As an energy practitioner and herbalist, I feel that our skin is a transducer between the outer and inner environments. I consider the "largest organ of the body" to be a major player in energetic regulation. What does this mean? To me, our skin is our physical antenna for direct interaction with people, places, and things; an exchange gateway for information. With or without touch, our skin is a first-responder to the unseen information we receive. It also reflects our inner health.
I am very concerned about the unnatural, chemical-laden materials we are placing on our skin! Rayon, nylon, micro-fiber mania is everywhere! Call me old-fashioned, but I went to a department store to buy cotton underwear and socks. I searched mostly in vain, and ended up with a blend for the socks and a package of unflattering underwear briefs. Underwear aside, I see so many women's clothes made with polyester - cheaply produced for the masses.
Here are my ideas:
1. Consider a gradual reduction in the use and purchase of synthetic materials, especially those directly against the skin. Look for bras, camisoles, and briefs at 90 to 100 percent cotton or silk. SEE HOW YOU FEEL, or better, FEEL how you FEEL in natural fibers. Yes, they are more expensive, and you are worth it. If the cost is beyond your current budget, go slowly, intentionally. Shop at thrift or consignment stores for quality items such as tops, skirts, and slacks. (I do not buy used underwear or socks, but some nice cotton dresses and blouses are out there!) Support the re-purposing industry; it's fun to find buried treasure, and you can make it yours by physically cleaning and smudging the item(s). If you have the financial means to buy linen, silk, and organic cotton clothing, then make it a priority. Your energetic skin will thank you.
2. If you cannot eat it, don't put it on your skin! I feel very strongly that our skin care products need to be food-grade. I make my own herbal salves (Wolfe Moon Herbs), and use olive oil infused botanicals, shea butter, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. I use this salve every day after my shower, and get compliments about my skin frequently. I challenge multi-billion dollar skin-care industries to adopt food grade, non-synthetic ingredients for the well-being of the planet and all species. Great wealth can be achieved still with environmentally sustaining practices. Take back your self-care regimen, and make it your own.
Thanks for reading. I welcome your feedback!