You pay attention to the food you are putting in your body, but what about those personal care items you put on your body?
Did you know that in Europe, there's a list of 1,300 banned ingredients that apply to skin care, beauty products and even apparel? In America, the list is a mere 11, and nothing has been added to the list since 1938.
Everyday items such as soaps, lotions, deodorants and balms are made with harsh chemicals like sulfates and parabens that can be absorbed through the skin and cause endocrine issues (among other things).
Luckily, there are alternatives to those products filled with aluminum, lead and other harmful ingredients.
Toothpaste is an item we use twice a day, 365 days a year and has a warning label that says something along the lines of "harmful if swallowed". Yikes. That doesn't sound like something we should be putting in our mouth, ever. The main culprit? Fluoride. Below are natural alternatives that clean gums and teeth with minerals and organic plant extracts instead of fluoride.
You probably put very little thought into your deodorant. If anything, you choose between spray, cream or gel and then find a fragrance you like. Unfortunately, aluminum is the active ingredient antiperspirants rely on to keep our underarms fresh. Instead, you can help combat underarm odor with natural and organic ingredients like lavender and coconut oil.
Body lotion is another item we use daily that is commonly made with chemicals, dyes and other harmful substances. You can still get silky smooth skin without being exposed to damaging additives thanks to these sustainable products made with organic ingredients.
It's not rocket science—what you put on your lips goes into your body. When it comes to lip balm, trade in petroleum, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances for organic jojoba avocado, hemp oils and calendula officinalis flowers.
Much like the products mentioned above, your shampoo and conditioner are most likely formulated with alarming ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Another sneaky ingredient is "fragrance." Unfortunately, the term “fragrance” is not regulated by the FDA, which means manufacturers don't have to list the ingredients they use to create that scent. Ummm, no thanks. Luckily, there are shampoos and conditioners infused with the natural extracts of things like lavender flower water, chamomile, and jojoba seed oil. These magical ingredients work together to help reduce hair loss, sooth a dry scalp and condition and strengthen hair.
Next time you run out toothpaste, lotion or another everyday item, replace it with a green item that is better for your body.