Do you know what you put on and in your body each day?
Sobering statements: Most American women come in contact with 200 chemicals before breakfast. Babies are born with more than 200 chemicals in their blood (American Red Cross, 2004). These chemicals affect you, your children, and the environment.
How many skin care and body care products do you use each day?
Most of us use shampoo, conditioner and other hair preparations; toothpaste; face wash, moisturizer and eye cream; bath soap, body lotion, anti-perspirant; cosmetics for eyes, lips, facial skin, and nails.
Did you ever read the ingredients on the products you use each day? Can you even pronounce the names like diethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea, benzophenone and butylated hydroxyanisole? After all of my years as an esthetician, I still get tongue-tied.
Why are there so many toxic chemicals used in skin care, cosmetics and other personal care products?
Many products still contain toxic chemicals because it brings down the cost of the item for the consumer. We all want something cheap, right?
Using natural and organic substances is not cheap. Since regulations on skin care and cosmetics are insufficient, many labels will give the impression that they are natural, but are really synthesized in a lab. Many times you'll see one or two natural or organic ingredients within a list of unpronounceable chemicals. Attention Consumer: what value is an organic ingredient if its swimming in a sea of chemicals?
The product you buy is loaded with preservatives to prevent mold and decay, but can be years old by the time you put it on your skin.
A big component of many of your products are preservatives. When you look at the ingredient list and see water as the first ingredient, you'll need to consider that anything sitting in water can mold or decay. Most products are made overseas and are shipped in large shipping containers that are not climate controlled. Shipping is a slow and cheap method of delivery, so products must sit in adverse conditions for a long time. Then these products are picked up from ports and are shipped across the nation in trucks. These products are delivered to large storage warehouses until sold to your local store. Then the products are on your store shelf for an undetermined length of time.
This is why preservatives are used. Strong preservatives are chemically derived and many are toxic over long term use on your body.
Become an educated consumer. Know what you're putting on and in your body on a regular basis. Read your labels, and know the sources of the ingredients. Avoid being exposed to over 200 chemicals all before breakfast!
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