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Beauty on the Outside, Harmful on the Inside

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60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your blood steam within 26 seconds.

 

Today, beauty and skincare products are filled with toxins that we unknowingly put on our bodies. We assume companies wouldn’t put harmful things in their products, but unfortunately, their goal is to make money, not to benefit our health. It’s important to educate ourselves and buy from the companies who put our health as a priority. This will cause the other companies to change their products as the demands change.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s)

EDC’s are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system. These can cause many health issues from tumors, premature death, obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, endometriosis, immune disorders, liver cancer, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s symptoms, prostate cancer, thyroid disorders, infertility, to female reproductive disorders. Endocrine disruptors are in most beauty and skincare products and toiletries these days.

Phthalates

Is a type of endocrine disrupter that can cause infertility, trouble losing weight, birth defects, and more.

Found in: soap, shampoo, skin moisturizers, make up, deodorant, cosmetics and personal care products, perfume, nail polish, hair spray, food packaged in plastic, detergents, and children’s toys.

Most affected: babies in the womb and children, causes more harm to males (makes them more feminine)

Fragrance/Perfume 

The term fragrance was created to protect a company’s “secret formula.” Companies can actually hide many chemicals (at least 3,000) under the word “fragrance” on the label! Meaning, other things listed in this blog post like formaldehyde, parabens, and toluene can be hidden under the name “fragrance.”

Can cause allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and negative effects on reproductive system.

Found in: most perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, and moisturizers. Pretty much anything that has a scent that doesn’t come from real essential oils.

Parabens

Used as a preservative but possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated to increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed into the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors!

Found in: make up, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers and even foods.

Sulfates

Sulfates are known to be skin, lung and eye irritants. The major concern is when combined with certain other chemicals it turned into a carcinogen.

Found in 90% of personal care and cleaning products like shampoo, body wash/cleanser, and mascara and acne treatment.

Chemicals in Sunscreen

Sunscreen contains endocrine disruptors and chemicals that may cause cellular damage and cancer. Common names are benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate.

Buying “mineral sunscreen” that is free from chemicals listed above as well as fragrance free is your best option.

Formaldehyde

Known carcinogen. Used as a preservative but linked to nasal cancers and can be harmful to the immune system.

Found in nail polish, body washes, conditioners, shampoos, cleaners, and eye shadows.

Toleune

Expectant mothers should avoid! Can cause developmental damage in the fetus. Can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irriate skin. Also listed as benzene, phenylmethane, methylbenzene or toluol.

Found in: nail polish, nail treatments, hair color/bleaching products.

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There is hope!

 

There are safer products out there!!! Slowly start switching over to safer products. Once one products runs out, buy a safer version of that product. Then repeat once another product runs out.

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Sweet Almond Oil
  • keeps skin soft
  • protects skin from UV damage
  • prevents future acne
  • delay signs of aging
  • helps dark circle under eyes
  • natural remedy for eczema & psoriasis
Jojoba Oil
  • oil closet to your natural skin sebum
  • soothes and repairs skin
  • long lasting, deep hydration
  • full of nutrients and minerals like vitamin A, B, zinc, copper
  • anti-aging
  • anti-microbial (helps acne & wound healing)
  • natural preservative
  • soothes sunburn
  • natural remedy for eczema & psoriasis
Hemp Oil
  • balances out oily skin
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  • moisturizes
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  • heals skin
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Why you should toss your sunscreen!

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Sunscreen. It’s a summer must, what could be so bad about it? Unfortunately, most sunscreens found in stores contain toxic chemicals.

“It’s estimated that we come into contact with anywhere between 700,000 and 2.1 million different toxic chemicals a day – many of which are in our personal care and skin care products.”

Rubbing chemicals on your skin can be worse than ingesting them because they enter the bloodstream without any filtering. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on it.

At least nine of the sunscreen ingredients the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved are known endocrine disruptors. Of the 1,400+ sunscreens tested by the EWG, over 40% were listed as potentially contributing to skin cancer.

what are the solutions?

DO IT YOURSELF!!! I finally made my own and I am so happy with how it came out. I didn’t know these natural ingredients protected your skin from the sun on their own! (plus many other benefits!)


Carrot seed oil– natural SPF of 35-40! anti-inflammatory
Red raspberry oil – natural SPF of 25-50
Shea butter – natural SPF of 4-6, moisturizer, good source of vitamins for your skin, anti-inflammatory
Almond oil – natural SPF of 5, sooths irritation, deep moisturizer
Coconut oil – natural SPF of 2-8, antibacterial, moisturizer, high in antioxidants
Beeswax – makes sunscreen waterproof, protects skin from damaging elements, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin E oil – helps preserve shelf life, antioxidant, moisturizer, anti-inflammatory
Zinc oxide (non-nano, not coated) – SPF 2-20

recipes

Click for the sunscreen recipe I used

Wellness Mama homeade sunscreen

Dr Axe homeade sunscreen

Facial sunscreen

Important* buy non-nano, not coated zinc oxide, BE CAREFUL TO NOT INHALE THE ZINC OXIDE! Wear a mask of some sort while making it (zinc oxide is fine on skin but not okay when inhaled) its not fully waterproof so reapply after the water, don’t use citrus essential oils because it can increase sun, this is an estimated SPF of 30-40 but not tested for exact.

It does feel slightly different to normal store bought sunscreen but I was pleasantly surprised with how it applied. It’s feels a little greasy at first because of the shea butter and does take a little more rubbing in to not look white. But its wayyy more moisturizing and smells better! Buying all the ingredients feels expensive at first, but I’ll probably have enough to make my own sunscreen for the next 5 summers! Making things yourself generally saves you money in the long run.






buy non-toxic sunscreen

If this seems like too much of a hassle, these are the top 5 natural mineral sunscreens by EWG:

Badger All Natural Sunscreen Unscented

Kiss My Face Kids Mineral Natural Organic Sunscreen

Beauty By Earth Facial Cream

Tropical Sands All Natural Biodegradable Mineral Sunscreen





Protect your skin from the inside out by eating lots of antioxidants! The American Cancer Society says that, consuming a variety of antioxidants through food sources can help reduce cancer risk.