There is so much buzz about living healthier these days. Everywhere I turn there is talk about a new protein powder, 10-minute fat-burning exercise, or Dr. Axe health tip.
Kraft dinner and canned ham have simply lost their coolness.
It makes me happy to see the wellness industry growing rapidly.
But I was really disappointed to hear that skincare product sales went up 9% in the last year.
Since the majority of these skincare products are far from natural.
If the skin is the largest organ of the body and we know it absorbs everything slathered on it, why do we continue to purchase skincare products that are toxic, harmful, and simply bad for us?
I think it’s a good idea to stop believing that everything on the market is safe.
Now more than ever, we need to read our labels carefully and recognize that what we put onto our body is just as important as what we put into it.
Time to Toss These 5 Toxic Ingredients
These are widely used in personal care products to prolong shelf life. Great for the manufacturer (since they keep products on the shelf longer), but not so great for you. Parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid and are hormone disruptors.
“As estrogen is a major aetiological factor in the growth and development of the majority of human breast cancers, it has been previously suggested by Darbre that parabens and other chemicals in underarm cosmetics may contribute to the rising incidence of breast cancer.”
There is research to demonstrate the harmful effects of parabens. They damage the endocrine system and are possibly linked to the increasing rates of breast cancer.
With over 90% of cosmetics containing parabens, it’s up to you to avoid them. Look for paraben-free products. They are clearly labeled and quite easy to find.
We all want our products to smell nice, but if they aren’t scented with essential oils, they’re likely made up of artificial, synthetic, and possibly toxic ingredients.
The fragrance industry uses thousands of chemicals and most of them are considered toxic to the body.
Besides being one of the leading causes of sensitivities and allergies, fragrances often contain phthalates, which is another ingredient to avoid.
Phthalates have been linked to infertility, asthma, and cancer – just embrace your natural scent or choose natural essential oils.
If you have no interest in smothering your skin with gasoline, keep mineral oil out of your cupboards.
This ingredient is a by-product of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. Although people enjoy the moisturizing feeling that comes with applying it, it blocks pores from properly eliminating toxins.
The skin is the largest detoxification organ and when pores are jammed, toxins buildup inside the body and increase the risk of developing chronic diseases.
*Note that mineral oil may be listed on the label as petrolatum or paraffin wax/oil.
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG)
PEG is another potentially harmful ingredient to avoid.
For those of you exercising, eating healthy, and trying your best to keep your skin glowing, products containing PEG will need to go into the trash can.
Did you know that PEG is found in many spray-on oven cleaners?
Why in the world would a person want to put this ingredient on their skin?
SODIUM LAURYL AND SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLS)
This ingredient has been referred to as a mutagen. If you aren’t familiar with the word mutagen, it basically means it can change the genetic material found inside your cells.
The worst part is that the body is not designed to eliminate this substance; therefore it lingers in the system for a very long time. Even 15 years after death, SLS has been identified in human cadavers.
No wonder it causes reproductive issues, disrupts hormones, and possibly causes cancer.
It simply has no business in the human body.
Your skin needs nutrients – not chemicals!
I sure hope this article has inspired you to toss your harmful personal care products. It’s never too late to start shopping for more natural hair, skin, and cosmetic products.
With so many great companies making natural products, they are easy to find.
To release toxic residues that have built up in the body, consider dry skin brushing (an ancient detoxification practice).
See below for directions.
DRY SKIN BRUSHING
- soft natural fiber brush with a long handle
- has an exfoliating effect which removes dead skin cells that clog pores
- stimulates the lymphatic system (the lymphatic system dumps out all the garbage in your body)
- naturally boosts the immune system
- stimulates the oil-producing glands to eliminate excess oil / debris
- enhances circulation
- eliminates cellulite (must be combined with a total body detox and practiced daily for at least 3 months)
- prevents early aging by tightening the skin
- improves digestion
- Using your long handled skin brush (with natural fibers), begin brushing your bare, dry skin from the bottom up. Starting from the bottom of your feet, brush the skin in an upward direction.
- Repeated long strokes are recommended.
- Always brush towards your heart (on the left side of your chest).
- When it comes to your hands, stroke each hand to the shoulder.
- The goal is to stimulate circulation back to the heart.
Perform this ancient detox practice once daily before your shower. It is recommended to spend at least 10 minutes per day dry brushing the skin.
Detox showering is practiced daily (after your skin brushing) and requires you to turn the water cold for 30 seconds, then warm for 10 seconds for 3 full cycles.
* Avoid dry skin brushing over areas where you have skin sores, rashes, cuts or infections.