Did you know many conventional make-up and skin care products contain lead, coal tar, Formaldehyde and parabens?!
Our skin is the largest organ in our body and is exceptionable at absorbing whatever we put on it.
Unfortunately, in today's society, we’ve become exposed to a greater number of environmental toxins than ever before including the product we voluntarily put on and in our bodies.
Certain substances and ingredients can affect our endocrine system by interfering with hormones’ normal functions - these are known as endocrine disruptors. They are nasty substances that can increase production of certain hormones and decrease production of others.
When it comes to cosmetics and personal care products specifically, the laws are so limited that known cancer-causing chemicals, or carcinogens, are legally allowed in personal care products. Some carcinogens, such as formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, are common in personal care products, while others are less common, but still occasionally present.
Sadly, these substances and other environmental toxins are all around us in everyday lives - from household items to personal-care products to food and even food packaging. Studies have linked them to cancer, lowered sperm count, thyroid disease, birth defects, and other developmental disorders, and even lower IQ.
To minimize the harmful impact, we recommend checking the labels and avoid the following substances:
- Bisphenol A (BPA)
- PFAS chemicals
- Flame Retardants
We also recommend downloading the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Healthy Living app to shop easily with this barcode scanning app to decide which products are healthier options. This is a database of over 120,000 foods and personal care products that are in stores near you and online. Scan a product, read its review and rating, and decide if you want to buy it.
Also, check out our friend in health, Meghan Sarna,MSN- FNP, HNB-BC with Northern Roots Wellness, who stopped by recently to share her helpful and natural tips for protecting and nourishing your skin all year round, and especially during the winter months.