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Yes there’s Mercury in some skin care products

For a long time we’ve been writing about the dangers of some chemical ingredients found in so many modern skin care products of other personal products, though not all. Today, however, it’s Mercury, which was not focused on before.

As most people will be aware Mercury is a poison, or least it is when it gets into your system. It can damage your brain and damage your health in a range of other quite nasty ways such as impairment of the vision or the hearing, shaking and worse.

Serious health problems can become evident even after relatively minor exposure to Mercury.

We’ve been alerted by a recent article on CNN Health ┬áthat we should now be considering the risks of the inclusion of Mercury in skin care products and anti aging products (along with so many other chemical ingredients.)Mercury in skin care products

The article points out that the products which are using Mercury as one of their ingredients are generally made overseas, and are commonly purchased online, though some were available in the stores in the US.

Often they are products like skin whitening creams or other products designed to remove such facial blemishes as age spots or freckles. (For a quality SAFE skin whitening cream click here).

However Mercury has also been found in products which are designed to help reduce wrinkles.

Unfortunately, as we have pointed out before, personal products such as skin care products, cosmetics, soaps, shampoos are much more, do not need to be tested for safety by any government authority before they are sold. In other words it is perfectly possible for the manufacturer to include ingredients in the products which are known to be dangerous to your health.

And they do, as we have pointed out often on this website.

The bad news is that a wide range of skin care products and anti aging products and other products can actually be harmful to your health, as a result of this fact. There is no effective regulation of the ingredients that are used in these products, and as a result there is a range of chemical ingredients, many of which are known to be toxic to people, found in many of these products.

(Fortunately not all however, there are excellent natural skin care products available which do not use toxic chemical ingredients).

Some of the more serious examples are skin whitening products which contain hydroquinone, and you should read our article about dangerous skin whitening products if you’re looking to find a quality product that whitens your skin without risking your health.

According to Gary Coody, a national health fraud coordinator in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs, it’s been found that personal products containing mercury have been sold in 7 states in the US.

If you’re buying any personal product it always pays to know what the ingredients are first. If buying online you should be able to see a list of ingredients for any product, if you can’t don’t buy. If you’re buying in the store then examine the label.

Unfortunately however not all products list all ingredients on the label, and mercury can also be labelled under different names.

We have spoken before about how to determine the risks involved in any particular chemical ingredient. However it’s worth repeating that if you are concerned about any ingredient found in any product you can find out more information by consulting the Cosmetic Safety Database where you can search both product names as well as the names of ingredients to ascertain whether or not they pose any risk to your health.

And if this is the first time you’ve come across this sort of information we also strongly suggest that you consult the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and spend some time on their website educating yourself more about the risks of chemical ingredients on skin care products and other personal products.

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What are the factors that can make you look older, or younger, than you should?

Everyone grows old, there’s no avoiding that. And everyone looks older as they grow old, there’s no avoiding that either.

However there are a number of things you can do to minimize the impact of growing old on both your skin and looks, and your overall health. And some of them impact all of these together.

What are the factors that contribute most to you growing old and looking like it?

There’s basically 3. And surprisingly, you genes isn’t one of them. Scientists have established that genetics don’t have as much impact on our looks, and on our general health, as we age. Genetics certainly do impact on specific medical conditions, but on our overall looks and health, not so much.

So what are the 3 most important factors to how well we age and hold our looks?

1. Lifestyle.

There’s no doubt that lifestyle issues are right up there. Lifestyle plays an extremely important role in both our overall health, and our looks, as we age.

And of course the 2 go hand in hand. If we’re fit and healthy then our skin looks good. If we’re in poor health, fat and unfit then our skin will reflect that. Our skin health is just a reflection of our general health, with the exception of maybe some specific skin conditions.

So, if you haven’t realized it already, you MUST stop smoking. That’s the number one lifestyle factor that is the worst for our overall health, and skin health.

You must also exercise. You don’t need to become the next olypian, but you do need to do at least some exercise each day.

2. Diet.

And you must concentrate on eating the right foods. Fruit and vegetables high in all sorts of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants are all great for your skin. Pizzas, burgers and deep fried food not so much.

In fact there’s a wide range of foods that are not particularly good for your skin. You probably know what exactly what they are, because you’ve heard all about the sorts of foods you should be eating, and the sorts of foods you should be avoiding, to stay in good health.

The foods that you should be eating to stay in good health, as a general rule, are also good to your skin. And as a general rule all those nasty (yummy) foods that you shouldn’t be eating are probably not that good your skin either, just as they are not good for your general health. Because of course your general health, and your skin health, tend to go together.

Diet relates specifically to your skin, as well as your overall health. Many of the essential ingredients of fresh fruit and vegetables are extremely important for your skin, and without them your skin will show their lack.

You also need to take the best health supplements you can too. Our food just isn’t packed with all the good natural ingredients now that it used to be as a result of intensive farming practices, use of artificial fertilizers, overfarming, picking fruits and vegetables for optimum transport rather than optimum health, and much more. Modern research has produced some seriously effective health supplements, you need to take them.

3. A Good Skin Care Routine.

Even if you do all that above you aren’t doing enough to ensure OPTIMUM skin health and looks. You’re certainly way in front of the general population, but it’s not the best you can do. If you’re interested in serious skin care then you need to use the best skin care products money can buy.

That doesn’t mean the most expensive, just the best, because in the skin care industry the best isn’t the most expensive.

Product pricing doesn’t relate to how good the products are in the skin care industry, and many of the most expensive do very little.

That’s it. Simple and in a nutshell. Simple but not easy we know. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, taking up exercise after a lifetime of no exercise isn’t easy.

But if you do these things, all of them, properly, over time you will be amazed at how much better your skin looks, how much slower you appear to age and how much better you feel too.

You won’t regret making the decision to incorporate these 3 factors into your lifestyle.

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