Spot the Toxins in Common Beauty Products to Reduce Your Exposure ...

Toxins in beauty products might not be something you think about when you discover you need to stock up on more shampoo or nail polish. Yet as we learn more about environmental toxins, we simply can’t ignore that some of the worst sources of toxins are commercial brands of beauty products. These toxins can upset natural hormone function, have been linked to cancer and reproductive issues, and many contain allergens such as gluten that can cause health issues as well. To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty products, keep these things in mind next time you head out to make a new purchase.

1. Recognize False Labels

Companies know that consumers are more concerned with toxins in beauty products than they once were and they’re taking notice by false advertisement. Many brands will label their products as natural, organic, etc. but that doesn’t mean the product is toxin-free.

2. Recognize the Main Culprits

Some of the worst toxins found in beauty products are: DEA, MEA, TEA, benzoyl peroxide, dioxin, parabens, FD&C color pigments and dyes (such as FD Red #40), propylene glycol (PEG), phytates, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan, butylene glycol, and all ingredients found in commercial sunscreens (not organic, chemical-free brands). Read the ingredient list and if you spot any of these in abbreviated or whole word form, put it back on the shelf ASAP.

3. Use Less

One easy and inexpensive way to reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty products is to use less of them overall. I realize many of you love your beauty products, so take it step by step instead of eliminating them all at one time. For instance, most all nail polishes contain a large number of toxins so try to reduce how much you paint your nails and go for a sea salt soap bar instead of that pricier, toxin-filled body wash.

4. Use Coconut Oil

Raw, organic coconut oil is one of the most versatile and healthful beauty products you can use. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acids, which actually detoxify your body from the outside in when applied externally, and vice versa when you consume it internally. It can be used as a hair conditioner, makeup remover, cuticle oil, lip gloss and balm, light moisturizer, sunscreen, hand moisturizer, body lotion, and even made into toothpaste and deodorant when mixed with aluminum-free baking soda.

5. Buy Chemical-Free Brands

There are many chemical-free brands of beauty products out there. Some are pricier and better than others. Once again, know your brands and know how to read labels. One of my favorite chemical-free brands at the moment is Bright Earth Foods brand (available online), which makes chemical-free shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, all made from probiotic cultures and real foods. Burt’s Bees brand is another great option.

6. Go All Natural More Often

Trying wearing no makeup on your days off of work and try not to apply any hair products on your days at home too (besides simple shampoo and conditioner). The fewer products you use throughout the week, the fewer toxins you’ll be exposed to overall.

7. Aim for Progress, Not Perfection

Unless you’re willing to completely throw out every product you own that contains toxins, it will be hard to reduce your exposure immediately. If you have the budget to do so, by all means, definitely do but if not, do what you can when you can. As soon as your regular item runs out, buy a toxic-free brand the next go round.

Reducing your exposure to toxins in beauty products is one of the best ways to reduce your direct connection with toxins on a day to day basis. While we can’t change the environment we work in or the air we breathe, we can certainly control what brands of shampoo and lipstick we buy. How do you reduce your overall exposure to toxins in beauty products?

Sources: mindbodygreen.com