You know the drill ladies. We are bombarded with ads on TV and in magazines for cosmetics and skincare that promise to turn back time. Whether it’s the local grocery or drug store, department store or another venue, we all have had beauty products taking up space in our bathrooms.
Read your labels. What is in the products? Is water the first ingredient instead of organic aloe? How about sulfates – parabens which are linked to breast cancer? Phthlates are also linked to problems with the growth of reproductive systems in fetuses by mimicking sex hormones. The best organic skincare also allow fragrance oil to linger on your skin longer because of its fixative properties.
Petroleum is found in crude oil, mineral oil prevents your skin from absorbing healthy ingredients. Artificial colors and dyes that make up all those pretty colors we see in products…are common irritants that cause allergies and rashes. Isopropyl alcohol is very drying to the skin and causes premature aging. DEA can react with other ingredients to form a potent carcinogen linked to stomach, esophagus, liver and bladder cancer.
Everything we apply daily to our skin absorbs through our skin into our bodies. Medications such as the stop smoking patch, heart patch or a pain patch – you stick it on your skin and the medication absorbs right into your bloodstream. It’s the same with bath & body products or skincare products for the face, as well as cosmetics.
Companies are slow to remove these ingredients especially because they are cheap to use as fillers. We are all “going green” with our homes, the products we use to clean with. We are more aware of our food choices. Shouldn’t you use products with the least amount of harsh chemicals? Now think about all the chemicals, detergents and ingredients you have never heard of, and can’t even pronounce that’s in your body care products. Look for products that are eco-friendly and have no harsh chemicals. We are going green with our homes, the products we use to clean with, shouldn’t we go green with the products we apply everyday?