Do you really know what you are putting on your body?
When trying to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right and exercising, sometimes the last areas we may think to change are our cleaning and personal care products. We’ve been paying very close attention to what we put in our mouths. We read food labels to look for added sugars and other ingredients we can’t pronounce. So why are we not concerned about what we put on our skin, our cleaning products or the personal hygiene products we use every.single.day?
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and what you put on it or come into contact with is absorbed into our bloodstream and integrated into our body tissues. The skin is not a coat of armor, of course it protects our body, but it doesn’t stop ingredients from entering our body and bloodstream. Ingredients that can change and alter our hormones, cellular structure and have many health risks.
Do what ingredients am I talking about:
1 - Triclosanis classified as a pesticide and probable carcinogen by the EPA. In fact, the EPA gives Triclosan high scores both as a human health risk and as an environmental risk. It is a synthetic antibacterial ingredient that contributes to the creation of resistant forms of bacteria like MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). Tricolsan also alters hormone regulation and in 2017 Minnesota was the first state to ban this ingredient.
2 – Parabensare used as a preservative and not always labeled. It is a cheap way for companies to make their products last longer without collecting bacteria. A study done by the Journal of Applied Toxicology detected high amounts of parabens in breast cancer cell growth. It was found in the breast tumors. Parabens are able to bind to estrogen receptors, where they encourage breast cancer cell growth. It mimics natural estrogen which can lead to cancer. It may contribute to sterility in males, hormone imbalance in females, and early puberty.
3 - Phthalatesmake nail polish chip resistant and fragrances last longer. They are found in many personal care items including feminine products. Phthalates are used as a plasticizers and can disrupt normal hormone functioning. They have been linked to liver and kidney damage. Phthalates are commonly abbreviated on labels as DBP or DEP.
4 – Fragranceis basically a secret mixture of chemicals. Companies are not required to list these chemicals on product labels. Toluene, which is in fragrances, is a known neurotoxin that causes loss of muscle control, brain damage, headaches, memory loss, and speech, hearing, and vision problems.
5 - Synthetic colorscome from coal tar and may be strongly linked to ADHD in children. Synthetic colors contain heavy metal salts and may cause skin irritations. Many studies link these dyes to cancer.
6 - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS , is one of THE most dangerous ingredients used in cleaners and personal care products. Laboratories use it to purposely irritate the skin on animals and humans so that they can then test the effectiveness of healing agents on irritated skin. It is a mouth irritant that is in almost every toothpaste and can cause canker sores. It is found in 90% of foaming beauty care products. SLS, may cause liver damage, skin rashes, depression, diarrhea, and eye damage.
7 - Propylene Glycolis found in cleaners, shampoos, lotions, deodorants and toothpaste. It is what prevents deodorant from drying out and is the main ingredient in antifreeze. The EPA considers Propylene Glycol so toxic that they require gloves and goggles when disposing of and burying it. Yet is in many products we use everyday. It has been known to cause brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. Scary huh?
8 - Alcohol: Mouthwash products with an alcohol content of over 25% are linked to cancer of the mouth, tongue, and throat. Most mouthwashes have higher alcohol content than most alcoholic beverages. Alcohol acts as a solvent in the mouth, making tissues more vulnerable to carcinogens.
9 - Metals: Women with breast cancer have higher levels of these metals. Aluminum prevents your skin from sweating. DEA, MEA, TEA are foaming boosters and may cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis. Very easily absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream and accumulates in the brain and other organs. Metals (lead, aluminum, arsenic, mercury, nickel, iron) all have effects on estrogen and breast cancer cells.
Wow, that was a lot of information, right? And you are probably a little overwhelmed, skeptical or maybe want to just quit reading. I get it! I do encourage you to do your own research. Look this stuff up on your own. Don’t take my word for it, please be your own wellness advocate for you and your family!
A lot of what’s in our products and what companies can get away with putting in our products is because of what our government allows. The European government has banned 1,222 times more chemicals than the U.S. Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, household cleaners are the only household products for which manufacturers are NOT required to list all ingredients.
We live in a chemical world;every day we are exposed to toxins, chemicals, and pollutants. It can be overwhelming to even think if we can avoid all of this exposure. Even some of the so-called “green” products are damaging to our health. It may not be possible to avoid ALL of the toxins in our lives, but there are plenty of ways to significantly reduce your family’s exposure through simple lifestyle changes and behaviors. One of the ways I have reduced my family’s exposure is by changing out the cleaning products and personal hygiene products I use.
Here are some of my favorites:
Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner- Thieves household cleaner is an all-purpose cleaner formulated with 100% plant- and mineral-based ingredients. It gets out tough stains and problem areas in the home without harsh or abrasive cleaners. I use it on EVERYTHING! No more having 10 bottles of cleaner under your kitchen sink!
Thieves Dish soap, Laundry Detergent, Fruit & Veggie Soak, dishwasher detergent
Skin care products including face wash, moisturizers, make up and lip gloss
Personal Hygiene Products – toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, body wash, mouthwash, hand soap and hand sanitizer.
How many of you have already used some type of personal care product before reading this post? Women use an average of 15 personal care products a day, and men use about 6. Each product contains at least a dozen or so chemicals, so if you think about it, you are slathering, spritzing, and soaking in well over a hundred different potentially harmful chemicals. Each time we put on lotion or deodorant, shave, put makeup on, brush our teeth, or shampoo, we expose ourselves to harmful chemicals. In fact, 89% of chemicals present in these products have not been tested for public safety.
It only takes 26 seconds for a chemical in your body lotion or burning candle to enter your bloodstream. With all of the pollutants in our environment today, it is just as important that we use personal care products that are made from natural and healthy ingredients just like the foods we are eating.
It is not a secret that plant foods nourish our bodies. The saying “You are what you eat” has been around forever. When we eat a healthy, nutritious diet full of veggies, fruits, and antioxidants, we can see the beneficial health effects, both internally and externally. You notice a difference in your skin, energy level, how your clothes fit, how clearly you think and much more. This is also true when you change out the ingredients you are using in your homes and on your skin and hair.
The products I use are plant-based, safe, toxin free and infused with therapeutic-grade essential oils to make them more effective. Applying products derived from plants and minerals is a smart and natural way to make your skin appear both healthy and beautiful. Essential oils in natural skin-care products can work wonders for your complexion and maintaining the overall health and wellness of your skin and hair. Young living has the perfect solutions to meet your all-natural lifestyles!
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