People have to experience something firsthand to fully understand it. The Garlic Experiment shows you how quickly skincare products enter your bloodstream.
I have known for a long time that what you put on your skin can affect your health in many ways. In fact, I’ve read that approximately 60% of topical skincare products are absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream.
That’s pretty scary considering all of the harmful chemicals that are in most skincare and cosmetic products.
Most people, including me, hear things like that and have a hard time really conceptualizing how much of an impact putting something on your skin could have to your body’s internal operations.
That’s why I just had to share “The Garlic Experiment” with you. When I heard about it, I really didn’t think it would work, but it did! Brian and I did it together and we were just both amazed.
To do The Garlic Experiment:
- Rub a fresh-cut clove of garlic on your wrist for 30-45 seconds.
- Place tape or a band-aid over the area.
- Then just wait.
- Within 10 minutes you will taste the garlic in your mouth.
Seriously! Try it out. It’s also a great lesson to do with your kids.
Doing The Garlic Experiment really drove home how absorbent our skin really is for me. I have been cautious for several years about most of the products I buy. However, I’ve just kind of glossed over it in other areas.
I posted on facebook over the weekend that I had just read the ingredients on my Carmex for the first time and saw that the first inactive ingredient listed is, “Fragrance in Petrolaum.”
Yep, for more than 2 decades I’ve been smearing pthalates and petroleum (oil) all over my lips—and probably ingesting some in the process.
Yuck. In the trash it went. I’ll be making my own chapstick this week.
Liquid hand soap has been another one of my holdouts. I think I’m finally ready to let go of the cheap, bulk bottles of toxic hand soap and replace it with a healthier hand soap. It’s a little more time consuming to make your own, but my family’s health is worth it.
After doing “The Garlic Experiment,” I’ve resolved to replace all of our personal care products with non-toxic versions.
Essentially, anything with these harmful ingredients will be trashed:
- Phthalates (usually listed as the mysterious ingredient “fragrance”)
- Parabens (look for the word “paraben” or any other word with the suffix “-paraben” including methylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, propylparaben, etc.)
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS, SLES)
- Diethanolamine (look for names like Cocamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA)
- Formaldehyde (look for names like DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15)
- Phenyledediamine (also called P-diaminobenzene)
- Toluene (Methylbenzene or Phenylmethane)
- Triclosan and triclocarban
- Petrolatum and anything that resembles petroleum
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone
- Ethanol, Ethylene, Phenoxyethanol, etc.
- Talc (Magnesium Silicate Hydroxide, talcum powder)
It feels wasteful to throw away unused product, but our health is at stake.