You wouldn’t eat them so why would you put them on your skin or brush your teeth with them?
Lurking in your beauty products from deodorants to toothpaste, cosmetics and more are dangerous chemicals that could be harming your health.
Luckily, knowledge is power and we have a list of the 5 most toxic chemicals commonly found in beauty products:
So, what are some good alternatives and how do you start making a change to the products you use?
1.) Deodorant: We already wrote an article about how bad most deodorants are. You can read that here. Making this change will be a significant improvement to your health. Not only should you look for deo’s free from the chemicals above but also ones that are free in aluminium.
2.) Toothpaste/Hand Soap: Some products that are “anti-bacterial” also contain Triclosan. You can read more about this horrible chemical in one of our previous articles here. Some good natural anti-bacterial alternatives include tea tree, peppermint, lavender or oregano essential oils. Many major manufacturers of toothpaste also make triclosan free options.
3.) Shampoo/Conditioner: It can be overwhelming to read the ingredient label on your shampoos and conditioners! But, we found a good article here that can demystify things a bit. Natural hair care is always best, but even making a simple change, such as avoiding the chemicals above and choosing a sulfate free option can make a world of difference.
4.) Cosmetics: There are so many ambiguous chemicals in cosmetics but if switching to an organic/all natural version is not an option, just remember to wipe your make up off as soon as you are done with it, and protect your skin and health by eating a nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water.
5.) Face/Body Moisturizers: When applying something that will absorb into your skin (the largest organ of the body), we don’t recommend you take any short cuts. Using a natural/organic moisturizer is highly recommended and well worth it! There are plenty of good options on the market such as John Masters Organics and Evanhealy. (No, we don’t receive kickbacks from them! We just love their ingredients! Check out their products to give yourself an idea of what to look for.)
Remember, 26 seconds is all it takes for the chemicals in your beauty products to enter your blood stream!