I believe I shared how cosmetics are one of the least regulated consumer products on the market in a previous newsletter but it still boggles my mind. Did you also know that most ingredients have never been assessed for safety in the US? According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, only about 13 percent of ingredients used in personal care products have been reviewed by a self-regulated industry, and more than 1 in 5 products contain chemicals linked to cancer. Crazy???
And, we all know there is nothing pretty about cancer! Just imagine the toxic combinations if you mix products (and we all do). Like… what if you use more than one hair styling product, several different brands of makeup together or layer on perfume? Carcinogenic cocktail in the making?
Remember skin is your largest organ. Using products fresh from Mother Nature is not only the in thing to do, but can really have a huge impact on your beauty and your health. If you’re just starting out and want to make the switch to more natural products, the most effective way is to begin with what covers the largest surface area of your body and stays on the longest. Just this simple change alone can significantly decrease the toxic burden on your body. Remember we only have one life and one body – so take care of it!
4 recommendations if you are making the switch
Don’t throw everything out! Do not go on a rampage tossing everything in sight! If you’re anything like me you’re going to ignore this advice, but try your best. Focus on body care, skincare and then make up.
Replace products as you run out. One at a time, with healthier choices each time. Remember, to go for the biggest impact. Body wash, soap and facial cleansers and body lotion are probably the easiest products to replace.
If it doesn’t work, you’re not going to use it. Look for truly natural and organic beauty product reviews from someone who has similar taste in products. Truth of the matter is that regardless of how squeaky clean the ingredients are, if the product doesn’t work, you aren’t going to use it.
Know your ingredients. What goes for one doesn’t always go for all, so go product-by-product and read every single ingredient on the label. If you’re not sure what it is or if the company doesn’t disclose all (only mentions key ingredients), don’t buy the product.
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