Saturday, January 21, 2012

Can Natural Personal Care Products Improve Your Overall Health?

Did you know?

According to a 2005 survey of 2,300 adults by the Environmental Working Group, the average woman encounters 168 chemical ingredients in her beauty regimen everyday. And let's not forget about the men — they're slathering themselves with an average of 85 chemicals everyday, too.
To be reasonable, I haven't heard of anyone dying from using skincare or personal care products with toxic ingredients i.e. parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and other petroleum-based products.

That said, I was reading an article from Natural News on breast cancer and parabens Study: Nearly all women with breast cancer have parabens in their breast tissue . Whatever your thoughts are on the link between parabens and breast tissue, why not err on the side of safety? There are great products that are non-toxic and safe for you and your family to choose from so why not choose products that are free of toxic chemicals?

Because we don't know with any certainty what the long-term danger may be from using products with parabens (also methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben) and other toxic chemicals, why not use a preventive approach when it comes to your skincare and personal care products? Preventive care is the best care in my opinion.

Keeping my household free of toxins has been a family goal in the last few years. And although we can't eliminate everything toxic in the environment we're selective when it comes to the products we use.

So where do you find the best products that are really non toxic and safe? Unfortunately, not all products labled "natural" are really natural or safe. You will need to be your own "product detective". It's easy to be persuaded by marketing jargons with words like "natural", "artisan", "botanicals", "naturally-based" that unsuspecting shoppers assume the products are natural and safe.

In my last post, I touched on product ingredients to avoid in common skin care and personal care items. Here's a great post from The Daily Green on clever marketing terms to watch for Be Skeptical of These 10 Marketing Terms

The bottom line is: use preventive care and make a commitment to start using safe and non-toxic products for you and your family. Many products that I use are not only non toxic and safe but they cost less than products with all the chemicals in them!

Taking a natural approach certainly won't hurt you and can benefit you in many other ways. You might find yourself taking a greener lifestyle approach not just with skincare and personal care products but being more selective with the foods you eat too.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic.

Be healthy,


P.S. Do you need help finding non-toxic products for you or your family? Leave me a comment or email me and request a FREE product sample to try.

Friday, January 13, 2012

What's In Your Skin Care and Personal Care Products?

A new year a new look and outlook, perhaps? When it comes to your beauty regimen, you have a lot of choices. Now more than ever, consumers are savvy when it comes to shopping for personal care products. All natural, non toxic beauty and personal care products are in.

Women want to look good but underneath all that make-up, often lies harmful and toxic beauty ingredients, that women aren't aware of. Fortunately, today's beauty market is filled with make up options.

Why should you choose or even care about using non-toxic products?

Why not when you can easily find high quality eco conscious products without all those eecky chemicals. Some of the products that are hidden in your skin care, make up, and common personal care products may contain some or all of these ingredients ... even the ones that claim to be "natural"!

Ingredients to avoid

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
• Petrolatum
• Propylene Glycol
• Parabens
• Synthetic Colors

This is just a partial list of potentially harmful ingredients. 
Here are some great articles to further your knowledge on ingredients to avoid:

"Trust These 6 Green Beauty Product Labels"

"Be Skeptical of These 10 Marketing Terms"
"Avoid These 6 Beauty Product Ingredients"

If you're a fan of non toxic products, please kindly share with others by retweeting, sharing on Facebook, etc.

Be healthy,