Thursday, February 2, 2012

More like in the name of Health

I get the daily emails from Guiliana Rancic's Fit Fab Fun, which has all kinds of tips and candid advice for girls.  Usually laced with fashion advice or workout moves, but the other day there was an article about the dangers of beauty...huh???? 

I was floored to discover all of the harmful chemicals that are lurking in our body products!!  Cut to me going through all the body washes, soaps and facial cleanser ingredients list to realize that almost all of them have cancer causing  ingredients such as Parabens (mimics estrogen and blocks chemo treatments), Sodium Laureth sulfate (used to make lather) Quaternium/Diazolidinyl urea (releases formaldehyde) and Phthalates (found in fragrances and causes birth defects).  And the worst part is that there is no government regulations for makeup products so who knows what's going on your face!!!

There is a movement going on right now (but then again when isn't there one???) to get the manufacturers to stop using these harmful chemicals especially in baby and children's shampoo.  So now that I'm more aware of the hazards of Bath and Body Works, I pulled together a few of my favorite body products that are low risk--

Body WashDr. Bronners Pure Castile Classic Soap

A 32oz will last for ever because only a few drops will do!  I love the lavender for night and citrus for morning shower takers.  Or if you need a real pick me up, try the Peppermint.

Body Lotion- Burts Bees

I jump for the Naturally Nourishing Milk and Honey.  Love, love, love the smell!!  Another great thing about Burts Bees (besides their awesome beeswax lip balm) is they have a company wide commitment to follow the guidelines of the Natural Products Association and have the symbol on all of their products.  The Milk and Honey hand wash is also a keeper.

If you are not a fan of the small--  I also really like Avalon Organics Lavender daily moisturizer too.

Toothpaste - Tom's of Maine

About the same price as the usual stuff that you probably already get, and PLENTY of flavors and "types."

Face Wash- Avalon Organics Vitamin C Cleansing Milk

Facial Moisturizer - Golden Argan Oil

After hearing amazing things about this product from Signed by Tina I knew I had to give it a shot that this price and WOW!  Such a "light" oil and its makes your skin smooth as butter.  However if you have oily skin and can't do an oil (AT NIGHT!!!) Burts Bees has some great moisturizers with Royal Jelly which is terrific for your skin as well.

Another great resource to find out how your products at home rate is EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.  You may be shocked to see how "High risk" your medicine cabinet really is....If anyone has any great products that the use that are actually good for your skin, I'd love to hear!

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