Our world is now filled with estrogenic and toxic chemicals which are fattening us up and giving us cancer. And many of those estrogens and toxins we are smearing onto our skin, hair and underarms voluntarily.
Okay, everyone. Go into your bathroom and pull out your shampoos, conditioners, soaps, hand sanitizers, body wash, mouth wash, bubble baths, baby wipes, exfoliants, deodorants and/or antiperspirants, any lotions and creams including those for shaving, hair products, sun screens, perfumes and colognes, powders, toothpaste and cosmetics including nail polish and let’s see if any of these products might be implicated in stubborn fat on the thighs and hips for women, and man-boobs for men.
Too much estrogen is implicated in breast, cervical and uterine cancers not to mention PMS in women, and erectile dysfunction and low sperm counts in men. Even if you don’t have these problems, check your products because they might be carcinogenic.
Now that you have all these products on your coffee table, get your garbage container and put it next to you so you can chuck any offending products right away.
The quick and most effective test is to ask yourself if you would eat the product. If your immediate reaction is “no way”, then that tells you it is probably not healthy to put on your skin either.
At least our digestive tracts have some capacity to break down or eliminate toxins. Anything that is put on the skin goes straight into the blood stream and has access to every part of your body very quickly. In other words, it is safer to eat our toxins than to smear them on our skin.
Time for the "read and toss" exercise. If you see these ingredients in your product, toss the product into your garbage can.
- Parabens – highly estrogenic endocrine disruptors
- methyl paraben
- ethyl paraben
- propyl paraben
- butyl paraben
- isobutyl paraben
- Phthalates – potent endocrine disruptors especially effecting babies and children
Aluminum salts – estrogenic and toxic, often found in deodorants/antiperspirants.
- DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
- DEP (diethyl phthalate)
- PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
- Sodium laureth / (Sodium) lauryl sulfate – skin irritant, potential carcinogen
- SLS, SLES
- Click here and view box on right to see how else this is listed.
- Diethanolamine (DEA) – skin irritant, potential carcinogen
- Cocamide DEA
- Cocamide MEA
- DEA-Cetyl Phosphate
- DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate
- Lauramide DEA
- Linoleamide MEA
- Myristamide DEA
- Oleamide DEA
- Stearamide MEA
- TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
- Hexachlorophene – highly toxic and banned in many jurisdictions
- triclosan – thyroid endocrine disruptor, toxin that bioaccumulates
The personal care industry is very poorly regulated and very few ingredients have been thoroughly tested for safety. Choosing “natural” or “organic” products is no guarantee either, as there is no regulation as to what those labels mean when it comes to personal care products.
Do you have any products left on your coffee table? Probably not many. So, what CAN one use?
- non-chemical ones found at health food stores. Read labels thoroughly!
- Make your own soaps
- Add rosemary oil to non-chemical soaps
- Moisturizer, make-up remover
- coconut oil, olive oil
- soap and water
- mix your own with these easy-to-find ingredients
- Essential oils
- Mix coarse ingredients like coffee grounds or salt with moist ingredients like honey or yogurt
Often these fancy schmancy creams and lotions are very expensive considering the miniscule amount of product one gets for the price. Extra virgin coconut oil may seem expensive as a food, but as a moisturizer it is dirt cheap! And it has antibacterial and antifungal properties too.
So making the switch to safer products not only reduces the toxic and estrogenic body burden, but also reduces the strain on the wallet.
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