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2. The Problem

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

In a fairly short period, we’ve managed to saturate our world with toxic chemicals. According to a report by Laura Orlando in Dollars & Sense magazine, before World War I, half of the United States’ industrialized products were made from renewable plant-, wood-, and animal-based materials. By 2002, a whopping 92 percent of the materials used to make our products were synthetic and not renewable. Not only are many of these human-made materials dangerous to our health, the process used to produce them creates additional toxins.

“Few people understood the dangers to life that these new chemicals presented,” explains Orlando. “Sickness and death among chemical manufacturing workers was sometimes the first indication that the material they worked with was toxic.” Orlando also reports, “Among the most lethal of these products were synthetic pesticides.”

Worldwide, pesticide production continues to be big business. The United States accounts for more than 20 percent of pesticide production and more than 25 percent of herbicide production. In the United States alone, more than 1.2 billion pounds (500 million kg) of pesticides are used each year. And that figure doesn’t include wood preservatives and other toxic chemicals. It also doesn’t include other harmful substances like lead, solvents, xenoestrogens/estrogen mimmickers (foreign estrogens), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and the many chemical by-products that are so liberally introduced into our environment, our water, and our food supply on a daily basis. Estrogen mimickers are especially harmful because they can cause cancer. They disrupt normal estrogen metabolism by occupying reserved estrogen receptor cites on our cells. This can lead to an excess pooling of estrogen in the body. There is a direct link between excess estrogen and certain cancers including breast, ovarian, and prostate.

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9. From the Inside Out

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Nontoxic, effective skin care products are critical to achieving and maintaining healthy, vibrant skin. But while the skin may be a surface” organ, which often responds to topical treatments, achieving and maintaining healthy skin requires us to consider the inside as well as the outside. It is irresponsible to simply promote products as skin-saving miracles and wrinkle cures without endorsing a healthy lifestyle that complements those products. If you want radiant, healthy-looking skin, you must address your skin care from the inside out. It’s a package deal.

The skin is like a mirror for our internal organs and body systems, reflecting the status of our overall health. The opposite is also true: Our overall health can directly influence the health of our skin.

Extensive research has clearly demonstrated that a healthful diet, regular exercise, and other positive lifestyle factors can prevent a variety of diseases. What many people don’t realize, however, is that the same principles will not only help fend off illness, they will also help you achieve the youthful skin you desire. Dealing with diet is a perfect place to start.

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4. The Solution

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In the first chapter I gave you an overview of the skin. In this chapter, I’d like to delve a little more deeply into the science of the skin it relates to bioactive skin care ingredients. Understanding the skin i scientific perspective helps us understand how we can achieve both safe and effective results from cutting-edge technology and nontoxic ingredients.

There is a widespread misconception that if a product is natural, it is not effective—that it’s not strong enough to do the job. Conversely, some people feel that if a product is effective, it can’t be natural—that it’s more of a drug than a natural product. Research demonstrates that not only are many natural and nontoxic ingredients safe, they can also be very effective. In most cases, these ingredients are even more effective than toxic chemicals. Typically, chemical ingredients are chosen merely because they are cheaper than the natural, nontoxic alternatives. The fact is, we don’t need drugs to keep our skin looking and feeling healthy. Nature, when combined with the best science has to offer, can provide us with everything we need.

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6. Effective Acne Treatment

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Most people are surprised when I tell them that more than 60 million people are affected by acne. After talking with many people about their skin over the years, I am not surprised at all; however, there was a time that I would have been shocked.

As a teenager and young adult, I suffered with acne. Every morning my acne stared back at me as I looked in the mirror. It was not only physically disfiguring, but also emotionally depressing. I would never have believed there were 60 million other people just like me. When you have moderate to severe acne, you feel as if you are the only one in the world with pimples. I felt alone and isolated, branded with bad skin that everyone noticed. It was the first thing I saw in the morning and the last thought I had at night. I felt helpless and ugly, and always shied away from the camera.

But I am persistent. I was determined to heal my acne and I did not stop until my skin was clear. Since that time, I have perfected my acne treatment plan and I have seen it work on thousands of people over the years. I hope it can help you, too.

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5. Determine Your Skin Type

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Our world is filled with all kinds of people—unique individuals each with their own personalities and attributes. We are all physically, emotionally, and biochemically different. It is our individuality that makes life interesting, and at times, complex. The same is true with skin care.

You’ve probably heard someone say, “Oh, I know the type.” They are most likely referring to a personality type. The problem with skin care is that we often don’t know the “type.” To be more specific, we don’t truly understand our own skin type. The type of skin we have can add a level of complexity to our skin care routine. This is especially true with the skin on our face. As experts have learned more about the skin, they have also discovered that understanding skin type is critical.

Individualizing your skin care routine for optimal effectiveness begins with determining your skin type. “Some women are quite aware of their skin type; for other women, it’s a complete mystery, an elusive conundrum of changes that never settles down in one specific direction,” according to Paula Begoun, author of The Beauty Bible. “Skin type strongly influences our decisions about our skin care routines.”

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