Today, I want to talk to you about The Price Of Beauty: What You DON’T Know About Beauty Products & What They Do In Your Body.
As women, we are bombarded by the media with a barrage of new beauty products we just HAVE TO try.
In my own life. before I started on this path, I was always on the lookout for products that would help me balance my skin, get rid of pimples, clean it thoroughly, and help me with dryness in wintertime. I never realized that the products I was trying and using every single day were actually harming me and creating those issues, rather than fixing them.
In 2011, when I discovered that I had endometriosis, I felt yet again like the answers were outside of me. I felt overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated. And while I knew I had to find a solution to help me get better, I didn’t know where to turn to find that solution. So I looked into and researched many topics. From food to environmental toxins, stress and its causes and impacts on our bodies, to our emotions and thoughts and how to connect with the subconscious…
This has been an incredible journey and one that’s still extremely empowering!
Back then, as I looked further into the topic of environmental toxins, I found out that beauty products might be causing me problems. This is what I am sharing in this article today.
Looking at environmental toxins and at the beauty products I was using, I quickly discovered…
1. There are toxic chemicals in our beauty products and our bodies
They get into our bodies through the skin, making us toxic. These chemicals are even linked with cancer, reproductive problems and other health problems, yet they are still a part of what the industry sells us!
2. Small exposures can create BIG harm
You might be told that the amount of chemicals in the beauty products you’re using is small, but it builds up over time.
Usually it gets stored into the fat layers of the skin, when the liver cannot filter them all out of the body, ultimately leading the body to store fat as protection.
That was a surprise for me! Is it one for you too?
In recent years, I have shifted into a more empowered way of thinking and a very different state of mind. Now, every single time I buy something, I ask myself, “Could I eat this?”. If I know the answer is no, then I leave it. Because as surely as what we eat goes into our bodies, what we lather onto our skin and hair does the same. So by asking yourself this simple question, you will see things more clearly.
What beauty products do you use daily? Would you put them in your mouth? If the answer is no, you might want to do some more research and change brands.
If you feel ready to move into a safer and more natural beauty way of life, then keep reading…
1. Reconsider your nail polish, body lotion, and deodorant
Toss any/all products if the label lists chemicals from the phthalate family (DBP, DEHP). These are considered “endocrine disruptors” and are used to make products soft and malleable.
2. Reconsider your toothpaste, shampoo, bath salts, and body/shower gel
Toss any/all products if the label lists sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES). These “endocrine disruptors” and are used as agents and emulsifiers.
3. Reconsider your conditioner, foundation, concealer, facial mask, and skin cream
Toss any/all products if the label lists chemicals known as parabens (including methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl). These “endocrine disruptors” and are used as germicides and preservatives.
4. Reconsider your soap, hairspray, eyeliner, talc, shaving cream, and hair spray
Toss any/all products if the label lists chemicals from the anolamine family (DEA, TEA, MEA). These “endocrine disruptors” and are used as emulsifiers, pH adjusters, preservatives, and foaming agents.
5. Reconsider your petroleum jelly, and skin and lip products
Toss any/all products if the label lists petrolatum. These “endocrine disruptors” and are used as a moisturizer.
6. Check out how toxic your cosmetics are
Look up your cosmetics on the SkinDeep Database from the Environmental Working Group to see if they are safe for you to use. You can also subscribe to the safe cosmetics campaign: http://www.safecosmetics.org/.
7. Consider making your own cosmetics
I love creating my own using different type of oils and mixing them with essential oils. Dr. Josh Axe has a great article on how to use coconut oil for the skin.
8. Don’t kill your good skin bugs
Good bugs protect the upper layer of your skin. The purpose of these bugs it to nourish your skin, prevent bad bacteria to come in, and also prevent infections. However, the solutions used to cleanse the skin will strip it from these good bugs. So here again, choose wisely.
Don’t follow someone else’s plan. Make sure you make your own research. Audrey Sourroubille Arnold
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