A new Fashion Product and a Danger to Life
Touted as a new skincare product, exfoliating body washes and shower gels are
appearing on many supermarket shelves advertised as the ‘next best thing’ for a
healthy looking skin.
These body washes and gels contain micro plastic beads to help remove dead skin
cells and therefore make your skin look younger and healthier.
On the surface, this may seem like a good idea because after all some medical
people tell you that harmful bacteria can potentially crawl under a dead skin
cell to cause an infection. But, this can only occur if you leave your skin
dirty for a long period of time; like days at a time.
If you wash your body once a day using just a very small amount of soap with
your hands or a cloth, you will naturally exfoliate and take away many of the
dead skin cells which are ready to be discarded as well as any pathogens that
may be lingering on your skin.
When pathogens do land on the skin, it takes them a couple of days to make their
way underneath a skin cell to a position where they can begin to cause damage.
But the nature of our skin is such that our skin cells are shed naturally and
regularly before most pathogens have time to become established and skin disease
is relatively rare.
So there is no need to exfoliate and scrub away all the dead and dying skin
cells that are not quite ready to leave the body of their own volition because
it’s not really going to affect your health. Remember the only things that
are going to harm your skin are going for days without washing, environmental
and self applied poisons followed by accidents and infections.
The downside to exfoliation
By removing the layer of dead skin cells from the body, the younger skin cells
are exposed and more susceptible to pathogens as well as normal wear and tear.
You have to remember that the role of dead skin cells is actually to protect the
new cells emerging underneath.
There are times in life when the body feels as though it needs a good scrub, but
even here there is no need to exfoliate. A vigorous wash with a very small
amount of soap will take off most dead skin cells that are ready to leave as
well as massaging the underlying tissues that support the skin. For those who
are really serious about cleansing, a rubdown with a loofah works well as does
drying off with a good quality cotton towel.
The content of the new products
Many soaps, gels and body washes contain a mix of chemicals that are not exactly
healthy. There is a very sound philosophy that says that “if you cannot eat it,
you should not put it on your skin”.
There is something to be said for grandmothers wisdom as some of the chemicals
and what are labelled as body care products can actually be harmful. Many forms
of dermatitis are common symptoms caused by harsh chemicals and detergents used
But the latest ingredient to be added to this range of dubious products are very
tiny or microscopic plastic beads. These can measure less than 1 mm in diameter
and in use they provide a slightly grainy feeling against the skin.
There are many problems with these plastic beads. They can get embedded into
hair follicles and skin pores causing an irritation lasting for several days and
even infections. For men using these products, the risk is far higher because
male bodies are typically much more hairy. And there’s nothing worse than
suffering discomfort for several days just from the simple act of taking a
You may think this sounds pretty bad, but not only are these plastic beads
potentially dangerous for your health, think of what they might do to the
Our rivers and oceans are already full of trash and over the past 200 years, a
great many species of insects and animals have gone extinct. One of the main
contributors to species die off is plastic. Plastic takes an exceedingly long
time to break down in the environment to the extent that anyone eating fish from
the ocean will also be eating some plastic.
Plastic is one of the many
man-made poisons that is not only damaging our environment, it is also
undermining our own health. Plastic releases
are one of the major causes of the declining rate of male fertility and a host
of other diseases.
The bottom line
If you use these products containing plastic, you are a stupid imbecile. Really,
it is harmful for your health and harmful for the environment and there is
nothing healthy or life-sustaining about them.
These products should be banned by law but unfortunately most governments and
regulating authorities are in the pocket of the corporate’s that manufacture
If you are a responsible person, share this information and become more
knowledgeable and responsible for your own body, your own life and life on this
planet. If you do want to have a healthy and radiant appearance, then you must
understand that your skin
is nourished from within.
Therefore you need to eat well, exercise and sweat occasionally, but above all
avoid putting poison in your skin.