general, the endocrine system is in charge of body processes that happen slowly, such as cell growth. Faster processes like breathing and body movement are controlled by the nervous system. But even though the nervous system and endocrine system are separate systems, they often work together to help the body function properly.

The foundations of the endocrine system are hormones and glands. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers and they transfer information and instructions from one set of cells to another. Many different hormones move through the bloodstream, but each type of hormone is designed to affect only certain cells.
A gland is a group of cells that produces and secretes, or gives off, chemicals. A gland selects and removes materials from the blood, processes them, and secretes the finished chemical product for use somewhere in the body. Endocrine glands release more than 20 major hormones directly into the bloodstream where they can be transported to cells in other parts of the body.
The major glands that make up the human endocrine system include the:

Pituitary gland
Adrenal glands
Pineal body
Reproductive glands (which include the ovaries and testes)

That’s it in a nutshell! Wow! It’s mind blowing to think of all of the chemicals we come in contact with everyday. There really is no need to consciously add more fuel to the fire… Or should I say chemicals to our body. After all, it has been proven that everything (lotion, cream, serum, cleanser, toner) that we apply topically is absorbed and does affect our well being. Next week I will further discuss what these chemicals do to our bodies, our unborn children, and how they effect our youth.

As always, Primal Life Organic’s products never contain ANY of these life altering chemicals.

Why You Should Be Skeptical of Your Personal Care Products

I recently read an article called “More Than Skin Deep. What you need to know about beauty products before you buy”. The article states “a British report estimates that women who use makeup soak in nearly five pounds of cosmetic chemicals each year. The average American uses about 10 different personal care products a day, which can quickly add up to 100 different chemicals.”

 The article continues stating “this is problematic, troublesome and dangerous when you consider that ‘more than one-third of all personal care products contain at least one ingredient linked to cancer’ according to the Environmental Working Group. Never mind the ingredients linked to birth defects.”

This horrendous and scary news is the main reason I develop products that are made of natural, organic, earthen, paleo ingredients. I want to enjoy my “golden years” healthy, not fighting a cancer I could have prevented. I am an advocate for prevention and I’m sure this stems from my 20 year nursing career advocating for patients that are either too sick to advocate for themselves, or not educated enough to know better. I now extend that to my skin care business. Primal Life Organics is my way of advocating for you and your family. There are numerous, uncontrollable cancer-causing variables in our every day life. Some are truly unavoidable. More importantly, some are VERY PREVENTABLE. I understand that organic, natural skin care can be more costly, however, fighting cancer that could have been prevented is far more costly in so many ways (physically, emotionally, financially) for both you and your loved ones. Please don’t mis-read this; I’m not saying if you use organic, natural, paleo products, you will live a cancer free life. However, I can say your chances of living a cancer free life are greater if you avoid slathering your skin in cancer causing chemicals.

You may not lose five pounds on the scale, but this five pounds just might improve the quality of your life without you even knowing it…. And that is the best loss to win!

You can check out all of my products at All of my products are free from: parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, petrolatum, mineral oil, and parafin, glycols, phthalates, sodium myreth sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and ethanol amines. Confused? I will blog about those harmful ingredients in a near future writing. For now, I urge you to I inspect your products and to use organic, natural, and paleo.

Face and Body Package

In the Works

I have been having horrible neck pain for the past 6-8 months and I have no idea why…. Well, maybe I have a clue or three.  My daughter is three and a half and weighs 36 pounds.  My twin boys are 21 months and weigh 30 pounds each.  One of them is ALWAYS attached to my left hip.  Usually it is Cash, but when he feels independent, Romans hops on.  When they are busy, Mia wants a turn.  I am fortunate I do CrossFit because I cannot imagine how much worse it would be if I didn’t stay in shape.  I am strong and healthy and I try really hard to maintain great posture, but after lugging 30 pounds around for more that 15 minutes, and I am sure my posture is less than perfect!

Needless to say, massage therapy… or should I say torture, has helped immensely.  I have a wonderful massage therapist named John that really knows how to crush the knots.  He is comparable to the incredible hulk… especially when he hits the tight spots!  Even with his help, my migraines from muscle strain have continued.  I tend to “tighten up” more on my left side (non-dominant side that I carry the kids) but I do have issues with my right side too.  Actually, I have issues with my entire musculature… just ask John!

Anyway, I am in the process of developing a muscle serum for knots and tension.  I am testing it right now and perfecting the recipe.  So far, I think it has made a difference.  It will be a blend of organic extra virgin olive oil infused with cayenne pepper, menthol crystals, eucalyptus, rosemary and clary sage.  The ‘heat” therapy is the cayenne pepper and the “cold” therapy is the menthol.  The eucalyptus, rosemary and clary sage help to relax and loosen tight muscles and knots.  I apply 2-3 drops to the affected area 2-3 times a day and more frequently when I ham having issues.  Today was a “migraine day” and after three applications and some self-massage, the migraine and muscle ache was gone after about 4 hours.  I hope to have this ready for sale by summer time.

I always love guinea pigs, so if anyone is interested, please contact me through the website.

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