There are a surprising number of people who do not realize that most of the skin care products, cosmetics and other body and personal care products contain harmful chemicals. These chemicals cause dry skin, eczema and other skin conditions and, as they are absorbed into the body through the skin, also cause damage to our internal organs.
The first thing a person should consider eliminating is any product containing fragrances. One of the major problems is the ingredient known as toluene, a pleasant-smelling substance made from petroleum or coal tar. Although there haven't been enough studies done on humans to determine whether or not toluene causes cancer, it is well known to damage the central nervous system and can also cause anemia, lowered blood cell count, and damage to the liver and kidneys. Pregnant woman exposed to toluene have been known to give birth to deformed babies.
Toluene also breaks down the skin's natural protective layer resulting in rashes and red, dry, itchy skin.
Amazingly, toluene is contained in almost all synthetic perfumes and other fragrances, in nail polishes, cosmetics and other skin care products. Is it any wonder why the prevalence of dry skin and eczema has reached epidemic proportions?
One's best bet is to get familiar with the companies that produce natural skin care products, do some pretty thorough research on their ingredients and their philosophy and, once you find one that's reputable, try to use their products as much as possible. Of course, you should also always use a shielding lotion: it's an effective moisturizing lotion that bonds with the outer layer of the skin to form a new protective layer that keeps out chemicals.
"A shielding lotion is a new kind of lotion. It is a new technology that blends moisturizers with a light silicone material that is like a liquid film. It bonds with the outer layer of the skin and helps keep the skin's natural protective barrier intact, which keeps the moisture-robbing irritants out and your own natural oils and moisture in," said Dr. Peter Helton a board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in Newport Beach, California.