Tips on Buying and Making Natural Beauty Care Products
We have talked a lot about detox this month, primarily as it relates to your digestive system. One thing we haven’t discussed is the impact of toxins applied to the skin. Many people start their day with the use and application of cleansers and beauty products, without thinking twice about what is in them. Unfortunately, many commercially available products have known toxins, some of which have been linked to a variety of health problems.
About 60-65% of things applied to the skin are absorbed into your bloodstream and cells. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of your body. Because there are no governmental regulations on personal care products, many name brand items contain toxins. For example, many lipsticks contain lead, and certain shampoos and deodorants have formaldehyde. Most products contain sodium laurel sulphate, which is thought to cause irritation to the liver, lungs, and immune system. Parabens have been linked to increased estrogen, which can be a cause of breast cancer. So what to do?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an environmental health research and advocacy organization, and they have created a cosmetics database that ranks name brand products on a 0-10 scale according to possible toxic risk. They examine the ingredients and rank them based on overall hazard, ingredients known to be carcinogenic, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunotoxicity, and other concerns. With over 72,000 products in their database, you can search for most or all of the things you already have at home.
The good news is that there are all kinds of alternatives, from purchasing certified natural products to making your own.
Check out these companies, who are well known for their natural, safe products:
Making personal care products at home is another option. Check out the following websites for recipes that cover all the bases. Some examples include baby lotion, facial scrubs, mascara, shaving cream, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, deodorant, makeup remover, and even feminine hygiene products. Many of the items can be made with only a handful of ingredients, some of which you may already have around the house.
- Wellness Mama: This site has some great recipes, such as Homemade Honey Face Wash, Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub, and Soap Nuts Shampoo.
- Natural Organic Products and Recipes
- School of Natural Skincare
All of us want to look and feel our best. Just remember to think about what you are putting onto your body as well as what you are putting into it. Trying natural beauty products is a way to reduce your intake of toxins, and to ensure what goes on your body is safe. Let us know if you find a great product or recipe! Even better, share it with others on our Facebook page.