What is the difference in using food grade plastic in acupressure mats and is it worth spending the extra money to make the spikes in your acupressure mat out of food grade plastic?
All plastics are made from hydrocarbons and derived from petroleum or natural gas, so they’re all pretty much the same, right? Wrong, there is a big difference between the processes used to produce different plastics and the level of impurities contained in the plastic.
Additionally, many food-grade plastics need to be more resistant to acidic foods, otherwise the vinaigrette salad dressing would leach potentially harmful chemicals from the plastic into the food.
Food grade plastic also cannot contain dyes or plastic materials that are considered harmful to humans, unlike other plastics
Food grade plastics are heavily regulated in the EU, US and Australia and must meet high standards to be considered safe for ingestion.
Modern research has shown time and time again how well we can absorb chemicals and other substances through our skin. In fact, topical application is now regularly used as a method of administering certain types of drugs that respond better to that method of administration.
An acupressure mat contains between 4,000 and 6,534 individual plastic tips that remain in direct contact with the skin for between 10 minutes and half an hour. This process is often repeated daily for most users to aid in sleep, relaxation or back pain.
That’s a lot of time skin is in contact with an unknown, cheaply produced plastic. Poorly manufactured plastics can leach small amounts of chemicals onto and possibly into the skin from day one.
This process can be worsened by sweating. Sweating opens the pores, and sweat contains small amounts of urea and ammonia, among other chemicals.
Sweat also mixes with sebum on the skin’s surface to form the acid mantle that helps protect the skin’s surface. This protective acid mantle, which comes into direct contact with the plastic spikes, has a pH between 4 and 5.5. In these circumstances it is best if the plastic used in the mat is resistant to contact with acidic environments
Additionally, many plastics degrade over time and exposure to sunlight, making them more likely to leach chemicals.
A good acupressure mat should last a lifetime, making it one of the most economical at-home treatments. Given that, and the potential risks of long-term exposure to poor-quality plastic, it may be worth spending a little more on your acupressure mat.
The Anti-Aging acupressure mat guarantees that only food-safe plastic is used in the manufacture of the plastic spikes. To learn more follow this link.