Why should you pay attention to the skin care products you use on your body?
About 2 years, what touched my lips reached my hips AKA I hit 30 and my metabolism hit a wall *takes a deep sigh*. With PCOS added to my woes, it was certainly the right time to change my diet and the toxic products I (didn’t know) was using. Before I can get into how I started replacing my toxic personal products with natural skin care products, here’s why you should care about the personal care products you use everyday.
Simply put – what goes on your body, goes in your body. It takes a couple of minutes for the product you apply on your skin to enter your body. Given that your skin is the largest organ in your body can you imagine how many toxins build up in your body via different products that you come in contact with via touch or smell on a daily basis – shampoo, face wash, toothpaste, bathroom cleaners among a plethora of other household products.
What you put on your body has far more diverse effects than what you eat. Toxins in unhealthy food are filtered by your vital organs before they actually begin to affect you. However, when you apply something on your skin, it directly enters into your blood stream (given the lack of filtration) and causes damage.
How can you tell if the beauty product you’re using is good or bad? Enter EWG
To know what’s in your personal use product, visit EWG Skin Deep website. Enter the product’s name and if it’s in EWG’s 60,000 product database, it will list out each ingredient and explain its potential concerns. EWG rates products on scale of 1 to 10 – ZERO for no traces of toxicity to TEN for high levels of toxicity
Without further adieu, here’s a list of toxic products you use everyday, and natural alternatives you can replace them with.
Most of us have grown up thinking that more a product lathers – the better it cleans. This couldn’t be further away from the truth. Conventional shampoos have SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and Betaine. The SLS is there for cleaning and Betaine to produce lather.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep, SLS has links to:
- Skin, lungs and eye irritation
- Toxicity to organs
- Developmental/reproductive toxicity
- Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, eco toxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
- Possible mutations and cancer
Alternative – I’ve tried replacing shampoo with baking soda, Moroccan method mud based shampoos and finally settled in on Dr Woods Baby castille soap. Why? Because Dr. Wood’s rates 1 on EWG, has natural ingredients and can be easily purchased online with minimal shipping fees.
2. Face wash
Read the label on your facewash. Look for ingredients like fragrance/parfum, parabens, alcohol, formaldehyde or SLS. Find a trash can. Bin it. Seriously. Throw.it.out.
Perfume is used to cover the smell of nasty chemicals. Parabens are hormone-disrupting. Formaldehyde and its multiple nick names are all cancer-inducing and are certified skin- irritants. Alcohol is drying and sucks out your natural moisture.
Replace with natural cleansers like oats, raw honey, bentonite clay or moroccan red clay powder. The more natural the product, the better it is for your skin. Sometimes, when I miss suds (the foaming aspect found in cleansers and face washes), I use Dr Woods Baby castille soap which rates low on the EWF meter.
Did you know most lumps in your breast develop close to your armpit? The reason for this is that we are naturally required to sweat to help remove toxins. When you use an antiperspirants it prevents you from perspiring which leads to a toxic buildup which then manifests into a lump. Makes sense, right? Perfumes on the other hand never have an ingredient list printed on them. Ever wondered why? It’s a known fact that most perfumes are loaded with chemicals linked to cancer, allergies, fertility issues and more.
Replace with odour-killing magnesium oil spray or a natural perfume lotion bar.
4. Body lotion
Most conventional popular lotion brands have ingredients ranging from questionable to potentially toxic. Read the label on your lotion bottle and if you find any of these toxic ingredients -DMDM Hydantoin, Triethanolamine, Butylated Hydroxyanisole,Fragrance or Parfum, ingredients that end in parabens. Do yourself a favour and throw it out. Tip – if you cant pronounce most of the names on the label, then its clearly not good for you.
Similar to personal cleaning products and body lotion, your favourite soap is filled will nasty ingredients and as a result the use of it does you more harm than good.
Replace it with Dr Woods Baby Castille soap
- Similar to your skin, your mouth is highly absorbent. Chemicals in your toothpaste will invariably enter your bloodstream
- SLS(Sodium laureth sulfate), fluoride, triclosan, diethanolamine (DEA), sweeteners are a couple of ingredients found in conventional toothpaste that harm you.
- Sweeteners are added to toothpaste to help improve its taste and has no proven benefit for your teeth.
- Fluoride is a known toxic and carcinogenic. Read about it here.
- SLS is a chemical used to create foam or lather in a product. As a result, it can be found in shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, bodywash, soaps, detergents and body wash. SLS has long list of hazadous properties
Replace it with Earthpaste – safe and natural toothpaste. Its ingredients include clay, unprocessed salt, essential oils and xylitol.Flavours include peppermint, cinnamon, lemon, wintergreen and an unsweetened version. Purchase it here.
All the products listed above are natural and they’ve worked well for my sensitive, problematic skin. You can purchase them on www.iherb.com Use the discount code LCW996 at check out and have it delivered to the UAE for free (or a minimal cost depending on the total weight of your order). Once you make a purchase, you get a discount code which you can pass on to your friends.
But does this all work?
See how you feel. I truly believe you should listen to your body. If you have an itchy throat it means you’re about to get the flu, when you have breakouts it’s a pile up of a bacteria build-up, when you have dandruff its is the result of over shedding of dead skin cells. If you notice changes over a period of time, then rest assured something is clearly working.
Have you made any changes in your personal care and seen results? Would love to hear from you in the comment section below.