The skin is the largest organ of the body. It is not a complete barrier to entry. What gets onto the skin goes in!
Among the many public poisons are the synthetic fabrics many people often wear next to their skin. Polyester is the worst fabric. Acrylic fibers are polycrylonitriles and may cause cancer according to the EPA. Rayon is recycled wood pulp that must be treated with chemicals to survive regular washing and wearing. Acetate and Triacetate are made from wood fibers called cellulose and undergo extensive chemical processing. Nylon is made from petroleum, and is often given a permanent chemical finish that can be harmful.
Cotton and wool are natural fibers, but they are commonly bleached, dyed or otherwise chemically treated. It is wise to wash new clothes a few times to reduce these agents. Anything static resistant, stain resistant, stain proof, permanent press, wrinkle-free or moth repellant are likely treated with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
Chlorine in city water used for showering and bathing is drying to the skin as well as a toxin that gets absorbed through the skin. A water filter for shower and bath is an important home need.
In the early days of the FDA, ingredients of skin care products were “grandfathered in” as permissible components that are unhealthy, which are still widely used, such as sodium laurel sulfate and propylene glycol. Sunscreens and many medicinal ointments and salves have toxic ingredients also.
We need to learn about these public poisons and take steps to detoxify ourselves, while seeking natural skin care items..