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Chlorine and Your Skin

Chlorine

Before discussing chlorine we need to understand what occurs in the body.


A few things to know first:


  • All living things require energy for survival, growth and multiplication
  • Life is dependent on energy transformations
  • Living organisms survive because of exchange of energy within and without
  • Energy is stored by cells in various chemical structures and is released when reacted with oxygen 

"Organisms required a continuous flow of chemicals to refill the expended molecules that regulate cell homeostasis" (Naidu, 2013)


An oxidizing agent (oxidant, oxidizer) is a substance that has the ability to, in lamens terms, cause other substances to lose electrons or an increase in oxidation state. When the reverse happens, ie. a substance gains an electron this is called reduction or a decrease in oxidation state.


This REDuction-OXidation reaction is also known as REDOX.  It is this redox reactions that all living systems use to harness energy.


Living systems are constantly trying to create The body homeostasis 


Chlorine is a chemical element with symbol Cl and atomic number 17 (thanks wikipedia). Chlorine is a yellow-green gas at room temperature and it is an extremely reactive element and a strong oxidising agent.  






Due to chlorine being one of the best oxidisers it is used to disinfect the water supply of harmful organisms and pathogenic bacteria.


Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons.



, and your tap water probably contains a significant amount. So when you drink tap water, you’re putting chlorine direct into your body. But that’s not the only source of exposure in your house. When you take a hot shower, chlorine is absorbed into your body both through your skin and through vapors going into your lungs. A hot shower is even worse, because hot water opens your pores and allows the chlorine to absorb more easily.Yes it’s tedious after a long and exhausting day, but it is always important to wash your face before going to bed. During the night, makeup smears on your pillow. The makeup then rubs against facial skin, clogs pores, makes skin oily and causes breakouts. “Your body temperature increases slightly when you sleep, which can enhance absorption of whatever’s on the surface. So you really want only beneficial ingredients on your face when you sleep,” Katie Rodan, an Oakland, Calif. dermatologist, said.

air pollution

It contains PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons), which can lead to skin cancer, dehydration, compromised barrier function, inflammation, loss of elasticity and firmness, and uneven skin tone.

cigarettes

Smoking just 1 can constrict blood flow in the skin for up to 90 minutes.

stress

More stress can lead to more oil production, more redness and slower cell turnover.

product buildup

Heavy use of sunscreen and make-up without deep cleansing can lead to skin dullness, congestion and irritation.

Now consider that skin can shed 30,000 dead skin cells every minute and generate 3.4 fluid ounces of sweat every day,Chlorine is used to disinfect the water supply of harmful organisms and pathogenic bacteria, and your tap water probably contains a significant amount. So when you drink tap water, you’re putting chlorine direct into your body. But that’s not the only source of exposure in your house. When you take a hot shower, chlorine is absorbed into your body both through your skin and through vapors going into your lungs. A hot shower is even worse, because hot water opens your pores and allows the chlorine to absorb more easily.

Redox

If you really want to look after your cells it is important to understand the chemistry that occurs in our cells.  After all life on earth is an organised energy management systems. All living systems harness energy exclusively through REDOX reactions.

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