Cleaning up your personal care products is just as important as cleaning up the food in your kitchen. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and can absorb 60% of what you put on it topically. Laboratory tests reveal that chemicals commonly used in personal care and cosmetic products can be found in our blood supply for a time period ranging from a few hours to decades. The products you put on your skin do matter! Here are some of the most common nasty ingredients you will find in commercial personal care products that you might want to reconsider.
5 Ingredients to Avoid
Used mostly to extend shelf life, parabens have been found in urine samples after repeated topical use. They have been shown to disrupt endocrine function and can be linked to certain types of cancers. The label will read: Look for the word paraben as the suffix in the ingredient list.
The purpose of phthalates is to increase the flexibility in plastics, but has also been used in personal care products such as nail polish (to reduce cracking), in hair spray (to help avoid stiffness) and as a fixative in fragrances. They have been linked to breast cancer, reproductive birth defects, and endocrine disruption. The label will read: Fragrance almost always contains phthalates. You may see it listed as DEP, DBP, or DMP. The “phth” may show up in the middle of a word too.
- Synthetic Fragrance
Synthetic compounds are added to products to make them smell good. The most synthetic compounds contain phthalates (which we mentioned above) and can hinder our cells ability to detoxify. Many fragrance ingredients are allergens and can show up in breast milk, in oceans, blood, and in babies. The label will read: Fragrance, perfume, parfum.
Used in many hand sanitizers, antiperspirants/deodorants, and soaps as an antibacterial agent, scientists say it may affect human liver, blood, and reproductive systems. There are also concerns that triclosan may add to the growing problem of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. It’s so bad that the state of Minnesota recently banned the use and purchase of products with triclosan. Hopefully more states will be following in their footsteps. The label will read: Triclosan, or Irgasan DP-300, Lexol 300, Ster-Zac, Cloxifenolum.
Widely used as a foaming agent to break down dirt, sulfates can be found in shampoos, toothpastes, hair color, bleaching agents, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts. YIKES! They can be linked to eye irritation, cancers, organ toxicity, and reproductive issues. The label will read: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), or Ammonium Laurel Sulfate (ALS)
The Simply Real Solution
A few years ago I started to make many of my own personal care products. I think we all deserve to use the most natural ingredients on our skin. So, lucky for you, you can now purchase all of my homemade products including deodorant, sugar scrubs, bath salts, foaming hand soap, and hand sanitizer on our Simply Real Etsy page.
All of our products are free of any nasty ingredients yet work better than the store bought versions! All products are 100% natural and I use organic ingredients whenever possible. They make wonderful gifts for teachers, friends, family, and co-workers. Order now and items can be shipped directly to your door both nationally and internationally.
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