Would you drink the chemicals you are putting on your skin?

Would you drink the chemicals you are putting on your skin?

5 March 2015, 3:53PM
Wright Communications

New Zealanders need to pay as much attention to what they put on their skin as the food they put in their mouths, a skincare specialist has warned.

It takes only 26 seconds to absorb the chemicals in skincare and cosmetics into the bloodstream, according to Sara Quilter, founder of the natural skincare range Tailor Skincare, She says our bodies are actually better at processing chemicals in food than ones absorbed through the skin. “Fortunately, when we are digesting food laced with chemicals, our livers work hard to ensure all toxins are removed but the same cannot be said for our skin.”

U.S researchers have identified 10,500 industrial chemicals that are used as cosmetics ingredients; these include a number of known carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxics, endocrine disruptors, plasticizers, degreasers and surfactants[1].

“The scary thing is people are blissfully unaware that their skincare can be harmful to their health”, says Sara.

“If I gave you a glass of chemicals that are found in popular skincare products and cosmetics, would you drink it? No. Then why are we putting these chemical laden products onto our skin?”

The 2015 Go Green Expo provides a range of organic alternatives with a blockbuster lineup of exhibitors educating those to lead a cleaner, greener lifestyle.

The lineup includes many well-known New Zealand brands such as: Clean Paelo, ecostore, Nice Blocks, Storm & India tea, the organic cleaning company Orchard Organic, Bird on a Wire, Tailor Skincare, and the certified organic cosmetic, INIKA Cosmetics.

When formulating Tailor Skincare's unique products Sara carefully selects each ingredient for their beneficial properties. "For such a tiny country we are so fortunate to have so many native plants with skin loving properties" says Sara. 

INIKA Cosmetics, is a certified organic, vegan, Halal, chemical and cruelty free cosmetic company that provides organic makeup that does not compromise on performance or fashion. INIKA will be providing free makeovers at the Go Green Expo and educating those to make more informed decisions on what they are putting on their skin.

When: Saturday, 18th April and Sunday the 19th of April, 10am-5pm
Where: ASB Showgrounds, 217 Greenlane West, Greenlane, Auckland
Tickets: http://tickets.gogreenexpo.co.nz/event/go-green-expo-auckland/
[1] http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/can-cosmetics-be-absorbed-into-your-bloodstream/
David Suzuki Foundation, What’s inside? That counts. A survey of toxic ingredients in our cosmetics.