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. Â 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. Â 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. Â It’s said to disrupt the endocrine system and cause cancer.
- Parabens – Used to prohibit the growth of bacteria, yeast and molds in cosmetics. Â It’s estrogenic and can be linked to increases in breast cancer.
- Synthetic colors -Â 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. Â 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. Â Fragrances are linked to allergies and to respiratory, skin, endocrine disturbances.
- Phthalates -Â These are used to increase the flexibility and pliability in plastics. Â They cause early breast development in girls, breast cancer and reproductive abnormalities in both genders. Â Unfortunately, sometimes these are added to the “fragrance” and are not disclosed.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)Â – Creates the sudsing effect of products and is added frequently. Â It creates skin, respiratory and eye irritation. Â 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. Â It’s pretty much the absolute cure all in our house. Â I’ll talk about that in another post.
What’s your favorite natural beauty products?
Do you pay attention to chemical-free products?