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One of the most fun coming-of-age rituals as a woman is when you finally get to start wearing makeup! In fact, if you are a mother already, you may have had fun with your little girl by putting blush, lipstick, and even mascara on her to play "dress-up".
However, more and more research is uncovering that over-the-counter cosmetics are full of harmful, toxic chemicals that can store up in your body to cause long-term damage.
In a recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, 20 teenage girls between the ages of 14 to 19 had their blood and urine tested to detect whether or not 25 of the most common chemicals in cosmetics were present. All of these teenage girls lived in different areas of the US and came from different ethnic backgrounds. The results of the tests showed an AVERAGE of 13 hormone-altering chemicals present in their bodies.
These chemicals are normally found in beauty care and makeup products, and the girls within the study used roughly 17 different personal care products that had over 174 chemical ingredients in them.
These over-the-counter cosmetic chemicals found in their bodies were linked with hormone disruption and even cancer, as well as other side effects, like reproductive development issues, an increased risk of asthma, thyroid problems, and impaired fertility.
For this reason, EWG scientists strongly recommend that you avoid ingredients in your beauty products, like fragrances, dyes, parabens, TEA, PEG, sodium laurel, and chemicals that end in “eth”. As a rule of thumb, it is often best to steer clear of cosmetic ingredients that are impossible to pronounce and sound like a laboratory experiment! Why would you want to put that on your skin?
In addition to choosing beauty products that are safe for you and your daughter to use, you also must put thought into the possible risk of toxins in your home.
Each day, we are all exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. You would think that our homes would be safe, but they’re not...unless you make different choices.
The good news is you don’t have to move to a hideaway in the mountains to reduce your exposure to toxins!
Fortunately, there are more and more beauty and home products coming out today that allow you to live a modern life without so many toxins.
At Body Ecology, our goal is to empower you to look and feel your best for the long term! Our Body Ecology Go Green Guide will take you room-by-room through your house so that you can replace toxic items with those that are safer or toxin-free.
Here is your room-by-room guide to making better choices for your health:
Your bathroom may be full of many of the harmful toxins we discussed above. Your skin is one of your major organs of detoxification, so avoid clogging it up with harmful so-called beauty products. There are so many great choices to reduce your toxic exposure on the market today:
Using a natural product like the Royal Saffron Masque will make a dramatic difference in reducing wrinkles, evening out your skin tone, and improving your complexion WITHOUT harmful chemicals or preservatives!
Research has also shown that plants improve our ability to recover from illness.
What does it mean to “go green”? Simply that you begin making better choices for your own health...and interestingly, those choices are also better for the planet!
The first step in protecting yourself and your family is to check the ingredients in all of the cosmetics that you and your daughter may be using.Unfortunately, she could be at risk from using hormone altering cosmetics as we speak. Still, as you start taking care in the beauty products that you and your family use, you can progress to reducing your risk for toxin exposure in all areas of your life with the helpful guidelines above!
Want to learn how to protect your health and uncover the secrets to true beauty? Join Donna for Body Ecology’s Beauty & Anti-Aging Secrets Training, where you will learn exactly which harmful ingredients to steer clear of in your beauty products. Sign up today!
I get this alot: 'Wow, whatever you are doing, it's working, you look twenty years younger!' - Angela A. Parker
Facts and Statistics on Toxins. http://www.enviroalternatives.com/nontoxichome.html
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Taggart, Jennifer. Carcinogenic Cribs and Changing Tables? May 2008.
What Are Electromagnetic Fields? World Health Organization.
Zerbe, Leah. "Toxins in Cosmetics | Cosmetics Chemicals Found in Girls' Bodies." Rodale News. 1 Dec. 2008. Web. 20 Oct. 2010.
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