A healthy life goes beyond what you eat! What you put on your skin, what you smell through your nostrils or even what you put in your mouth temporarily. For many years we’ve been exposing ourselves to so many toxins and not even knowing they were bad for us and just thinking all of these random little “issues” were just a part of life and had no relation to what products we were using. Slowly we’re discovering more and more of all the cancer-causing, endocrine disrupting ingredients but it really takes you educating yourself as it takes years for the research to equal government regulations on ingredients and products. Which means that many stores and even reputable brands are still selling toxic products with and without even knowing it. LUCKILY we are in an awesome age of discovery and taking charge of our health and there are a lot of conscience brands flooding the marketplace. This is good news to our endocrine system which for years has been so overwhelmed with toxins that it hasn’t known what to do and has been repeatedly trying to tell you that something is wrong by causing you rashes, breakouts, allergies, bloating, discoloration, dryness, stinky sweat, constipation, and so much more….do you think your body wants to be doing all that to you?? NO, it doesn’t! It wants to run a smooth sailing operation where it gets to keep you in pristine condition with ease…unfortunately you keep pounding your system with toxins and it has to spend time warding them off, getting them out, and trying to do this all while being weaker from the years of impact…it’s very disruptive AND reversible.
From the American Cancer Society “Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives and as food additives. They can be found in many types of make-up (like lipstick, mascara, concealer, and foundation) and skin care products (like lotion, shaving products, and sunscreen). Parabens can be absorbed through the skin. Intake of parabens is a possible concern because studies have shown that parabens have weak estrogen-like properties. Estrogen is a female hormone known to cause breast cells (both normal and cancerous) to grow and divide. And some conditions that increase the body’s exposure to estrogen (like not having children, late menopause, obesity, etc.) have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.”
Even with this out there publicly and for years parabens are still legal and in MANY products… I know so crazy…and parabens aren’t the only known toxic, cancer-causing ingredients that you’ll find in your products. There are actually just too many to list but a great resource for ingredient knowledge that is paired with the effects is ewg.org so if you want to grab your favorite beauty product and look up its ingredients..here’s your resource.
Out of ALL the kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes that I’ve tried..
The healthiest options were Honest and Toms. Both weren’t refreshing, I always felt like I still had bad breath/needed to brush but was trying to be “healthy” so just kept using….while trying additional products.
Then one day I discovered Spry products! They are not only fluoride free(unless you want fluoride…they sell 1 with some) they are also very powerful NATURAL flavors! My favorite so far is spearmint but I recently ordered the cinnamon and am looking forward to trying that one out as well.
Spry also carries mouthwash which I love and use as well. I personally like the spearmint flavor but I’m sure they’re all great just depending on your preference. I generally buy the Spry 2 pack of mouthwash from Amazon.
In looking at everything I’d say the biggest issue with the healthy natural products is that they are significantly more expensive and who wants to spend more money? I know I don’t want to but make my health my #1 priority so I do.
These are some great healthy recommendations(with link to purchase from cheapest and prime if possible off of Amazon) from FloLiving‘s Alisa Vitti:
Face wash: Naturopathica Oat Cleansing Facial Polish $52
Amazing toner: Hannes Dottir Mineral Mist $45
Eye cream: Kiss My Face Organics Eyewitness $14
Night cream: Naturopathica Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream $104
For DRY recovery: Naturopathica Aloe Replenishing Gel Mask $48
Extra exfoliating scrub(once a week): Alba Botanica Good and Clean Scrub $5
Once a month peel to do during follicular cycle: Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme Peel $56
Personal Lubricant: Aloe Cadabra $11
UPDATE: In looking for a 1 stop shop I found that ALL Beauty Counter products are SAFE!! And the company is AMAZING!!
Under eye & concealer: RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up $36 (so great for your skin you can wear it to bed!)
Setting powder(for the RMS “Un” cover-up): Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder $21
Blush: Pacifica Coconut and Rose Infused Blush $11
Setting powder: Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder $21