You’ve heard the old adage, “you are what you eat.” Now, I’d like to add another to that: “You are what you apply.”
To your skin, that is! Substances that affect your overall health and wellbeing don’t simply work their way through your system by travelling the gut alone. An often-overlooked route – the transdermal (through the skin) route – allows substances ranging from the beneficial to the bad to enter your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body.
IF YOU WANT THE ABSOLUTE BEST HEALTH POSSIBLE
FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES...
IT'S TIME TO STOP APPLYING HARMFUL,
POTENTIALLY DEADLY, CHEMICALS DIRECTLY TO YOUR SKIN...
AND APPLY SOMETHING THAT IS BENEFICIAL INSTEAD.
So, if you are what you eat, and you are what you apply, the question is: What are you?
Whether you are a man, woman or child, it is likely that you use some form of personal care products daily. From the moment you stumble out of bed, the routine begins: you brush your teeth with toothpaste; cleanse your skin with soap or shower gel; wash your face with face wash; suds your scalp with shampoo and conditioner; use shaving cream and aftershave; apply lotion, deodorant, perfume or cologne, sunscreen; and, you haven't even put on your makeup yet!
Stop for a moment and think about how many personal care or cosmetic products you use in a day. How many did you come up with – two, five, ten or fifteen?
We wash our hands 6-12 times a day. We re-apply sunscreen every few hours that we are in the sun. We may even shower more than once per day. When you do the math, it’s incredible to consider the number of items that we slather across our skin every day.
However, the number of products used isn’t the issue; rather, it’s the ingredients in those products and what they do once in our bloodstream that is cause for concern.
In one study by the Environmental Working Group, phthalates, a powerful known toxin, were found in 75 percent of all products yet was not listed on the label but rather hidden in the word “fragrance.”
The key to healthy beauty care is to understand what’s really underneath the lid or in the bottle. While that may seem like a lot of work, you are about to discover the 5 most common ingredients that are dangerously toxic to you and your tribe and should be avoided completely.
To help you in this mission to makeover your personal stock of lotions, creams, butters, scrubs, and cosmetics, I've put together a list of 5 ingredients you must avoid in anything you buy, especially if you going to be applying it directly to your skin every day.
By steering clear of these nasties, you can rest assured that whatever you’re putting on your skin isn’t harming it.
#1 Ingredient to Avoid - Parabens
Parabens can appear in different forms, so here’s what you want to look out for:
Parabens are unquestionably the most commonly used preservatives in the cosmetics and body care industry. They’re in just about any cream and lotion you might use, as they prevent mold, fungus and parasites from sprouting and growing in your products.
The problem is that they can be absorbed through the skin, and have often been found in breast cancer tumors! All signs point to skin care products being the cause.
#2 Ingredient to Avoid - Phthalates
These substances have been found to act as a hormone disruptor linked to reproductive defects, insulin resistance and developmental problems in children.
Here’s the tricky part: phthalates usually aren’t listed on the label of most of your favored products, so you have to do a bit of sleuthing to determine their presence. Want a hint?
They’re most commonly found in anything that misleadingly lists “fragrance” as an ingredient. Stick to products that are scented with essential oils instead.
#3 Ingredient to Avoid - Petroleum
Now here’s another sneaky one. Petroleum pops up in so many body care and cosmetic products, it’s ridiculous. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s the very same substance from which motor oil is made.
It can be hidden behind many names that you should familiarize yourself with:
As an industry standard, there’s a lot of information out there touting the safety of petroleum by-products, so you might be wondering why you should avoid it because if you did a quick internet search, you'd find claims that it's safe to use. However it contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen.
#4 Ingredient to Avoid - Artificial Dyes & Synthetic Colors
Whether you’re putting on that shocking hot pink lipstick, lathering up with body cream after a shower, or applying your favorite shade of nail polish, if your favorite products are conventional, chances are they are just as dangerous as they are fabulous.
Many of the products you have are likely made with synthetic colors that are made from coal tar. Though pretty, these harsh artificial colors have been shown in studies to be carcinogenic and are likely to cause skin sensitivity and irritation due to the heavy metals they deposit on your skin when you use them.
You don’t want that, so if you have any products that were made with synthetic colors, toss them in the bin don’t buy anymore!
Thankfully, it’s pretty simple to determine if that color in your favorite body care product is real or not: just check the ingredients, and if you see anything listed beginning with FD&C or D&C, stay away from it.
#5 Ingredient to Avoid - Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
This includes Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products).
SLS's are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS/SLES is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a known carcinogen. These combinations can lead to skin and eye irritation, to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.
They can be found in shampoo, body & face wash/cleanser, shower scrubs, mascara and acne treatment. Use products that are sulfate-free.
Luckily, there are still a whole bunch of ingredients that you can safely use in your daily routine. You can look and feel just as fabulous as you would if you used commercially available products that are often overpriced and filled with all sorts of harmful ingredients.
I've made a list of the best all-natural body care ingredients to keep your skin looking and feeling soft and radiant. Applying unprocessed, whole-food ingredients onto your skin — many that you likely even have already and cook with in your own kitchen — will make you love your skin, even if you are someone who has sensitive skin or has struggled in the past with clearing up difficult skin-related problems.
Here are the ingredients you MUST be using for optimal health benefits and safety.
Each of these all-natural ingredients are extremely beneficial and safe for your whole tribe, from the smallest to the oldest. As a mother of 2 small boys, I am committed to giving my family the best that I can and that includes keeping them away from harmful ingredients.
Just like you, I love luxurious, incredible-smelling, super-effective, hand-crafted body products. And that's why I make them, sell them, and write about them for you to enjoy as well. The real goal? To give you a peace of mind so you don't have to wonder about what you're applying, because all of it will be clean, safe and satisfying.
Tribe Essentials is my own line of all natural and organic handcrafted body care. With my line up of quality products and incredible scents, you will find something for everyone in your tribe. I use 100% organic and all-natural ingredients along with certified pure essential oils. There are no preservatives, dyes, artificial fragrances, toxins or chemicals in any of my products.
From Body Butter, to Body Scrubs and Bath Salts, my body care line has something for everyone in your tribe. Moms, dads, littles, friends, teachers, and so on. My littles ask me to put body butter on them after every shower (or they ask to eat it when I make it, because it looks like frosting). Don't take my word for it, see what others have said about using my products...
"I absolutely love my Coconut Lime salt scrub! I use it daily in the shower. It makes my skin feel so incredibly soft and it smells great. Thank you for only using organic products. I love that my children can use the scrub as well and I don't have to worry about the ingredients. I can't wait to try the sugar scrubs next!"