In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d start a series about how we keep our home green by discussing my favorite non-toxic beauty products, home and cleaning products and how to have a non-toxic medicine cabinet.
Today, we’ll start with my favorite non-toxic beauty products I use daily.
First, let me start off by saying that going green and stopping the usage of toxic products has been a long progression for me. I started by paying attention to my food and then I since I’m an acupuncturist, I went for alternative medicine much more frequent to finally my home and beauty products. This took several years to come to and the progression is definitely not over.
Chemicals and Additives to Avoid
- BHA and BHT – Used as preservatives in moisturizers, makeup and packaged food. It’s said to disrupt the endocrine system and cause cancer.
- Parabens – Used to prohibit the growth of bacteria, yeast and molds in cosmetics. It’s estrogenic and can be linked to increases in breast cancer.
- Synthetic colors – If you notice FD&C or D&C on a label, they represent artificial colors and should avoided because they are linked to ADHD in children, cancer and skin irritation. The European Union has banned them.
- Fragrance – Nobody really knows what exactly is in fragrance because the term is used to protect the company’s recipe. Fragrances are linked to allergies and to respiratory, skin, endocrine disturbances.
- Phthalates – These are used to increase the flexibility and pliability in plastics. They cause early breast development in girls, breast cancer and reproductive abnormalities in both genders. Unfortunately, sometimes these are added to the “fragrance” and are not disclosed.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) – Creates the sudsing effect of products and is added frequently. It creates skin, respiratory and eye irritation. It also combines with other chemicals to create a carcinogen.
- Formaldehyde – Prevents bacterial growth, but is linked to cancer.
My Favorite Non-Toxic Beauty Products
I use coconut oil for everything from a moisturizer to face wash to “neosporin,” to shaving gel to oil pulling for oral health to diaper rash cream. It’s pretty much the absolute cure all in our house. I’ll talk about that in another post.
What’s your favorite natural beauty products?
Do you pay attention to chemical-free products?