Within an hour of waking up, the average woman covers her skin with hundreds of chemicals and toxins. Everyday beauty products like facial cleansers, toothpaste, body wash, lotions and shampoos contain dangerous chemicals. This is so disheartening. Most of us are trying to live a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. That means making better choices like eating healthier and exercising more. Most of us don’t think twice about our beauty and personal care products.
I had always heard about harsh chemicals in soaps and toothpaste but wasn’t aware of the danger. My mother had me use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap and Thom’s toothpaste as a child. When I grew up and was on my own, I splurged on products from department stores and Bath and Body Works. The smell of those body butters, shower gels, sprays, candles and hand sanitizers seemed irresistable. I thought I was being a great mom by buying the same products for my three daughters. I literally spent hundreds of dollars before finding out how unhealthy these products were for me and my family.
Labels are not required
Toxic chemicals are in most beauty products. That includes those that are labelled natural or hypoallergenic. Product manufacturers don’t even have to list all of the ingredients in their products. When you see fragrance listed as an ingredient, beware. Fragrance is considered a trade secret and the individual ingredients do not have to be disclosed. As a result, the public can be completely unaware of the unsafe chemicals lurking in products. The average fragrance product contains 14 chemicals not disclosed on the label.
Whatever we put on our skin eventually makes its way into our bloodstream and lymphatic system. Most cosmetics and lotions are a toxic stew of harmful chemicals. The preservatives, color and fragrances of these products result in unnecessary exposure to carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and allergens.
Other Countries Ban Toxic Chemicals
Why these products are allowed on our shelves? In countries outside of the United States, many toxic ingredients are already banned. The cosmetic industry has been successful in avoiding US regulation and continues to market toxic products to an unknowing public. Information is power. Read the labels on your products and look for non-toxic alternatives. Young Living recently developed the Savvy Minerals line of make-up. Other companies like Lush, are offering self preserving cosmetics. There are other alternatives that use organic ingredients. You just have to do your research.
Chemicals to Avoid
When reading labels, avoid products that use these ingredients and their variants.
- Triclosan is found in antibacterial products is a endocrine disruptor that can impact fertility and has been linked to breast cancer and thyroid problems. Antibacterials have been found to be no more effective than plain soap.
- Formaldehyde is typically used in shampoos and soaps, the chemicals prevent microbes from growing in water based products but can easily be absorbed through the skin and has been linked to cancer and allergic skin reactions. Japan and Sweden banned Formaldehyde from use incosmetics and personal products. Canada and the EU restrict concentration.
- Parabens are known endocrine disruptors that mimic estrogen and are linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Lotions, shower gels, scrubs and shampoos contain parabens.
- Phthalates are synthetic preservatives which can cause cancer and harm reproduction including lowering sperm count, causing birth defects and early breast development.
- Benzyl Alcohol – neurotoxin which can cause liver damage and allergic reactions
- Dimethicone – a petroleum derivative that harms the environment
- Disodium EDTA – neurotoxin made from formaldehyde causes endocrine damage, fetal damage, and birth defects in animals
Now you know
You can be sure that most products sold in stores like Bath and Body Works or other large retailers will contain chemicals. Start to identify products that have only natural ingredients. Opt for handmade, organic products and check the history and integrity of the supplier. Essential oils are a great alternative. Many beauty products can be made using essential oils like Lavender or Frankincense. Young Living, for example, has a Seed to Seal guarantee that ensures products are organically grown and are chemical free. Say no to toxins in your beauty and personal care products. It’s not worth the danger.
What to know more?
Come to a quick and easy class on non-toxic living with essential oils. There is no pressure to buy, just view and learn how I avoid harmful chemicals in personal care and household products. You’ll also learn why I choose Young Living over other brands of essential oils. Click here to sign up for the online class.