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Did you know that our skin is our biggest organ?

It absorbs everything we put on our bodies, very quickly, and goes directly into our bloodstreams.

I was shocked when I found out how many toxic ingredients are in our beauty products.

And I’m not just talking about irritants, I’m talking carcinogens –

The stuff that leads to cancer later on.

Before I started doing my own research, I thought that healthy eating, reducing stress and working out led to a healthy person.

I had no idea that the makeup I was using or my skin care products would have toxic chemicals in them.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

I feel that it is SO important for every woman to learn about this stuff.

It’s so important for us to take charge of our own lives and health.

Starting with our skin – and switching to natural skin care.

 

1.  Parabens

I feel like I hear this word everywhere nowadays.

Paraben-free this and that.

But…

What is it?

Parabens are preservatives that decrease the risk of bacteria growth in cosmetics.

The scary part –

They are synthetic hormones – meaning, they mimic estrogen in your body.

So, why is that bad?

The use of too much fake estrogen in your body can lead to the development of breast cancer [1].

Parabens can be found in deodorants, body washes, makeup, cleansers and shampoos.

Make sure to buy paraben-free!

 

2.  Formaldehyde

What is it?

Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that is used for building materials, like cabinets, walls and furniture. [2]

So, why would cosmetics companies put a type of gas into our beauty products?

Because it helps prevent bacteria growth.

It can be found in nail products, body washes, cleansers, shampoos and conditioners.

Companies use these strong chemicals as preservatives, so their products will last longer for the consumer.

Most natural and organic products will expire after a certain time period.

I don’t mind my products expiring if it means there won’t be toxic chemicals in them!

 

3. Fragrance

 

perfume picture - natural skin care

 

Yes, that means your perfume too.

The dangerous thing about fragrance is that the FDA doesn’t require the ingredients of the fragrance to be listed on the label.

So, companies can basically put whatever they want and label it as “fragrance.”

Scary, right?

Try to aim to buy products that are scented by essential oils, like lavender, eucalyptus, etc.

There are plenty of companies that do not add fragrance to their products, and the products smell just as good. 🙂

 

 

4.  Sulfates // Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) // Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES))

Sulfates are what makes your cleanser, shampoo and body wash foam.

They are known to cause skin, lung and eye irritation, but more importantly –

Sulfates, mixed with other chemicals, can form carcinogens.

Those cancer-causing, disease-causing chemicals again.

They can cause respiratory damage and kidney problems.

 

To avoid these and other harmful synthetic chemicals, you MUST read your labels.

It is SO important to your health and long-term wellbeing.

It’s scary that we have no idea the effects these products are having on our health long-term.

If you want to purchase clean beauty products, I suggest heading over to The Detox Market or Credo Beauty.

They have the best selection or natural, organic products.

I personally use products by Kopari, Advanced Clinicals, Mountain Ocean, Pacifica, and the list keeps growing.

I’m constantly trying new products so that I can report back to you guys!

I will warn you –

These products are going to be pricier than your normal drugstore skin care products.

But –

What’s more worth it? Saving money, or your health?

Make sure to share with your friends, and if you want more info please check out the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

xo,

Chels

 

Sources

[1]. http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/parabens/

[2]. https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drywall/docs/whatyoushouldknowaboutformaldehyde.pdf