Most of you know how I feel about organic fruits and vegetables and how conscious I am about what I put in my body. But what I haven’t talked much about is what I put on my body.
I find it incredibly important to understand the benefits and implications of most things we do especially when taking care of ourselves. Sure it can be annoying to monitor everything step you take, research every single ingredient and to have to switch from products you may have used for years that you swear by, and that may even produce results. But do you have any idea of the potential damages you can be causing your skin and health?
Chemicals such as phthalates, mineral oils, sodium lauryl sulphate, propylene glycol, and parabens, are all commonly used in cosmetics and body care products and are known carcinogens or toxins that affect the immune, reproductive, and endocrine systems.
Granted I cannot pronounce half of these and never thought to read the labels of products before, let alone research what each of these ingredients mean. But once I went down that rabbit hole, there was no turning back. Our skin is our body’s largest organ and it absorbs more than 80% of what we put on it. So we should start caring more about what we put on it!
What Goes On Your Skin, Goes In Your Skin
Think about everything you put on your body every single day from make-up, lotions, sunscreens, sprays, cleansers and shampoos. Most of us have no idea what the effects may be, and we may not even notice anything different right away or even a month later, but over time, your skin and body begin to react.
Each chemical will have a different effect on you, for example, I was using a shampoo (OGX shampoo) that did wonders to my hair, but it was damaging my skin and I was breaking out like crazy. Before I even discovered the shampoo was the culprit I looked for other products to combat the acne caused by the shampoo, and that acne medication lead to other skin irritants. It was a never ending cycle. It took me 3 dermatologists to get to the bottom of it.
Once I stopped using the shampoo my dermatologist recommended a peel to get rid of all the blemishes left behind. I declined immediately and instead chose to take the slower process of using natural skin care products to have the effects reversed over time. It took a little longer but skincare takes time, like anything else, to heal. But eventually the results for me were healthy, glowing skin.
Do Your Research. Go Natural!
As always, I will encourage you to do your own research. I know skin care is a touchy topic for women and we each have our personal favorites when it comes to beauty products. But do not take things as they are, really educate yourself and consider what they are doing to you beyond the surface.
For a product to be healthy and safe it has to be more than organic, it needs to be as pure and non-hazardous as possible. Some products may contain some organic ingredients but can still be full of synthetic chemicals like parabens and harmful fragrances.
Like foods, large companies are not regulated about what they put on their labels. Many items pass the FDA approval so it becomes difficult to find products that work since a lot of them are claiming to be organic, so always carefully read the label.
Personally, I have been purchasing my skin and now also hair products from Lemongrass Spa for a few years now, so I have had plenty of time to really notice their benefits. Everything from cleansers, moisturizers, sunscreen and shampoos. I was introduced to them at a friend’s house where I learned all of the dangers of the chemicals I mentioned earlier. These products are safe, gentle and very effective. Their website includes all of the natural ingredients that go into each product and also lists all of the ingredients to look out for and avoid in any of your other products.
We just started using essential oils at home so it’s too soon for me to write about them. We are also switching a lot of our cleaning products to more natural ones like vinegar. And I recently just switched to organic tampons. I know, it never ends!
Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the things you may have to change. Just take it slow, go at your own pace and do a little research every day changing one thing at a time. I didn’t go all organic overnight, and I know there are a bunch more things I can still change. One day at a time and once you know better, do better.