If you want to maintain your physical health for as long as possible, you have to be extremely vigilant about taking care of your body. That often means exercising and eating healthy, organic food.
But, surprising amount of people ignore one of the biggest sources of toxins and contaminants in their daily lives: beauty and bath products. The biggest organ you have is your skin. What you use to clean your skin has a direct effect on your body.
Avoiding Toxins in Beauty Products
Through your skin, just about any chemical can make its way into your body and affect your other organs. Essential oils work by absorbing into your skin and affecting the muscle, bone, or organ underneath your skin.
Many of the dangerous chemicals found in beauty products are extremely effective at barreling into your skin and moving throughout your body. Products such as body wash, moisturizer, and make up, which most people tend to use every day.
How Toxins Get Into Your Products
Manufacturers like to use the cheapest ingredients they can to maximize their profit margins. Government agencies are not quick to outlaw chemicals or require their labeling.Because of that, many beauty manufacturers can use just about anything they want in their products. To add insult to injury, they can use just about any of these chemicals and still label their product as “natural.”
Common Chemicals to Avoid
This information can help you make more informed decisions at the beauty counter and you’ll start to get a feel for common chemicals and the ones that you should avoid.
- Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate: It is extremely toxic and corrosive, as it is added to industrial strength cleaners and engine degreasers (most often added to liquid soaps).
- Propylene glycol: This chemical is added to moisturizers and lotions, despite that propylene glycol is a known carcinogen that has been linked to skin damage in humans.
- Sodium fluoride: This is a neurotoxin that should have no place in your drinking water or beauty products. You can find sodium fluoride, a compound of the chemical, in a wide range of body products.
- Mineral oil is a petroleum byproduct that literally poisons your skin and prevents it from flushing out toxins.
- The purpose of cocoamide DEA (chemical) is to stabilize foam, such as that found in foaming soaps.