Do you have any idea how many chemicals are in your foundation, lipstick, eye shadow and eyeliner? What about your shampoo, conditioner, aftershave, body wash and soaps? Do you have any idea the harm that they can do to your body? I’ll tell you. 1 in 82,000 (eighty-two thousand!!) of the chemicals that you are smearing onto your face and body every morning are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products that you are using include plasticizers, degreasers and surfactants.

Seriously, that sounds like you’re working in an auto repair shop, not in your own bathroom.

Here is your mission: Go to your bathroom and pull out your daily use cosmetics. I’m guessing it will include: Face wash, moisturizer, bronzer, foundation, concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, lip liner, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, body wash, soap, hairspray, gel, deodorant, hair dye, nail polish….. and how many more?? These are a lot of products to use every day, or even several times per week. The chemicals in each of the products create a compounding effect. They add up over time through repeated exposure. Every single thing that you put on your body actually ends up IN your body. Your skin is your largest organ, and if you are smearing it daily with toxins, there is nowhere for these toxins to go but be absorbed! By adding this toxic load to your body, you are putting excess stress on your entire system, because your body has to work extra hard to detoxify your system.

Here are the worst chemical offenders that I want you to stay clear of:

1. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Even small amounts of formaldehyde causes cancer. (Check your nail polish) 2. Parabens Used as preservatives in a variety of cosmetics. They are endocrine disrupters and interfere with reproductive functions. Also look for related chemicals with “paraben” in their names, such as methylparaben, butylparaben, and propylparaben, isobutylparaben, and ethylparaben. 3. Sodium Laureth (or Lauryl) Sulfate This is found in cosmetics that create a foaming action – such as shampoos, soaps, body wash and bubble bath. This is often combined with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. 4. PEG compounds These chemicals are petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers, and are known carcinogens. 5. Parfum (Fragrance) Any mixture of fragrances can be used and never have to be identified for their chemical composition! We have no idea what chemicals are used to create various fragrances because the only ingredient that must be listed is ‘parfum’ or ‘fragrance’. These chemicals trigger allergies and asthma, and some are linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.

[Here’s my story…]

When I stopped using toxic cosmetic products many years ago, the first thing I noticed was that my contact lenses were much more comfortable to wear, and much less dry. And, being disposable, they were actually still comfortable for up to 5 weeks of wear with organic makeup, as compared to 3 weeks maximum, while unknowingly using toxic products.

So, what is the solution?!

Find natural, organic, toxin-free products! There is a world of natural options with no toxins available at the natural health food store. You can find all of the toxin-free shampoos, conditioners, soaps, make-up, deodorant and personal hygiene products you could ever need at the health food store!! Bring this list with you as a basis to know what chemicals to avoid, and do some more research on your own. My number one guideline is: If you can’t read the ingredient list, put it back on the shelf!! Choose products that contain natural products that you can actually read and know what they are. Ask for the support of the employees at your natural health store, they are filled with so much knowledge to share with you about the best products for you.  To learn more about scientific anti-aging solutions click here https://familyhealthadvocacy.com/promising-supplement-key-to-anti-aging/

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