I want to share what I know with you. I want to empower you to make the same beautiful changes that I have made, so you can live your best, healthiest and happiest life. Lets dig in.
Did you know that our skin is our largest organ and that it absorbs approximately 60% of what is applied to it?
In less than 30 seconds, the toxins in our personal care products can enter our bloodstream and be cruising throughout our body causing all manner of problems – A disrupted endocrine system (do you feel like your hormones have gone crazy?), allergic responses and yes, cancer. But of course, there is no mention of that on your vanilla scented creamy body butter… You might be surprised to hear that the average woman applies 500 chemicals to her body every day. Is that one of the craziest things you have ever heard? How can that even be possible? It breaks my heart, which is why I know I need to share this message, keep reading darling.
So what prompted my change to natural products? Knowledge baby, good old fashioned knowledge and of course, self love. Once I was clued up, there was no way that toxic crap was making its way onto my body – I only have one after all.
When was the last time you looked at the ingredients list of your deodorant or shampoo? Try reading it out loud, I bet you can’t even pronounce the ingredients. I mean what the heck is Cyclopentasiloxane? Who knows, but it was getting sprayed into my pits on a daily basis 4 years ago! How about Poloxamer 407? I’d never heard of it but I was swishing it around in my mouth after I brushed my teeth along with some Carrageenan and Sodium lauryl sulfate. And thats just 4 ingredients from 2 products I was using every day…. scary right? Are you ready to take a look at your products?
If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, why would you put it on your skin? It ends up in the same place.
The sad thing is that not only do we have to deal with these toxic ingredients in our personal care products, but we also have to deal with misleading jargon such as ‘all natural’ and ‘organic’. There are currently no regulations that govern these terms on personal care products, which means thousands of unknowing women are leaving the store thinking they are going home to moisturise with a natural product, when in fact they are applying a (often expensive) cocktail of toxins to their face.
Know this about the beauty industry:
Less than 20% of ingredients have been tested for safety AND it’s not mandatory for companies to list ALL ingredients. Say whaaaat? It’s true.
So whats a girl to do in a material world? Go ale’ natural of course. Problem solved (wink wink) No but really, you need to become a label reading goddess. Ignore the pretty stuff on the front, thats just advertising. The good bits are on the back. Read every ingredient and if you don’t know what something is, head to the EWG’s Skin Deep Database and look it up. If your feeling overwhelmed, I’m happy to help you – please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work through it together.
As a last note, here is beginners list of things to avoid:
I’ve written another article discussing 4 ingredients to avoid, maybe you can start with those – click here.
Please take charge of your health (and your bathroom cabinet!) because your body deserves the very bloody best there is, and that does NOT include cheap, nasty toxins!