Being one of the most aggressive markets, the beauty industry is wrought with products that are wrongfully tested, contain toxic materials, and are falsely advertised to boost sales. You, the consumer, are herded into stores with attractive advertising that often misleads you to believe you’re reversing the signs of aging, and nourishing your skin. It’s expensive, no matter what, and the possible risks of damaging your skin, hair, and internal organs is extremely real.
As we get older, we become hyper-aware of our appearance, and are more willing to pick up whatever we think may retain the elasticity in our skin, make our hair shinier, or teeth whiter. Like with everything I recommend, I, above all, hope to leave you a more educated, inquisitive buyer of personal products and food. Here are some recommendations for ways to detox your grooming essentials, and give your appearance a healthy make-over.
Fluoride is a poisonous component of tooth paste that allows this product to fluoridate water, protecting your teeth from cavities. While doing this, fluoride also puts you and your family at risk for tooth discoloration, stomach aches, rashes, and impairs your glucose metabolism. Toothpastes that contain fluoride (most toothpastes on the shelf at your local supermarket) are required to have a warning label, and despite their placement, still dominate the tooth care aisle.
I recommend using Desert Essence’s Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste. Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic, that gently, yet surely, cleans your teeth. It also soothes other oral sores and cuts you may have. This toothpaste freshens your breath with natural peppermint oil, and really leaves your mouth feeling clean all day, unlike that lingering, sugary taste that sits in your mouth after using fluoride toothpaste.
Facial Cleansers and Lotions:
There are so many different options with face lotions and cleansers, that it’s difficult to sift through all of the high-end products to find what really works, and if it’s safe to use. Everyone’s skin is different, and should be approached as such, but there is an over-all abiding truth about skin care: you should be using natural products to nourish your skin.
Propylene Glycol, a filming agent known to prematurely age the skin, is still somehow present in almost all skin creams, including anti-aging ones. There have been advancements in alternative, natural filming agents, but they are being brought to market at a slow pace. Other toxins, like phthalates, which I’ve described in my Toxic Cleaning Products post, are also included in many skin creams. As previously noted, they have been said to cause disruptions in the development of male and female genitalia.
Some of the best products to use are provided by The Body Deli, which uses raw, organic ingredients in their products, does not test on animals, ever, and the results are amazing. All of their products are highly potent in antioxidants and vitamins, and deliver all of that great, fresh, nourishment to the body right through the skin. They provide a multitude of different skin care items that can be used on your hair, body, and face, as well as some other health supplements.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Although glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate/sodium laureth sulfate have cancer causing agents, they are still present in some shampoos, and are mainly included for their foaming qualities. Polysorbates are also dangerous for you, and found mainly in conditioners. This solvent leaves residue on the skin, upsetting the balance of your skin’s pH levels, and causes irritation. Amodimethicone is a silicone barrier-like polymer that makes your hair smooth, yet blocks your scalp from breathing.
The best way to avoid these kinds of harmful ingredients is by making sure to purchase safe shampoo and conditioner, like those made with Acure Organics. This company uses fair trade, natural and organic ingredients like Argan Oil, which hydrates, enhances elasticity, provides antioxidants and vitamin E, and nourishes your hair thoroughly.
Anti-perspirants sold on shelves at your local super markets are cancer-causing, mostly due to the aluminum content. Aluminum has also been connected to the development of Alzheimer’s disease, and side-effects reminiscent of this debilitating condition. On top of this, aluminum and antiperspirants in general are blocking your pores, preventing your body from ridding itself of toxins, and creating a slew of health problems.
Soapwalla Kitchen has a deodorant cream, which is “all-natural, yet powerful,” something often overlooked with natural deodorizers. Using fine vegetable based powders, clays, lavender, peppermint, and tea tree oil, I apply this cream daily, and have never had any adverse effects from it. It not only deodorizes, but also protects the sensitive skin in the underarm area.
Shaving cream, like all the other grooming products, are filled with different ingredients for bonding the solution together, and making it adhere to your skin for a pleasant, smooth, feeling. Propolene glycol is one of these kinds of ingredients, but is used in brake fluid and antifreeze, making it extremely dangerous for one’s face. For some reason, shaving creams also contain Triethanolamine (TEA), which keeps water and oil from separating, but adversely irritates your delicate facial skin.
Instead of a foaming cream, I use an all-natural shaving gel, called Dr. Bronner’s Magic Shaving Gel. This includes all organic ingredients, as well as coconut oil, which lotions the skin and provides a host of vitamins and nutrients (something mentioned in Dr. Scarano’s 7 Must-Read Healthy Pregnancy Tips). Most shaving creams leave your face feeling raw, but this gel conditions your skin as you shave, a perk most creams claim to have, but do not.
Probably one of the most notoriously harmful hair-care products, hair spray is also one of the most frequently used items in one’s morning regimen. Hairs spray causes excessive dryness, dandruff, can trigger allergies, and even affect hair growth. Most of this has to do with the alcohol content of the product, but can also be due to product build-up on the scalp.
My wife and I like to use Aubrey Organics’ Herbal Hairspray, Natural Missst. It doesn’t contain any plastic compounds, and uses herbal derived holding agents. Natural Missst also has B vitamins, which actually strengthens hair, as well as beta-carotene, linolenic acid, and natural oils.
If you’re not close to any locations that sell these products, purchase them offline. They’re priced almost the same, and are definitely worth the wait. You should be aware that toxic ingredients are, undoubtedly, in your personal care products, and are seeping into your blood stream, right through the skin. After accumulating over time, these allergens, reproductive toxicants, carcinogens and neurotoxins become aggressive, and cause possibly deadly diseases.
Take the time to look at the labels and ingredients in the products you use. With my recommendations, your hair and skin will start to show signs of renewed health as you incorporate them into your life. It’s all about replenishing vitamins and minerals, and that’s exactly what these products readily offer.