Our skin is our biggest organ and it’s our first line of defense against toxins coming into our bodies. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it so it’s important to know what we’re putting on our skin, in our hair and mouth, and therefore, into our bodies. This link (click on the title) allows you to look up the personal care and cosmetic products you use and it will rank how hazardous it is (0-10). 0 is no hazard, 10 is very toxic. It then breaks it down into sub-sections.
I’m not posting this to freak all of you out and some of you may be surprised to know that the majority of the beauty/cosmetic/personal care products that are in the shelves in pharmacies and various stores are laden with chemicals that the manufacturers know are harmful. I feel this is a good tool to provide you with some information so you can be an educated consumer if going the all natural/organic route is something that doesn’t resonate with you. In the same way we look at the ingredients and nutrition information when we purchase food, it’s a good habit to get into when it comes to what we’re putting on our bodies.
I’ll state the obvious here and say if you are using organic, natural products then this link is of no value to you. However, be cautious too when you are buying so called ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products because some companies still put known carcinogens like parabens, estrogen mimicking SLS (to create bubbles/foam), and other chemicals to create a longer shelf life. So some times, most of the ingredients are natural but not all, which can be misleading if you don’t know what to look for. I personally will only spend the extra money on a natural product when ALL ingredients are just that – natural. Yes these products are more expensive but as I have discussed in a previous post – my health is worth it and yours is too! I’m also more conscious of how much I’m using (so it lasts me a long time and often a little goes a long way) and many of us are guilty of using entirely too much of something. If we know better, it only makes sense to do better.