Did you know that the stuff you put on your skin, things like lotions, shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream are absorbed into your bloodstream faster than ingested food?
Maybe you read the ingredients for the foods you buy. But have you ever read the ingredients list on a bottle of shampoo or conditioner?
Or even your deodorant?
That long paragraph of ingredients in the beauty and hygiene products that you use, is important to read. Most conventional bath & beauty products on the market contain at least a few, if not all of these ingredients:
SYNTHETIC COLORS (cause allergies, cancer, tumors)
PETROCHEMICALS (cause brain, nerve, liver damage)
SULFATES, like SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (liver & kidney damage, cancer)
PARABENS (can cause breast cancer)
EDTA (carcinogenic, breaks down protective barrier of skin)
AND a host of other toxic ingredients.
These go pumping right into your body through your bloodstream and affect your health directly! Sometimes it’s even more dangerous than what you eat. Some people say, oh, but they’re in such small quantities that it can hardly have any effect on me!
Yes, these toxic ingredients may be in small quantities in your beauty products, but if you use them on a regular basis, it’s like slowly poisoning yourself. The body will accumulate those toxins inside, and your immune system will be weakened by the chemicals, so it is a slow process of breaking down your health!
Read this interesting article: Top 5 Chemicals to Avoid.
So what can you do to avoid that?
Try to buy products that don’t contain toxic ingredients. I know. It’s not that simple. Most things labeled with “natural”, “organic” etc. are really expensive, and often they also contain the same bad ingredients. Go figure. Or the so-called natural stuff just have a bad fragrance to them, or look yucky.
But there are a few out there that can fill both criteria.
What I prefer to use
Here’s a list of different products that I consider a lot more chemical-free and natural than many others. I can’t say they are completely chemical free, but quite satisfactory. You can even make your own shampoo, lotion and so on. But if you’re a student like me, where life is busy and you hardly have time to eat your breakfast, then making your own stuff is just out of the question. That’s why you can buy them.
For shampoo, I used: Yes to Carrots! for a while. But I switched because it contains Potassium Benzoate as a preservative, which converts to a cancer causing benzene chemical when exposed to light, heat, and citric acid. Look up the DANGERS OF POTASSIUM BENZOATE. I am now using Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. It works great, price is good and the ingredient list gets a B+ compared to other shampoos around.
Here’s a list of several more natural shampoos that you can check out Hair 101. I don’t know what ingredients they contain, so you will have to research that to decide how “safe” they really are.
For soap, I like to use Clearly Natural . They have glycerine soaps of many fragrances. I like the Aloe Vera and Cucumbers the best. They smell SO good I could eat them! And they’re the most natural and inexpensive soaps I’ve ever found (trust me, I looked for many).
Also, the Clearly Natural company has other great products you might like to check out. Liquid soap, toothpaste, lip balm, lotion all of which seem to be natural! Now, I can’t really recommend them because I’ve never tried their toothpaste or lotions, and I haven’t read the ingredients list. But if you’re interested to check, no one’s stopping you!
I found these soaps at my local grocery store where they have a vitamin section. You may need to order them online if they’re not available in your area.
For lotion I like to use Bella Vado Avocado lotion with a jasmine fragrance. It’s one of the best! I finally found the right lotion. Not too oily and does its job good. The price is okay, but I don’t buy it often and it lasted me pretty long. I found it at my local health food store, but it can also be ordered online.
For toothpaste I like to use Activated Charcoal, plain and simple. I know it sounds weird, but it does a good cleaning and also whitens your teeth (read here). And you know what? I used to brush with regular toothpaste, but I did my research on what’s inside toothpastes and I can tell you….it can make you shudder. Here are just a few ingredients in toothpaste:
SODIUM FLOURIDE (a by-product of aluminum, found in rat poison and pesticides)
TRICLOSAN (a pesticide)
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (accumulates in the body, irritant, carcinogen)
For deodorant I would recommend: Crystal Body Deodorant. Most deodorants are linked to breast cancer. So choose your deodorant wisely. I actually have this deodorant, but one thing that’s really inconvenient about it, is that you always have to moisten the rock (it’s a mineral rock) so that you can roll it on. Really inconvenient when you want to use it on the go. So honestly, I am not currently using this one. Right now I’m using Tom’s of Maine. Do you have recommendations for natural deodorants?
For perfume I like: Shi perfume or Be Delicious by DKNY. Now perfumes all depend on what scents you like. Just be careful how much you use. You can try making your own perfume with essential oils and such.
For shaving cream I use: soap . It does the work like any shaving cream would do. And there’s one less thing to buy!
For hairspray I recommend anything. I don’t think hairspray can cause that much harm, because you just put it in your hair. It doesn’t really get to your skin and get absorbed in your system. The only concern would be what you inhale….which makes me wonder if I should switch to a natural product. 😉 Currently I use the hairspray that my mom buys, a generic brand. Yes, I think hairspray does have harmful chemicals too, but at the moment, I have not searched for a hairspray that is natural and good too. Some people make homemade hairspray. But I haven’t tried it yet.
So I hope you found this post useful. I hope it made you think a little about the things that you buy and use on a regular basis.
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