So you have started drinking green smoothies and eating more vegetables buying more organic fruit and vegetables and you even might be looking at fermenting your own vegetables, or removing grains from your diet. But what about the chemicals you put on the outside of your skin? Your skin is your largest organ and it goes through a lot, but also absorbs a lot. The fumes and toxins in the atmosphere you can’t control unless you are lucky enough to live away from most of us. But the ones you bring into your home and use on your skin you can control.
Now I’m the first to put on make up, do my nails and dye my hair . . . it’s not about giving up on your appearance just making healthier choices. There are so many great products out there now and even since I started in the organic industry there’re fantastic and stand up against most of the chemical versions.
Becoming used to reading labels and asking questions is key. Remember “Natural” “Organic” and “Sensitive Skin” can be labelled on anything. Another shocking fact I leant to from watching ‘The Human Experiment’ that I strongly recommend every one watch, is that a chemical can be released on to the market, and on the shelves in your local store without any testing to prove its safe!! If YOU the consumer wants to prove its unsafe then you have to fight them in long expensive court battles to win and get it removed. The other thing most people don’t realise is, that say your shower tile foam has been proved safe (which it most certainly has not) when you mix it with your shower screen spray it might then create another chemical that the vapours are then toxic. You risk your own health using such highly toxic chemical in your home.
Here are a few nasties to look out for: (keep in your purse and check against your products) some you will know and some will be disguised.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate: these are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors and at car washes. AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner and toothpaste. Exposure causes eye damage, depression, diarrhea and many other ailments.
Acrylamide: Found in many hand and face creams. Studies suggest it may cause breast tumors.
Talc: has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It can be found in makeup, baby and adult powders and foundation. (so say no to talc when you have your wax ladies)
Fragrance: is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system. “Fragrances” are found in most shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, skincare and body care products.
Alcohol: ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol and is very drying and irritating for the skin. Alcohols strip away the skin’s natural acid mantle, making you more vulnerable to bacteria, moulds and viruses. May promote brown spots and premature aging of skin.
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol): PEG’s are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.
Dioxane: (a synthetic derivative of coconut). Widely used in skin care products. Usually contains high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. 1,4-dioxane is considered a chemical “known to cause cancer.” It is a by-product of the cancer-causing petrochemical ethylene oxide, which is used as part of a process called ethoxylation, which makes harsh ingredients milder.
1,4-Dioxane: is also suspected of being a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant, among others.
Mineral oil: liquid paraffin, paraffin wax, petrolatum – a petroleum by-product that coats the skin to keep in moisture. It clogs the pores, interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, encouraging acne and other disorders. Can cause photosensitivity and strips the natural oils from the skin causing chapping and dryness, also premature ageing. Any mineral oil derivative can be contaminated with cancer causing PAH’s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons). Skincare manufacturers use mineral oil because it’s cheap.
DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine): These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents, research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, sunscreens and facial cleansers. It’s often the sun burning the sunscreen and mostirizers that causes skin cancer not the sun its self.
Phthalates and Parabens
Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have demonstrated themselves to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer endocrine system, as well as causing allergic reactions and skin rashes.Also known asinterfere with the body’s endocrine system, as well as causing allergic reactions and skin rashes.Also known as methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl widely used as a preservative in skin care products (including moisturizers)
Phenol carbolic acid: Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
Rancid natural emollients: Natural oils used in skin care products should be cold pressed. When oils are refined, they are stripped of vital nutrients and also contain poisonous trans fatty acids. Natural oils can also go rancid if kept past their use-by date.
Toluene: Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
Triclosan: An anti-bacterial agent, widely used in skin care products (also used in weed killers). There is evidence to suggest triclosan may contribute to creating strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, due to its wide use in skin care products. (no anti-bacterial hand wash, or hand sanitizers or soaps)
Petrolatum: is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene. As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin breathing and excreting.
I know this list seems long but they are good at adding chemicals under new names and adding them into the organic natural ranges too.
A few products I use:
I have changed to Butter nail polish and Prissy nail polish as a better alternative. And there are more natural nail polish removers on the market now.
I change my products especially my shampoo and conditioner depending on where I buy it but they always are free from the nasties.
I love Theres Kerr Divine tooth mouse and mouth wash and her deodorant really works and my husband loves it too (that was hard getting him away from roll on cheap brands).
or doTERRA onGUARD tooth gel to which you can purchase through me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Vanessa Megan essential oils pufume as I had not worn perfume for 2 years and missed it so was so happy to find this one to use form time to time, I also use doTERRA essential oils to make up my own perfume blends.
I use Colloidal silver for many beauty needs and as a natural Anti-biotics to. I use Witch Hazel as a skin toner and for burns and doTERRA Tea tree for spots or fungal infections, ear aches or water clogged ears and on my nails. Good old coconut oil comes out a lot for a moisturiser to oil pull and mixed with Bi-carb as a heavy duty deodorant for the gym. Apple cider Vinegar is great toner for the skin and removes sunscreen and lovely in the bath to deeply clean. I use Epsom Salt and Bi-Carb in the bath with doTERRA lavender oil. Cocolove makes https://www.cocoloco.net.au her own sunscreen which is only natural ingredients and really works as a great Sunscreens for the days that are above 25 and for when kinder insist on the boys wearing it, but mostly we wear hats and cover our skin and use avocado oil, hazelnut and coconut oil which a natural sun blocks of unto SPF 15. Short burst of exposer daily without sunscreen protects your skin from burning and gives you that much needed vitamin D. (since stopping using mainstream chemical sunscreens I no longer burn and have red sore patches)
I love dry brushing to remove toxins and exfoliate my skin and use a glove I can wash or a brush and change it regulay. Followed by magnesium oil to keep my levels up or magnesium flake baths.
I go to a organic hair salon in Mullumbimby to have my hair dyed and they use as natural as possible hair dyes.
I discovered Ere Perez make up about 8 years ago and have loved it ever since. It’s range keeps expanding and holds up to most professional ranges without the harmful chemicals or nasty animal products. I also like Dr Hauschka and Eye of Horus mascara is amazing too.
As with food, swap 1 product a week and slowly make the changes. It’s not about rushing to buy it all and throwing everything out.
Please check out Nicole Bijlsma from Healthy Homes. She is the guru on safe homes chemicals and how to rid your home of moulds, toxins and things that can caused long term health complaints and talks about electrical energy wi-fi and the dangers of microwaves. Her book is great.
Enjoy making the healthy choices and making your home safe x x