I felt compelled to write this blog post for your reading pleasure over these past few weeks as my philosophy of “If you can’t eat it, don’t apply it” has been really put to the test.
Lately, I have found myself deeply analysing the individual ingredients of many Network Marketing beauty products that are currently on the market and constantly finding that these so called “natural” products, which is how they’re being marketed, are actually not completely natural at all.
I found myself in this predicament as more and more of the people I know or friends of friends are seeking a new way to make a living in this life and are being sucked into these Multi Level Marketing ideals and in turn (in order to make sales), are contacting me about getting involved in these businesses. They seem to be either focusing only on the money making aspect of the business, or having some knowledge but not really understanding the full negative impact of the ingredients in these products (such as palm oil or parabens), or they are just completely ignorant to such issues.
Due to what I have experienced thus far in my life, I personally cannot overlook the ingredients list on literally anything that crosses my path nowadays, not for money, for effect of beauty products or for flavour in food. If it’s not as nature intended, I really do my best to steer clear.
I’ve heard time and time again the principle of “if you cant eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin” from the likes of Don Tolman and his son Tyler Tolman, many naturopaths I have met along my journey, the Webber family who have been my rock in the hardest of times, and most importantly, my gut instincts. It stands to reason – your skin is the largest organ you have in your whole body. Why do people think its some sort of completely non-absorbent protective shield that doesn’t let anything into your body? And much to our disgust, skin tends to let things out of it – such as sweat and pimples, etc.
Breaking news: your skin is not a one-way street.
As a general rule of thumb, if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t use it on your skin. Undeniably you metabolise things differently when absorbed through the skin than when you ingest things, however, your skin is the largest organ you have. It literally absorbs everything it touches (one of the best ways to absorb magnesium into your body is to walk along the beach with bare feet), so why would you want a myriad of chemicals ranging from low hazardous, to well known chemicals linked to cancer, being absorbed through your skin and floating around in your blood stream? Keeping in mind that these tend to be ‘bio-accumulative’, which means they build up faster than your body can release the toxins over time, as you continue to unknowingly use these seemingly harmless products each and every day, for a wide range of reasons? Want clean hair? Use shampoo. Want soft and detangled hair? Use conditioner. You don’t want to sweat and smell? Use antiperspirant. Want clean teeth and fresh breath? Use toothpaste and mouth wash. Want youthful skin? Use moisturiser.
Labels and marketing have much to answer for. Brands and familiar “trustworthy” companies and fantastic media and advertising campaigns unfortunately wont tell you the truth about what you will be absorbing through the largest organ you have when using their products. Instead, they will sell you on the supposed fantastic effects of the product, the ease of application and affordability of the products, in fact, they will distract you and steer you well clear of ever even wondering “wait, what is this stuff actually made of?”, after being sold on so many other things (which may or may not be true, about the effectiveness of the products in question). It’s alarming to me that the majority of people then simply will not even care what is actually in these supposed “amazing/revolutionary” products they have just been sold on.
Ingredients don’t lie, people do. I really believe that all people have good in them. There is light and dark in everyone and everything, so I am not pointing fingers here and claiming that the individuals that make up marketing teams are evil in any way shape or form; they’re no doubt making a living like everyone else in a way that they enjoy for whatever reason like the rest of us, supporting themselves or their families, no one is debating that. All I am trying to highlight here, is that for whatever greater good reason, that people choose to cover up the truth or “lie” to the masses, or sell things as something else other than what they truly are, that is their prerogative: JUST AS IT IS YOURS TO CHOOSE TO KNOW THE TRUTH, and allow yourself to therefore live the life that YOU choose – not one where you are ignorant and lied to frequently with the wool over your eyes. Needless to say, choosing a life of awareness must come with a lot of self education – there are going to be times you read an ingredients list and you have absolutely no idea what any of those things are. Some things are just the long-winded scientific names for completely natural things, whereas others are deadly toxins. Choosing to become familiar with the world we live in is by no means an easy choice. In fact, most things that are good for us are difficult.
