Toxic Ingredients in Your Personal Care Products and 5 Things You Should Switch First

Non-Toxic Beauty

“Myth – The government prohibits the use of all dangerous chemicals in personal care products, and companies wouldn’t risk using them.

Fact – With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances, cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval (FDA 2005). Whereas the European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from use in cosmetics, the FDA has only prohibited the following (FDA 2000a):….

The above is a quote from my favorite website to check the toxicity of my personal care products: EWG.org/skindeep

What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put into our bodies.

Often, personal care products that are marketed as making our lives better and easier are actually harming us. Many personal care products contain parabens, phthalates, and heavy metals. I am no expert in this, just aware, so for a more comprehensive list check out this article on “Chemicals of Concern”

Did you know that parabens alone can throw off the endocrine system? Affecting libido, thyroid function, and reproductivity! In 2013 I personally experienced negative side-effects from parabens and over the years have discovered many others have as well.

As soon as I discovered that the roots of multiple issues I was having could be found in my shampoo bottles, face wash, and lotion, I immediately switched.

The switch can get costly so I slowly replaced, one-by-one, each product that was hurting me.

This is a great option, but ideally I would have made the entire switch all at once, but sometimes circumstances (like being newlyweds still in college) dictate otherwise.

If you’re just starting the switch today, here are my top 5 picks to start with:

1. Toothpaste

An easy, less expensive, and every day product that leads to repeated exposure. Growing up we were a Crest family, oh gracious, can’t believe I used that all those years. And contrary to popular belief, fluoride is NOT good for you. For more on holistic dental care, check out one of my previous blogs here.

2. Shampoo

Another frequently used product that gets doused on the crown of our head. How much do you love those sudsy bubbles when you lather your hair up? It’s too bad that the chemicals used to create that lather are far from good for you (although incredibly fun). The sudsing agent many of us equate to the cleanliness of our hair is created from Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS). This culprit is a leading danger in most of our shampoos.

“SLS is possibly the most dangerous ingredient a consumer can find in most shampoos. So potent is SLS, studies have linked it to serious skin and scalp irritation and disease, hair loss and damage and the ability of the chemical to create nitrate compounds which have been linked to cancer and cell damage.
SLS is often disguised by a variety of chemical names such as diethanolime) (DEA, triethanolamine (TEA) and monoethanolamine (MEA). All are common in almost all shampoos. ”

I couldn’t have said it better, Morrocco Method. For more in depth on this subject, check out this blog by my favorite haircare (and the only brand I trust on my scalp) here.

3. Deodorant

Aluminum in deodorant can clog the lymph nodes under the arm, which is no bueno. The lymphatic system is a master detox system, sending toxins on the highway out of the body. Ever notice your lymph nodes getting swollen and tender when you’re sick…think the same concept, but this time, instead of infection or bad little sick bugs, your deodorant is mucking things up.

Not to mention the many synthetic fragrances that we slather on our underarms. They are labeled “synthetic” for a reason…because they aren’t real. Any time a product lists “synthetic fragrance” or just “fragrance” on their product, exercise caution. These are sneaky little words that can pack a powerful punch. Look for products that are scented with essential oils instead.

4. Feminine Hygiene Products

Sorry fellas, the last two here are going to be more for the ladies.

Let’s face it gals, for one week out of the month we are forced to find a sanitary way to stay, well, sanitary.

When I tell women some of what is in their pads and tampons they’re often shocked! And think about it, not even just a pad, but a chemical filled tampon you are inserting directly into your body! For hours at a time! I can’t remember the last box of Tampax I bought and I hope soon enough you won’t either.

There are two leading options when it comes to holistic period care: organic cotton pads and tampons and silicon cups. Let me be honest, I haven’t gotten brave enough for the silicon cups yet, but I know women who have and they love it or hate it. For now, I play it safe and use a brand called NatraCare. Side note of caution, if you have celiac disease, Seventh Generation uses wheat in their pads. They’re not a bad option, but obviously for me and anyone like me, that’s a no go.

5. Make-Up

I went years without wearing makeup and nail polish because of the ingredients found in the leading brands. Not to mention my face is already acne prone, so putting toxins on top of that was only making the situation worse.

I know as a woman I don’t need makeup to be beautiful, but it sure does help to feel that way sometimes! I researched organic and natural companies for quite some time before deciding on a brand. I chose 100% Pure for their integrity, quality, and holistic approach (not to mention their beautiful packaging!)

We are putting makeup on the most vulnerable skin on our body, near the eyes, and directly in the mouth (think about how often you “eat” your lipstick and lipgloss)

Choose a make-up company that cares about what is in their products in addition to how well the products perform and their impact on the environment. Not ones filled with lead, formaldehyde, and siloxanes.

I mentioned a few companies above with their links, but if you’re interested in more of the products I use, check out my Amazon Store and other links on my “Products I Love” tab.

I have such a passion to educate others not only on nutrition but a holistic lifestyle as well.

This lifestyle is one that encompasses full circle because our bodies depend solely upon us to take care of it in all aspects of life. If you’re just getting started on your natural, nutritional journey, please don’t be overwhelmed! It took me years upon years to learn this much and I still yet have so much more to learn!

I hope I’ve taught you a little something today and that maybe the light bulb has gone on for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at katie@naturallykatie.com. You can also find me on Instagram and FaceBook.

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