Are your personal care products making you fat, cranky and causing you pain?

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and has the ability to absorb over half of what is put onto it. Our organs and blood stream come in to direct contact with these chemicals.  To some people this realisation is amazing and horrifying all at the same time!

Think about your morning routine (this list is a long one for the ladies and considers all possibillities) - 

Soap, shower gel, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, toner, moisturiser, primer, foundation/mineral make-up, powder, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, brow pencil, hair mousse, hairspray, styling product, shaving cream/balm, cologne (men/women), deoderant, not to mention pads and tampons!

That is 23 products at worst and 9 at best!! There will probably be at least one (if not 10) toxic chemicals in each product especially if it has a fragrance (if you do not have organic products). Some of these toxins are also referred to as xenoestrogens.  Xenoestrogens can be either natural or synthetic compounds that mimic oestrogen, another term commonly used is endocrine disruptors.  These chemicals that mimic oestrogen have been implicated in early puberty and reproductive disorders.  Hormones in havoc bring with them symptoms of pain, headaches, sore breasts, irregular cycles, fertility issues, imbalanced mood and weight gain just to mention a few.  More and more young girls are starting menstruation and developing physical sexual characteristics from the age of 8!

So you may be lathering yourself in toxins before you even leave the house.  This is not meant to scare you but bring some education and awareness to what is going on in your bathroom and we haven't even stepped into any other rooms of the home yet.

Buyer beware - Organic versus natural

Words and images used on packaging and in advertising to give you a false sense of security are rampant.  'Natural' does not mean organic and in many cases it does not mean natural! Some examples are: organic, natural, plant based, all natural, plants, outdoor scenes, beautiful luxurious relaxing settings, coconuts, fruit and SLS free.  The truth is on the back of the pack.  It is not truly 'organic' unless it has been certified organic (this is usually found on the back of the packaging).  Follow this link (and go to the bottom of the page) for the true organic certification logos to look for: 

http://aco.net.au/

It is impossible to decifer everything that is good and bad.   Some apps to make this easier are The Chemical Maze, this outlines what chemicals that numbers represent and what the effects are (also available in hard copy) and Think Dirty (to be released), this will give you a rating between 1 and 10, the higher the number the more nasty the product .  

I am not suggesting you put the your bathroom products in the bin (well you can if you want to, this would be ideal...). My aim was to plant the seed and get you thinking about what you are putting on and potentially in your body.  If your budget is tight, then start by replacing each empty product with a toxin free version until you have done them all.  Yes you will pay more for less toxins (kind of ironic), however what price are you willing to put on the health of you and your family.

Get clean by cleaning up your personal care products.  It's not just about green smoothies and acai bowls......