Did you know most beauty and body products have dozens of harmful chemicals in them?
Look at your product labels. Do you see phthalates, parabens, diethanolamine (DEA), triclosan, Sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), methylisothiazolinone, propylene glycols, or fragrances?
These are all chemicals likely to be in your beauty and body products, and all are known or suspected toxins.
Some like SLS are a known carcinogen, others like methylisothiazolinone are associated with allergic reactions.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to risk cancer just to have fruity smelling hair.
If you want to avoid toxins like these and start living a Filtered life, you’ll need to start switching out conventional products with safer alternatives.
Here are 11 natural beauty and body swaps you can make to keep you toxin-free.
I once turned over a tube of toothpaste and read the following, “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a poison control center immediately.”
Soooo what we use twice a day in our mouth is toxic if swallowed….hmmm. I don’t know about you, but that was a red flag to me.
Years later I’ve done enough research to conclude that Fluoride is highly toxic and harmful.
Oh but that’s not all, according to a 2012 report by The Harvard School of Public Health
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.
The article goes on to say
The average loss in IQ was reported as a standardized weighted mean difference of 0.45, which would be approximately equivalent to seven IQ points for commonly used IQ scores with a standard deviation of 15.* Some studies suggested that even slightly increased fluoride exposure could be toxic to the brain. Thus, children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low-fluoride areas.
I don’t know about you but I’m not interested in having my child be a guinea pig. I do filter my water to remove the fluoride my city adds, but toothpaste still has substantial amounts of fluoride in it.
Because of these known dangers I highly recommend you avoid fluoride. It’s also important to point out that most developed countries do not consume fluoridated water.
Filter out the toxins and instead choose a healthier non-fluoridated toothpaste free of harmful additives and chemicals. I’ve been loving this one by Uncle Harry’s.
Conventional mouthwash typically is loaded with artificial colors and other harmful ingredients. But you have better options my friends.
Choose better and go with a more natural version like the one I use from Natures Answer, which kills bacteria with essential oils and keeps you minty fresh. I also like the Uncle Harry’s mouthwash which is great for remineralizing.
You can also just add a drop or two of high-quality peppermint or clove oil to a glass of water for an antibacterial minty fresh rinse.
You may have heard about harmful sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) or the number of other harmful chemicals in shampoo. (source)
You can find more recommendations in the Beauty section of the Filtered Living Shop.
Conditioners carry the same concerns as shampoos. As you know, I don’t want to put a carcinogen on my body just to have soft hair. Luckily there some great alternatives. I’m in love with this rich buttery conditioner from Acure. It leaves my hair shiny and uber soft.
5. Hair serum
For smooth frizz-free locks without chemicals try a touch of coconut oil or rich argan oil smoothed all over your hair. You’ll get super glossy frizz-free hair. Just don’t use too much or your hair will look permanently damp.
Most people don’t need toner. But if you have acne prone skin you might find a natural version helpful.
Take 1 part raw organic apple cider vinegar and 1 part filtered water and keep it on your counter anytime you need an extra boost. I just dab a bit on a washcloth and pat all over my face and neck.
Always do a test spot before putting ACV all over your face.
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Instead of toxic moisturizers try one of the many natural options.
I’ve been all over the place with moisturizers, and I’ve found a few favorites. At the moment I’m using a 100% natural moisturizer made up of 1 tsp of argan oil + 1 drop of lavender oil + 1 drop of frankincense oil + 1 drop of geranium oil and 2 drops of rosehips oil.
I LOVE this combo for my combination skin. It moisturizes like you wouldn’t believe (thanks to the argan oil & rosehips) and also fights wrinkles (lavender & frankincense), sun damage (frankincense), and sagging (geranium).
Learn why I chose these oils and my essential oil beauty routine in this post, 5 Amazing Essential Oils for Radiant Beauty.
8. Acne Treatment
Toss those toxic acne treatment and choose tea tree oil instead. This oil has antiseptic properties making it perfect for acne. It kills bacteria while being gentle on your skin.
You can spot treat with the essential oil dabbed on a cotton ball or q-tip, or you can add a few drops to a carrier oil (about 1 drop to 1 tsp. is standard) and rub all over your face.
Combine this with the apple cider vinegar toner above and you’ve got one amazing acne treatment.
Try an elimination diet if this combination still doesn’t clean up your skin, as you may be reacting to a food sensitivity to something like dairy or gluten.
9. Body moisturizer
I mentioned this in my post 3 Natural Oils I Use for Head to Toe Beauty but there are several excellent options for a body moisturizer.
My favorite body moisturizer is avocado oil, it’s fairly inexpensive and absorbs quickly.
Perfumes can be very toxic, and since you never really don’t know what’s in them I suggest you trade the fake lab created scents for something luscious that nature created.
Remember to always use high quality essential oils like Aura Cacia or Plant Therapy, and ALWAYS research your oils for safety.
Also keep in mind some citrus oils are photosensitive and can burn skin if exposed to the sun.
The aluminum found in deodorant has been linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer (source). Although the data I’ve seen isn’t conclusive, I still think it’s best to stay away from traditional deodorants. Keeping in mind that this isn’t the only exposure to aluminum, but it’s a start.
Most days I don’t get too fancy with my underarms. A rub of raw organic apple cider vinegar and a coat of coconut oil are enough to keep me mostly fresh. I also dab a bit of the antibacterial ointment I wrote about in this post, My Natural Remedy for Staph Infection.
On challenging days (like the heat wave L.A. just experienced) I just carry around wet wipes (sexy right?). But if I need to be fancy pants (as in I have a date) there are two deodorants I’ve been switching between, Primal Pit Paste and Green Tidings.
For a more in-depth list of what to avoid (especially if you are pregnant) check out EWG’s Tips For Safer Products.
12. (Bonus) Makeup
When I first wrote this post I forgot a really obvious one, your makeup!
Makeup is notoriously loaded with harmful chemicals. Considering that most women use it daily that ends up being a lot of exposure!
About a decade ago I switched to natural makeup brands and my skin looks and feels so much better. No more irritation and unnecessary chemical exposure.
If you want to find some great toxin free options check out The Filtered Living Shop Beauty Page. Basically there is no reason to use conventional toxic makeup.
There you have it,
eleven twelve easy swaps to save you dozens of toxins being applied to your body every day.
Folks who have made these switches often report feeling better, having clearer skin, less frequent headaches, and the clearing up of dermatitis, eczema and other allergic reactions.
If you are pregnant or have children, I urge you to make these changes immediately. Remember it’s all about baby steps and before you know it you’ll be living a cleaner more Filtered life.
P.S. If you are interested in more way to swap toxins read my post 5 Kitchen Swaps to Keep Your Home Toxin Free.
What products do you love? Have you experienced positive results from swapping any of these products? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time!
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