Here is some information that will empower you and bring you closer to who you are meant to be. We've gotten used to hearing people say "read the labels" but when we look at the labels, we have no idea what we are reading! So we purchase these products anyway because we assume that the FDA is watching our back and because T.V. commercials say they're good, or because we have a coupon for it. Who has time to do their research and inspect every single ingredient in a product, right? It will take some time to learn what ingredients to avoid in your body care products but here is a good place to start... keep reading.
I've created a list of common ingredients found in body care products that should be avoided.
These ingredients are in almost every "mainstream" soap and lotion out there. Its difficult to find products without these ingredients, but they do exist!
These ingredients are not labeled as "harmful" by the FDA because you don't see the damage when they are first applied. (and because the FDA is probably paid off by the industries who make them, but that's another story!) The reason these ingredients are harmful is because our skin is an organ, and everything we apply on ourselves gets absorbed through the blood stream and the damage is done very slowly. As these toxic chemicals get accumulated in our body, over time, our body starts rejecting these chemicals in the form of acne, allergies, skin rashes and other illnesses we think are "normal".
Here are some of these ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate- Scientists use this chemical to irritate and pierce through the skin of cell walls. It is a mild irritant but is definitely an irritant, especially on sensitive skin. Over time, these so called moisturizers, strip your skin of its natural moisturizing oils, which lead you to continue purchasing these "moisturizers". Genius!
Urea or DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea and Imidazolidinyl Urea- It is a natural ingredient that is manufactured in the liver of mammals which is urine. The synthetic version of urea is derived from salt which can be drying to the skin. This ingredient only relieves the symptoms of dry skin or a rash- but does not get rid of the cause, so the problem never goes away.
Synthetic Fragrance or anything called fragrance- The only real true and natural fragrances are extracts from trees, plants or flowers or essential oils, also derived from trees, plants or flowers. Anything else called "fragrance" has been created in a laboratory with chemicals. Extracts and essential oils are the only safe and natural way to scent body care products. There are non-toxic frangrances out there, but will usually not mention how it is made, or what ingredients are used.
Here is a list of a few more ingredients to AVOID:
Hope this was helpful! Check out the ingredient labels on the back of your body care products. Unfortunately, you will find 2 or more of these ingredients in them, (unless you've already educated yourself on this). By educating ourselves on using safe body care products and avoid purchasing the ones with harmful ingredients, big businesses will start noticing and will hopefully stop creating products with these ingredients. Until then, read the labels, visit your local farmers market and support independent shops and retailers who support and carry safe and natural products!
By being aware of this, you are now empowered...
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