Healthy skin care for your thyroid
Some skin care products contain toxic ingredients and it is best to avoid them. One of the toxic antimicrobial chemicals present in some skin care products is triclosan (TSC) and triclocarban (TCC) which are toxic to thyroid. Others include parabens which disrupt hormonal balance. Oxybenzone (benzophenone) addidative (UV filter) can disrupt thyroid hormone receptor. Triethanolamine (TEA) also inhibits thyroid. Many skin care products have toxic fragrances.
Some manufactures are becoming more aware and are removing these toxic ingredients from skin care products. It is more common these days to find parabens, triclosan and triethanolamine (TEA) free products. Triclosan has been recently banned from antibacterial washes and soaps.
These harmful chemicals are absorbed through skin and can travel to other body tissues and damage vulnerable cells.
Therefore, it is best to strive for a more natural skin care and check the labels. You can also use simple healthy products and it does not have to be hard. Here are some ideas for you:
- Use oils in skin care such as rose hip oil, emu oil or grape seed oil with few drops of fragrant essential oils, argan oil or coconut oil. Cosmetic argan oil is great for skin care; it contains carotenes, sterols, antioxidants and omega 3 essential fatty acids as well as caffeic acid which were found to lower antithyroid antibodies.
- Buy more natural skin care products, free of harmful chemicals. Aloe Vera based creams are great.
- Make your own products. Below is one of my personal favorites with coconut oil and Aloe Vera. If you do not have a fresh Aloe Vera leaf, you can use a good quality gel (not juice) for this purpose. It can be easily purchased from a chemist. I use a leaf from my own Aloe Vera plant. This cream is absorbed fast and leaves skin beautifully soft, smooth, nourished and non- greasy.
My simplest, cheapest and healthiest skin care cream.
1 fresh Aloe Vera leaf
5-6 table spoons coconut oil
Few drops of essential oils of your choice (my favorite is rose geranium, lavender or lemon).
It is best to check your skin sensitivity first to any ingredients, especially the essential oils you are going to use prior to making the cream.
Cut the long edges off the Aloe leaf and remove the top green covering to reveal the gel inside and scoop it with a spoon into a small blender like a magic bullet. Blend well and add the coconut oil (do not heat it, as is from a jar) and blend together very well. You can use an electric hand blender or a bullet blender. Add 4-6 drops of essential oil (you can mix few different ones) and mix well. I like rose geranium and lavender. Scoop into a clean glass container. Ready to use as body lotion. Lasts for few weeks. Enjoy.