I really like this saying: If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin. And do you know why? Because your skin absorbs everything into your body, just as if you were eating it. Chemicals, additives, toxins, it can all get in your body through your skin. Afterall, this is how the nicotine patches work, right? The chemicals in the patch get absorbed through the skin. What you put on your skin really is going into your body. It really is!
Ok, so here's what you need to do to make this knowledge a part of your "Healthy Home Repertoire." Start reading labels on what you are buying and putting on your body. This includes lotions, soaps, sunscreens, cosmetics, shampoos, deodorants, detergents, etc. You will be shocked at the number of items on the label that you cannot even pronounce.
Don't feel overwhelmed. How about start by finding just ONE product per month that you can remove from your current selection, and replace it with something natural? Remember one idea I mentioned in a fall newsletter last year? Use coconut oil for body lotion, deep-treatment for hair, softer lips, etc. It's edible!
Here is why you will be glad you switch to more natural products:
-Less skin break-outs, itchy skin, exema, and sensitive skin
-Less skin redness
- Less toxicity in your body which means less "old" looking skin
and less cellulite
- Less wrinkles over time
- More shine and natural glow to your complexion
- Less overall illness and feelings of malaise
A lot of ingredients in beauty and personal care products have not been tested for safety. That means we don't really know the effects of these chemicals entering your body. That is a scary thought, if you think about using a product for 10, 20, 30+ years.
Here are some ingredients to watch out for:
Lauryl or Laureth Sulphate, Polyethelene Glycol, Disodium Oleamide, Ethylene/Diethylene Glycol, Cocomidopropyl Betain, Sodium Methly Cocyle Taurate, Sodium Lauroyl, Cocoyl Sarcosinate, PEA, DEA, MEA, PEG, Quaternium, Lauryl or Cocyle Sarcosine, Dioctyle Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Olemide, (or anything similar to any of these. The list could go on and on.)
These ingredients cause everything from itchy eyes and skin, rashes, redness, break outs, all the way to neurological effects.
Make sure, even at health food stores, that you are reading your labels. Even there I have found deodorants that contain propylene glycol, which is one of the main ingredients in anti-freeze. It just goes to show you have to read your labels and make sure you are an informed consumer.
To look up specific ingredients and see if they are harmful and what problems they might cause, visit www.AvantorMaterials.com. Search for the ingredient/word, click one of the options that shows up, and then click on the box that says "Material Safety Data Sheet." It will tell you all about the ingredient and its side effects.
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