Skin Renewal

It’s time for skin renewal. Time to look deeper into what you are using on your skin. Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs the most toxins. It is important to get intimate with the products you apply to it, so you know what you are being exposed to. I am a big believer in choosing your toxins, not having them choose you. I live what I call the 85-15% life style. 85% of the time I eat healthy and take care of myself and 15% of the time I indulge in my version of vitamin J (junk). I do this knowing the effects of all my junk, the choice is mine.

Choosing a product that is not only effective but safe for your body can be harder than it seems. Labels often use key words such as ‘all-natural’ and “organic”, or highlight a specific ingredient in order to entice the consumer into purchasing it. Many times, the label is misleading. We want to be confident that what we are purchasing is healthy for our bodies; we want to know a product is right for us. Use these quick tips when shopping for skin care, body and makeup products.

Forget about the label/packaging. Many times a company will spend a lot of money on their packaging in order to attract the customer but their ingredients may not be as alluring. Flip the container over and read the ingredients. Be sure to avoid the following:

  • parabens
  • sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate; ammonium laureth sulphate
  • propylene glycol
  • ingredients containing Petroleum
  • nanoparticles
  • formaldehyde
  • pthalates
  • synthetic fragrance
  • diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA)
  • diazolidinyl urea and imidazolidinyl urea
  • PVP/VA copolymer

Make your own criteria of what you consider ‘safe’ for you and your body. Everyone’s ‘safe’ is different so by creating a specific list of product you’d choose to avoid, you are now in control of your bodies chemical intake and lack thereof.

Trust the facts, and those are found in ingredient lists! Don’t be persuaded by your local sales associate, mother-in-law or brand name.  Dig deeper, empower yourself with knowledge and make an educated decision. And don’t get confused by a chemical name that has.. (made from corn or coconut or ?) after it.

Limit your exposure. Clean out that bathroom cabinet and rid yourself of excess chemical intake.  Pull every bottle out and separate the your “must have” products from the products you can eliminate. You can also limit your exposure by picking products with more than one use. When your products can pull double or triple duty, you can limit your chemical exposure immensely. Try using your lip balm on cuticles, or eye balms around the mouth.  Just be sure to read all warning labels first.

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