Toxic Beauty Part One – Stay beautiful by avoiding these toxic chemicals.
Are you worried about what toxic chemicals are in the beauty products you use on your body?
Are you Looking at switching to more natural products because of you own health or you want to be as healthy as you can before you consider having children?
If you answered yes to any of these questions I recommend you keep reading…
I know how important it is for you to be the best version of yourself you can be, and that means ditching the toxic chemicals you are currently using in your beauty routine. Not only will this help to balance your hormones and increase your energy it will also be so much better for our oceans and environment.
Did you know the average woman is exposed to 500 toxic chemicals before she even walks out the door?
Pretty crazy right?
Toxic Chemicals are in everything from your shampoo, foundation, lipstick, nail polish, moisturizer, mascara, face wash, lip balm just to name a few!
The basic rule I follow these days is “if you can’t eat it or drink it, don’t put it on your skin”
Many of these toxic chemicals are not regulated by our government or have not been tested for safety. Basically we need to take our health into our own hands and decide what is safe for us to be using.
The list I have put together for you below is not a comprehensive list, there are many more toxins in beauty products that you need to look out for. I have only listed 5 of the most common because….
1. I don’t want you to get overwhelm, throw your hands up in the air and yell it’s all too hard! (yip, I’ve totally been there, when it comes to toxins to avoid there is a lot to take in.)
2. This is a great place to start if you are new to checking the labels on your beauty care products.
This list is a great place to start for any newbies that want to learn about toxic chemicals in their beauty cabinet, once you feel that you have mastered hunting out these ingredients you can add a few more toxic ingredients to avoid to this list (or watch this space! as I’ll most likely post a part 2 blog on more toxic chemicals to avoid to save you the time)
Are you ready? Here we go……
Parabens are derived from petroleum. Parabens are used as a preservative in many beauty products.
What to look for on the label: propylparaben, methylparaben, Ethylparaben, isobutyl paraben, Benzyl paraben, N-propyl paraben, N-Butyl Paraben.
Found in: Shampoo, conditioner, liquid hand soap, toothpaste, foods, pharmaceuticals, pet shampoo.
Why is it harmful? Suspected endocrine disruption, suspected skin or sense organ toxicity, contact dermatitis and skin irritation. Wildlife and environmental toxicity.
2.Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
SLES and SLS may be petroleum derived or palm oil derived depending on the source.It is used for cleansing, denaturing, emulsifying, foaming or as a surfactant.
What to look for on the label: Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Found in: Facial cleasner, tooth whitener, body wash, shampoo, foundation, toothpaste, medicated soap, whipping aid in dry egg products, carpet cleaner, car wash
Why is it Harmful? It can penetrate the skin and accumulate in vital organs, may cause liver toxicity, aggravate acne, skin dryness, skin and eye irritation, toxic to aquatic organisms.
Triclosan is derived from petroleum, restricted in cosmetics in japan and Canada. Triclosan is used as a deodorant, preservative and antimicrobial agent.
What to look for on the label: Triclosan
Found in: Liquid handsoap, facial cleanser, toothpaste, deodorant, dishwashing liquid, pet shampoo
Why is it harmful? Allergic reactions, skin, eye and lung irritation, wildlife and environmental toxicity, suspected skin, sense organ and immuno toxicity.
May be petroleum derived (banned in cosmetics in the EU) used as a plasticiser and solvent.
What to look for on the label: Phthalate, DEP, DBP, DEHP and fragrance
Found in: Perfume, nail polish, hair spray, body lotion and detergents
Why is it harmful? Suspected endocrine, liver, kidney, reproductive, developmental, immune and neuro toxicity, wildlife and environmental toxicity, linked to birth defects and damage to male reproductive system.
5. Parfum or fragrance:
Synthetic, individual ingredients are not identified. Used as Deodorant, masking or perfuming
What to look for on the label: Parfum, Fragrance
Found in: Most cosmetic and household products
Why is it harmful? Allergic reactions, asthma, suspected immune and neuro toxicity not assessed for safety in cosmetics by the CIR (Cosmetic ingredient review)
If you need more convincing that your beauty products are loaded with toxic chemicals then watch this Video by Story of Stuff.
So how are you feeling now that you have read this list?
I know it’s a lot to take in, remember that you don’t need to switch your whole beauty routine all at once. Take it one beauty product at a time.
If you want to join a group of ladies that are transitioning into a toxic free lifestyle then head over to the Facebook group I created for you to have a space to chat, ask questions and get to know some other cool peeps that are on this journey too. We can achieve so much more together than we can alone. Its called Women who love Toxic-free and Healthy living.