For years, we considered our skin an impenetrable barrier barring all substances from entering our bodies. The cosmetic industry relied on this theory when formulating products with cheap chemical ingredients. Their only concern was whether the ingredient irritated the skin or not and internal issues were not a concern. There are countless studies proving this theory about skin false. It does absorb chemicals into the bloodstream. Parabens, triclosan, synthetic musk and pthalates have been found in human urine, blood and tissue samples. Those chemicals have been linked to either hormone disruption, reproductive problems, cancer or all of the above. Pretty scary stuff. Not scary enough for the major cosmetics companies who carelessly continue to put these ingredients in their formulas.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to read all of your labels before your purchase a product. My mission is to educate you about the ingredients so that you can make some informed choices.