Do you really know what’s in the bath and beauty products you’re using? What if I told you many of the popular brands you’re using are made with harmful toxins that are not only wrecking havoc on your health, but also the environment. The scary truth is that the government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for these products. On average, consumers use about 10 personal care products containing 126 ingredients per day.
Triclosan (TCS) and triclocarban (TCC) are used as preservatives and antibacterial agents in many of the lotions and soaps we buy. We use these products externally, on our skin, and the rest is washed down the drain. These chemicals have been found to accumulate in our waterways. Scientist at the John Hopkins Center estimate that these chemicals are among the top contaminates in our nation’s water. Not only that, these chemicals are toxic to aquatic animals.
These hazardous toxins are also finding their way into our food supply, which, when ingested can cause the development of resistance to antibiotics against the microorganisms that are meant to protect us. Several chemicals that occasionally crop up in personal care products have been linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, and a host of other health effects. Beware of: lead, mercury, Nitromethane, Methyl cellosolve (or methoxyethanol).
Buy organic bath and beauty products whenever possible.
Read labels. It can be daunting to scan the long list of unpronounceable ingredients for harmful ones. Instead think about just switching to safer, organic brands. Consider the toothpaste you use, the fragrance you wear and the sun screen you put on. Most nail polish is also full of toxic stuff, including formaldehyde or formalin. In your cosmetics, watch out for parabens (used as preservatives) and silver nanoparticles (found in sunscreens).
Try making your own, using herbs and natural ingredients. It’s easier than you think! Check out DIYnatual.com for an easy recipe for homemade, biodegradable laundry soap and add your favorite essential oils for fragrance.
Visit EWG.ORG, an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products, launched in 2004 to help people find safer products, with fewer ingredients that are hazardous or that haven’t been thoroughly tested. This database provides easy-to-navigate safety ratings for thousands of personal care products. Search for all your favorite products and find out how they’ve been rated. I found it to be very informative and useful!
So many of us have already hopped aboard the “green” wagon with our household cleaning products and grocery bags, so why not do so with the personal care products your use daily? Let’s better our health and our planet by being conscious consumers and using natural organic products.