This is a serious deviation from the garden theme, but I have SO much to share and this is one of those things that cannot wait.
For a few years now I have been aware that there are innumerable toxic chemicals in most beauty products, lotions, sunscreens, detergents, shampoos and conditioners. Buy a standard personal “beautifying” product and you are getting a lot more than you asked for, in the worst possible way. Not only are you covering up blemishes but you are also get a full dose of toxic, hormone disrupting chemicals! And the lotion you rub all over your body? Most are loaded with thousands of chemicals, that the FDA does not require companies to put on their ingredient list, under the guise that the companies creating these toxic products will lose their competitive edge if their “secret” ingredients are displayed.
Research has shown that many of the chemicals added to our “beauty” products are carcinogenic, hormone disrupting, etc; but the scariest aspect about all of these additives are the super-duper-uber toxic chemical compounds they create when they are all combined. We have all seen or heard about different chemical reactions in basic chemistry classes and to think we are day after day exposing ourselves to such toxicity!
There are great resources for more information; EVERYONE male or female should read about the personal care products they are applying to their skin. As you start to think more about what foods you put in your body you will notice that you also become more conscious of what products you put on your body, what types of materials your sheets, carpets, paints, and towels are made out of, what we store and prepare our food in and the list goes on and on to every facet and material in your life. There are so many cheap products that you end up paying a lot more for later in the form of disease and illness. Luckily there are also many alternative options that will last longer. We have the choice to buy materials that are sustainably created with love, that will not end up in a landfill after a couple of uses, and which do not harm our health and alter our body chemistry.
Beauty Truth: this site was created by a makeup artist and provides beauty facts, tips, products and other information. It has a great layout and resources.
Environmental Working Group: This site is packed with information…I like looking at Skin Deep: Cosmetics Safety Database for information; you can enter a product and it will give it a toxicity rating and tell you what harmful health defects the chemicals in the product encourage.
Just look at Neutrogena Acne Clear Skin Kit (Ranked 8 on a toxicity scale from 0 (harmless)-10 (extremely toxic))
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Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concernsIngredients from packaging: BODY CLEAR BODY WASH (8.5 FL OZ / 250 ML): ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: SALICYLIC ACID (2.0%) (ACNE TREATMENT) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, GLYCERIN, LINOLEAMIDOPROPYL PG0DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, MATRICARIA (CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA) FLOWER EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, TRICLOSAN, YELLOW 5, RED 33, FRAGRANCE. CLEAR PORE OIL-CONTROLLING ASTRINGENT (8 FL OZ/ 236 ML): ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: SALICYLIC ACID (2.0%) (ACNE TREATMENT) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: SD ALCOHOL 40 (45%), WATER, WITCH HAZEL (HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA) EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERETH-7, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, MATRICARIA (CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA) FLOWER EXTRACT, METHYL GLUCETH 20, BENZOPHENONE-4, BLUE 1, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, FRAGRANCE OIL FREE ACNE WASH (6 FL OZ/ 177 ML): ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: SALICYLIC ACID (2.0%) (ACNE TREATMENT) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, SODIUM C12-15 PARETH-15 SULFONATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, MATRICARIA (CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA) FLOWER EXTRACT, LINOLEAMIDOPROPYL PG-DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, YELLOW 5, RED 40, SODIUM CHLORIDE, FRAGRANCE.
And this stuff is supposed to make us look better!
Natural News: loads of information/news about health, chemicals, environment, research, etc.
The toxicity of sunscreen chemicalsAs NaturalNews reported recently, a CDC study shows that 97 percent of Americans are contaminated with a toxic sunscreen chemical called oxybenzone (http://www.naturalnews.com/022990.html). This chemical is found in nearly 600 sunscreen products, including children’s formulas.Sunscreens also contain cancer-causing fragrance chemicals and numerous petrochemical-derived synthetic substances that actually promote cancer. That’s why informed consumers are increasingly avoiding artificial sunscreen products and, instead, using natural substances to prevent sunburn by boosting antioxidant intake. Consuming Astaxanthin, for example, boosts the body’s innate resistance to UV damage. Eating berries and microalgae superfoods (like spirulina and blue-green algae) also boosts antioxidants in the skin, increasing natural resistance to UV damage.The truth is, sunscreen products are outdated and dangerous. They actually cause the very condition (skin cancer) they claim to prevent, and the dermatology industry only promotes sunscreen products because it is heavily funded by sunscreen manufacturers. Even worse, the use of sunscreen causes chronic vitamin D deficiency, leaving consumers susceptible to depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis and all the other degenerative health conditions caused by a lack of vitamin D.Perhaps soon, we’ll have a new sunscreen lotion based on broccoli sprouts instead of toxic oxybenzone. Watch NaturalNews.com for updates on this important discovery.
Read the full article here.
Alternative options. All of this information can be overwhelming, believe me I know. I have personally responded in a few different ways after learning about all of the products, household appliances, chemicals, plastics, sunscreens, cosmetics and on and on and on and all of the horrible health problems they cause. My first reaction was shock and anger. How is this legal!!! This is crazy!! After that I was searching for products that were not so toxic and that I thought “worked”; some of these are quite expensive and it is very unfortunate to buy beauty products that do not do what you want them to. Shampoos and conditioners that dry out your hair, “organic” makeups that really have chemical fragrance and chemicals, and toners that are pretty much just alcohol, essential oils and water and could easily be made at home.
Unfortunately this phase of trial and error and money spending lasted a long time. Too long, too much time wasted, too much money and energy spent. But now, finally, I feel like I am transitioning into a slightly new and different phase. The one where you JUST USE LESS. Instead of having all of these different specific creams and products find a few things that work, or make beauty products at home. This is hard sometimes because those damn marketers for natural beauty products are doing a good job to entice us; but there are some products I recently started using even more that are just amazing.
- Coconut oil. I’ve been using this in food and on my skin and hair for a long time. Its amazing. It tastes good, is perfect for taking off stubborn eye makeup, moisturizing skin, massages, shaving and lip balm. Just look at some of the sites praising the stuff: Beauty and Personal Grooming, and Mercola Products (lots of information about all of the health benefits of coconut). A great source for products is Tropical Traditions.
- Almond oil. I use this for moisturizer/makeup remover as well. It smells great and feels amazing.
- Dr. Hauschka. Expensive; but my favorite by far.
- Sunfoods health and beauty products.
- Just search homemade beauty products for endless resources!
This list could go on endlessly. The point is there are simple, affordable options that can be used in so many different ways and are therefore much more cost efficient.