Not too long ago, I loved to slather sweet smelling lotion all over my body. I faithfully used my floral scented body spray as soon as I stepped out of the shower. My shampoo and conditioner smelled divine too. They all made me feel so "clean."
But was I?
One day, after finishing a two week whole food detox, it dawned on me that I wasn't paying attention to what I was putting ON my body. I knew that pesticides are bad and that's why I ate organic. But I hadn't given much thought to my beauty routine and if it was polluting my body as well.
Actually, I was in a bit of denial. I wasn't ready to give up my favorite make up and sweet smelling body spray. For me, changing the way I ate was a lot easier to do than messing with my sacred beauty routine.
But... I did change. I had to. I did it for my body, my health and my beauty. Because I knew that chemicals are poison. They can make you age faster by destroying healthy cells, and can even lead to cancer.
Actually, it wasn't as hard as I thought. With so many new products hitting the market every day, I had tons of toxic free items to choose from. It took some research, time and effort, but I found great new beauty products that I now won't give up.
And the best part, they won't make me sick!
Let me just point out that the average woman puts over 200 chemicals on her body every day. All from personal care products. And it takes only 20 minutes for those chemicals to absorb into the bloodstream. Does that alarm you? It did me.
Here's what I use today. I make sure to avoid anything with parabens, formaldehyde, sulphates, synthetic preservatives, fragrances and colorants. I look for products made with non GMO and naturally derived ingredients when possible.
- CSI Superhyalauronic moisturizing cream
- Origins Plantscription anti-aging foundation
- Burt's Bees lip shimmer
- Alba Botanica coconut milk shampoo
- Alba Botanica coconut milk conditioner
- Primal Pit Paste natural deodorant in lavendar
- Nature's Gate natural toothpaste
- Trader Joe's SPA facewash with tea tree oil
- EO Essential Oil body lotion, coconut and vanilla
- Zoya nail polish
Not ready to switch? Check out the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep database and see if your product passed the safety test.
If you happen to have a favorite toxic free product you absolutely love, please share in the comments below! I'm always looking for cool new stuff!