Ingredients lists are annoyingly written in very small writing, much smaller than all other content on the packaging of whatever it is we are looking at here – food products, beauty products, anything that you didn’t pick yourself from your own chemical-free garden or create yourself, should have an ingredients list or public knowledge of what chemicals were used in its creation. The network marketing companies really make it difficult for you to obtain the ingredients lists, but I assure you, when you push enough and dig deep enough, they exist… and the ones I have gotten to the bottom of are nasty. If you want to live a life you choose it is admittedly becoming more and more difficult to do so, but the truth IS there for you to discover if you so choose. I strongly urge you to have a read of the ingredients in things that you apply to the skin or ingest on a daily basis – you might find that the bacon you love is actually not just a cutting from a pig, but in fact a multitude of chemicals that they only divulge to you upon request at your butcher – sales probably wouldn’t be so high if they had the full ingredients list out there plain to see now would they?
It’s human instinct to want to LIVE. Survival is ingrained in us. Seeing that your beauty products are laced with cancer causing ingredients and so is your bacon, and knowing that cancer is detrimental to your survival, this creates a choice – to knowingly take a step away from survival, or to choose survival. It’s very clever that ingredients lists are hidden and small and difficult to read and to obtain. Companies and individuals perhaps fear loss of income if the truth is exposed and easily accessible. Honestly, I don’t know how these people sleep at night, but because I believe in the good of every individual I see it as the need to make a life somehow and I cannot argue with that. I cannot change how the world is run at the current point in time, I can only change what I choose to support and use and eat in this life-time. I can only make these personal, individual changes, and spread awareness of my own doing, in the hope that more will look to the truth and to their own individual welfare instead of continuing to allow the wool to be pulled over their eyes, so to speak.
Might I add that plants have a point; each one serves a purpose just as we do, just as all things do. To be fair, I wouldn’t be expressing myself and sharing my viewpoint publicly on the toxicity of skin applied products if it weren’t for the creation of them in the first place and the detrimental effects they have on the human race, so yes, all things serve a purpose! Plants however can be found to serve a predominantly very beneficial purpose to humans. Aloe Vera for example can be effectively used on the skin for general well being and on sunburn and also ingested. Both uses are beneficial to humans. All I am saying is, can we not embrace the individual purpose of plants and heal ourselves, how nature intended?
We are all connected and part of nature. Human beings have the consciousness to effectively manipulate and change natural things in their raw form to a more accessible or more potent form. We are all alchemists in our own right. Alchemy being defined simply as turning one thing into another, we can see that each time we combine ingredients such as in a salad or colours of paint or different oils for your skin care regime, you are performing alchemy. We are all powerful and skilled alchemists – we practice each and everyday! So I urge each one of you to see this in yourself and follow your gut instincts and have faith in your own ability to find the truth in what other people used in their mixtures before you apply to your own body or life, and perhaps, venture a little into creating your own mixtures for health and wellbeing.
And remember, if you can’t eat it, I would highly advise against putting it on your skin. Why would you want to poison yourself anyway? Regardless of the amount? Why not have all those amazing benefits that the advertising companies would have you believe, from a substance you can apply to the skin AND eat, knowing full well it will not harm you and in fact will bring you nothing but benefits – like Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil.
My partner Scott and I got a fair bit of sun when we were travelling through Greece a few weeks ago, and I had a little think about what was happening to our skin and how to counteract it with the things I had on hand. I ended up mixing some coconut oil, with avocado oil, colloidal silver and some fresh aloe vera I picked from a random plant I found near where we were staying. I gave us a big dose of vitamin c that night too. I just went with my gut instincts and my basic knowledge of what each of these ingredients does to the human body and their effects and it felt right to combine them and apply them, knowing full well that if I ate them also, it could only mean benefit for me. The following morning after application, our sun kissed skin was more supple and smooth and nourished than I had seen before and the red was all taken away. To my knowledge colloidal silver tends to heal things faster than normal and kills bacteria, coconut oil and avocado oil nourish and moisturise the skin, aloe vera is extremely healing and cooling and vitamin c helps to rebuild the skin at a cellular level with collagen. These are things I had on hand, this was my personal gut feeling to combine and make use of these ingredients for a certain outcome.
Why not feel into doing this any time a remedy of some sort is needed? We each have the power to create, although it’s entirely your choice to do so. Live the life you love! Knowledge and awareness is powerful and allows for educated choices for the longevity of the vessel you have been gifted in this life. If this stuff interests you as it does me, I urge you to get out there and do some detective work on the things in your immediate surroundings and what effects they’re having on your long term existence! You’re not alone, somewhere some place in the world, I too am standing in an isle at the shops reading the ingredients lists of the products I am buying.
Much love and inspiration and motivation and knowledge to you beautiful people!!
<3 Sarah Weitenberg <3