When we think about health we generally think about diet and exercise. When it comes to our bodies there is a lot more to consider.
Let’s take a look at all the products we put “”on”” our bodies every day. Body soap, shampoo and skin lotions to start. And remember: what goes on goes in.
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Do we ever read the ingredient labels? Oh my gosh, I cannot even pronounce most of those things let along figure out what they are.
If we look at our shampoo we often see things like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) which is a cheap detergent that is not only found in many shampoo’s but also in shaving cream, toothpaste and other products. It goes in and circulates throughout the body.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is another that is often used and similar to SLS. It can also irritate the eyes and skin. The bigger problem with this ingredient is that its often contaminated with a byproduct known as 1,4 Dioxane (a known carcinogen.) Dioxane cannot be properly metabolized by the liver, thus, it has a long life in the body.
That is just two and both sound totally “cringe” worthy. There are many more loaded into commercial shampoos, such as sodium Chloride, Polysorbates, PEG (polyethylene glycol), Amodlmethlcone, Cetrimonlum Chloride,and Parabens. I will not give you a long boring explination of the why we don’t want this on us. Let’s just know that we don’t.
The biggest problem with the more, natural alternatives is the price. We should not have to make it a $$ vs health thing but we often have to. A truly quality shampoo free from all or most of the chemicals can cost around twenty bucks for 8 ounces. That can get expensive, especially if your one who washes your hair everyday.
If we can afford the higher end shampoos there are some great products available that have no SLS, SLES, Parabens, PG or derivatives, Sulfates, Dyes, Synthetic Fragrance or Anesthetizing Agents or Silicones.
At the very least, we want to avoid the Sulfates and even some well known companies have jumped on the sulfate free band wagon. These products will not break the bank either. I suggest some label reading.
How about our makeup ladies? Generally speaking there are several chemicals in most all make up that is just downright nasty. A few are: Phthalates, Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives, Polyethylene glycols, Butylated Compounds (BHT, BHA), and Parabens. I will not even begin to list all the health concerns from the majority of these ingredients.
Thankfully there are alternatives that won’t break the bank. Physicians Formula Organics is one that I use and very affordable. Some of their products state 100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, 100% Free of Synthetic Preservatives, 100% Free of Parabens 100% Free of GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), 100% Free of Synthetic Colors, 100% Free of Synthetic Fragrances, 100% Cruelty Free.
Hand and body lotions have been a thorn in my side for as long as I can remember. Why? Because most of them simply do not work. While they might soften immediately, most of what I have tried over the years are a temporary fix and often times, dry my skin out worse in the long run.
Thankfully there is a lot to choose from in the way of good, organic/natural lotions. Personally I choose to buy locally made goats milk lotions with little to no chemicals. I find these really work. They soften the dry skin, ease the wrinkles and it lasts. It’s also nice to find essential oils used for the fragrance. I recently purchased a bottle of lilac scented and oh my goodness….. it’s heavenly.
There we go ladies.. We look fabulous, we smell great and we feel good doing it more naturally.
Linda Carlson – Certified Nutrition & Wellness Counselor (retired) with 25+ years background.
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