September 24, 2019

Harmful Toxins In Personal Care Products

I wanted to update you on a topic that I’ve been passionate about for years now, which is safer skin care, beauty products, personal products (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc) and cleaning products. As someone who advocates for putting quality foods into our bodies, it only makes sense to consider what we put on our bodies and in our air (which end up in our bodies).
wrote an article a few years ago, about the importance of checking ingredients of cosmetic and personal care products and wanted to highlight the topic again after having more experiences and learning more information. In case you don’t want to read the full article from above, here is the summarized version of why it matters what you put on your body:

  • The United States has not passed a major federal law regulating the cosmetics industry since 1938. As a result, the U.S. has only banned or restricted 30 ingredients, while Canada has banned or restricted nearly 600.
  • There are thousands of substances used commonly in cosmetic products that have been proven or associated with health hazards, like cancer, developmental toxicity, and hormone disruption.
  • This is even more of a pressing concern for infants, children and teens, because toxins are more concentrated in their smaller bodies. Their central nervous, immune, reproductive, and digestive systems are still developing, which poses a greater risk for damage caused by environmental toxicants. 

I’ve learned a lot about the cosmetics industry recently, from working with the company Beautycounter. I asked for a few of their skin care items for my birthday and loved them so much, I went back for more. At the time, I only knew about the product safety standards, which is why I wanted to try them. The more I learned about the company, the more I loved what they were doing. I’ve been blown away by both their product safety standards, efficacy (amazing clinical trial results!) and industry advocacy work. Below, I’ll share a few highlighted points about the company that sets them apart:

  • Huge focus on public education around harmful ingredients in products. This is not just so people buy their products, but so they have the knowledge to compare and find any safer product by reading labels.
  • Exceptionally high standards for safety of ingredients. They put a lot of money into research for product safety and development. Every product is EWG verified.
  • Certified B corporation. This means people, planet and profit are all of equal value.
  • Play a major role in changing public health policies, by advocating for transparency and more safety regulations.
  • Products work as well or better than leading department store brands, without the harmful ingredients!

I can only speak for the product I’ve personally used, but the clinical trails they have done, show some pretty impressive results (the anti-aging line is phenomenal!). I’m telling you about this company because I want to spread the word about the importance of this topic and give you options for how to make healthy swaps. The above article has some other brands that I like and I will continue to occasionally update you on non-toxic living. 

I became an ambassador/ affiliate for Beautycounter in Sept 2019. If you’re interested in trying the products, there’s a 60 day money back guarantee. I highly encourage you to take a look at what you’re using and ask yourself two questions:

1. Is it safe?
2. Does it work?

If you answer no to either of these, consider making a change. I’m here for guidance on product selection and I’m happy to answer any of your questions. 

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