Toxic Cosmetics-The Truth About Toxic Chemical Additives
Luckily, I received answers to what was causing a majority of my symptoms. Although the diagnosis was a relief, it left me with many unanswered questions. I had been given several prescriptions to mask my symptoms, but I did not want to medicate myself, I wanted to get to the root of the problem. The paradox of it all- I have no family history of autoimmune or thyroid disorders. Therefore, I was left believing my health issues were due to environmental causes. With this information in mind, I began to minimize my chemical exposure, which involved revamping my diet and making less-toxic cosmetic choices. I have made many adjustments within the past year of diagnosis, which allowed me to discontinue or avoid the use of all but one prescription. It was not an easy transition from sickness to better health; it took time, education, dedication and a lot of patience. Now, I appreciate each day of life a lot more. I strive to make healthier food choices and aim to use well-formulated, non-toxic or minimally-toxic cosmetic products. Because of lifestyle adjustments, I am seeing favorable improvements in my overall health.
As consumers we are taking a leap of faith by choosing to put a portion of our health in the hands of cosmetic companies. I am not saying all chemicals are evil or bad. Certainly, most chemicals have their place. The same can be said about natural ingredients as well; some are safe and some are unsafe. The message I am aiming to convey is it is best to arm ourselves with knowledge, instead of blindly trusting the bias opinions of companies who stand to gain from increased product sales. Many toxic chemical additives in our cosmetic products are proving to have detrimental consequences on our health and the environment, which is showing little promise of long-term sustainability. When choosing any commercial products, do your homework, read labels, educate yourself about each ingredient and it's source (ex: synthetic or natural source).
For more detailed benefit description, please click on the individual ingredient link.
- Baking Soda (exfoliant, skin cleanser-can be mixed with water or coconut oil depending on skin type, dry skin should use sparingly)
- Coconut Oil (lauric acid, skin hydration, skin cleanser-I often use this as a moisturizer)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (malic acid-exfoliant, pH balancing toner, inhibits bacteria)
- Whole Organic Milk (lactic acid, good for hydration- facial masks and baths)
- Avocado (hydration, Omega 9 helps reduce redness and irritation-facial mask)
- Manuka Honey (anti-bacterial, anti-inflammitory, anti-oxident and hydration-masks)
- Lemon (Citric Acid-antioxidant/skin brightener and lightener-masks or moisturizer)
- Vitamin E (Mix with C for a powerful antioxidant combination-masks and moisturizers)
- Omega Fatty Acids (hydrating, lessens inflammation-add to mask or moisturizer)
- Vitamin C (antioxidant can be used in a mask or added to moisturizer)
- Kefir (Topical probiotic lactic acid mask)
- Bentonite Clay (detoxifying/clarifying mask)
- Aloe Vera Leaf (calming and hydration mask or moisturizer)
- Cucumber (anti-inflammatory, hydration, reduces puffiness-eye or facial mask)
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