Sunday, March 22, 2015

What you don't want in your beauty regime.

Do you think about what you are putting on your body and what happens to it once you wash it off? Maybe it is time to think about what you are doing and think about where your money is going. Vegan and organic make-up brands are priced well and is an excellent alternative to your daily face-paint. There are plenty of non-harmful soaps and shampoos around as well as deodorants. If you like to dye your hair try and find a salon that uses green products, there are a few.

Here are a few questions for you:

  1. Do you put make-up on everyday, the kind that stars on the TV the brands that the A-lister's wear or even the cheaper drug store brands? 
  2. Do you wear deodorants, shampoo and condition your hair?
  3. What about moisturizing your skin daily?
  4. Love those lip balms and lipsticks?
  5. Who doesn't like a bubbly bubble bath?
  6. Like to smell beautiful wearing perfume?
  7. Love to dye your hair?
  8. We all have to brush our teeth and wash our hands but what do you use and do you pay attention to what is in it?
  9. We all do these things, some do it more than most and others less so. But are you brand aware more so than health aware? Do you care? If not you should care, it is your health that could be affected. 

Beauty products can hide those blemishes, make you smell nice and so on but have you ever thought that there may be an underlying problem, say, your diet? Your diet can change the way your skin, hair and nails look and feel plus the added bonus, the way you smell. I will go more into that at a later date.

First off lets look at the things you don't want to see in your beauty products.

  • BHA and BHT
  • Coal tar dyes that say P-Phenylenediamine. Yes, it is meant to blind you with science and hard-to-say words. Most people will glance over it not thinking twice.
  • Parabens
  • Parfum
  • PEG
  • Petrolatum
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfates and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Cyclomethicone and siloxanes 
  • DEA, MEA and TEA
  • Dibutyl Phthalate
  • Formeldehyde
  • Triclosan

Not only do these products have the potential to do harm, like improve your chances of cancer, some of these products interfere with hormone balance, they can include heavy metals but there are ecological affects too. You wash a lot of these products off in the shower or bath, it goes into the water and touches wildlife and fish. Do you really want to eat fish that has swallowed beautiful smelly bubbles, it says on the bottle not to swallow it!

This is a very basic overview but there is a lot of information out there and here are a few resources to get more detailed info:

www.DavidSuzuki.org (the dirty dozen as listed above) and www.ewg.org it has gone mobile so you can look-up your beauty products to see what is in them and decide if you really want them on your body.

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