There are many aspects to skin care and safety, but the basics in skin care starts with knowing what those ingredients are in the products you are using.  Did you know that not all ingredients are equal, even the ‘natural’ ingredients?!  Lets look at one of these ingredients we should be avoiding in our skin products and cosmetics – Nanoparticles.

So, it is finally summer and that means we are outdoors a lot more with camping, backyard barbecues, pool parties—and putting on layers of sunscreen, bug spray, moisturizers, and other skin care products. Protecting and nurturing your skin is not something to take lightly, but have you considered the risks posed by the potentially harmful ingredients in many personal care products on the market today?

So just what are NANOPARTICLESNanoparticles are defined as microscopic particles with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nanometers. They are so tiny, in fact, that about 100,000 nanoparticles would fit in the width of a human hair! Because of the extremely small size of these particles, their properties can be very different from the properties of larger particles of the same material. For example, nanoparticles are generally more reactive than standard-sized particles.

You are probably asking – so why is this such a big deal and why does it matter (I asked the same question)?  And should it matter?  Well, this high level of reactivity—although with huge potential for science and engineering applications—may make nanoparticles unpredictable in living things. They are not only very reactive, but they are also so small that they can actually pass through cell membranes and even enter the bloodstream. So far, few studies have been done on nanoparticle interactions within cells, but the fact that particles can enter the bloodstream and reach the interior of cells can be concerning.  As nanoparticle-based formulations continue to enter into consumer health and beauty categories, it’s important to exercise caution until further studies are undertaken to prove the safety of these very unique materials. Even if a product contains a natural material such as zinc oxide, it is worth checking to see if that material is a nanomaterial. If it is, you may not want to use it. In this case, you’re better safe than sorry in my opinion.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of mineral-based products that don’t include nanoparticles, so it’s easy to take care of yourself and your loved ones and to keep enjoying the great outdoors more safely.

I would love to show you how to have a great summer with our Young Living products.  We have a great lineup of non-nanoparticle products like our Sunscreen, skin lotions, face care, makeup, and all of our Seedlings line for infants.  None of our products have dangerous chemicals.  We also want to educate everyone on how to use our essential oils and products safely in the sun, like those oils that are photosensitive.  And you can feel good about using all of our products safely with our Seed to Seal promise of quality and purity.

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