Day 60-90: Personal care products
I’m hoping you read ahead a little bit so you could plan for this. I know that we, as women spend, ALOT of money in this area, so you definitely need to plan for it financially. Don’t think of it as an all or nothing. One good choice is better than none at all. Next time something runs out, don’t replace it without checking first.
Did you know the average woman wears 500 chemicals a day? Fragrance (the baddie) is in almost everything we use. I heard somewhere that toilet bowl cleaner and Channel number 5 have the same chemical components. Even if its not true, the fact is that under the label of “fragrance” we don’t actually know! With personal care, we are wearing it on our skin, inhaling it. Your skin is your biggest organ. Everything you put on it is absorbed. Would you put something on your skin that isn’t safe enough to eat?
- Shampoo and Conditioner and SLS. The culprits behind the dangers in most shampoos are surfactants called Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) and related compounds. SLS is possibly the most dangerous ingredient a consumer can find in most shampoos. So potent is SLS, studies have linked it to serious skin and scalp irritation and disease, hair loss and damage and the ability of the chemical to create nitrate compounds which have been linked to cancer and cell damage and deafness. Look for it in your shampoo and see if you are at risk.
- Other products containing Parabens, Triclosan, lead, aluminium and petroleum. They all contribute to a load on our bodies. Check out this label from a well known popular lotion. I can’t even pronounce half of that!
- Make up
- Shower Gel
- Deodorant. I’m not saying you shouldn’t wear something. In fact, if you are here in AZ (it will be 118 degrees this summer, Please do!) There are so many different concerns here so I have an article all by itself.
Look for personal care products that are free of these chemicals. Coconut oil or avocado oil works amazingly for a body oil! Jojoba Oil works great for a face serum
Dr Bronners baby soap can be the base soap for all things like body wash, hand soaps, face wash and shampoos. Over time you will end up saving a fortune and being kinder to your body.
For perfume, try an essential oil instead. Everyone around you will be thankful.
Let me know how you get on, I’d love to hear. It goes without saying that if you have questions, or need help, Email me at Faye@thrivewithyl.com
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