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Today I’m continuing with the Overall Wellness vs. Cancer series that I started at the end of August. So far, we’ve gone over the importance of label reading, trust and the big brands, the so-called experts, and our food. I still have many categories for this series and I will keep on writing until I’ve covered them all. Ready for the next? Here we go…
Personal care items. What do we know about the products that we slather all over our bodies? Did you know that most people put on around 150 toxic chemicals on their bodies before 9am? From soaps to moisturizers, toothpaste, deodorants, hand sanitizers, mouth washes, makeup, sunscreens, shaving creams, nail polishes… There are a gagillion items we use in and on our bodies. So let’s start from the top, our head…
We use shampoo, conditioners, hair color, hair spray, hair gel, what else? Medicated shampoos, hair balm, perms, relaxers… Let’s think about this. The stuff that goes on our head/hair it also affects our scalp, you know, the skin directly above and surrounding our brain? Have you ever read the label for any of these products? I promise, it’s like trying to read Greek! Now think about this, skin, which is an organ on our body, absorbs. So all those ingredients that we can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is… yup, our skin, including our scalp, absorbs whatever it is we put on it.
Next, products on our face. Cleansing with soap or whatever items that’s used, moisturizers, toners, eye cream, shaving cream, sunscreen, cosmetics, lip balm, makeup remover, acne products, lighteners, eye lash growing serum… what else? What am I missing? I guess we could say that each of the items listed can have subcategories. Again, have you read any of the labels for these items? Same rules from above apply when it comes to skin absorption.
On to our body… Name the stuff we put on our skin with me, can you do it? Let’s do it together. Lotion, sunscreen, soap, baby oil, perfumes, powders, medicated creams like cortisone, neosporin, and/or Bengay, acne body washes, lightening/bleach creams… That’s a LOT of stuff! I’ll ask again… ever read the ingredient labels? And remember, the skin absorbs!
Here are the extras that go on or in our bodies… Nails- Nail polish, nail polish remover, cuticle creams. Feet- Foot creams, ointments and antifungals. Underarms- deodorant or powders. In the mouth- mouthwash, toothpaste, teeth whiteners, flavored floss, and plastic toothbrushes. And another area that people don’t like to talk about, private parts. There are medicated creams/ointments for those sensitive areas, front, and back. Also, tampons and pads should be considered. Yup, can you believe it? Pesticide use in the cotton industry makes cotton susceptible to pesticide residue. I dunno, just something to take into consideration.
Okay, did we do it? I think we’ve covered most personal care products. If you think of anything else, please share and put it in the comment section below as I’m always learning. 🙂
I knew there were a lot of stuff that we use on our bodies, but writing this post and listing them… geez, I didn’t realize how much is used on a daily basis! I can name 12 items that I use on average almost daily. How about you? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) did a survey several years back and women use an average of 12 items which contains up to 168 unique ingredients!! Not all ingredients are toxic, but unfortunately, with the amount of chemicals that we are exposed to, who’s to say what mixes and what doesn’t? AND, there are certain common ingredients used in our personal care products that when combined, forms benzene, a known carcinogen! Just in case you forgot what carcinogen means, here, as defined by Google… “A substance that is capable of causing cancer in living tissue.”
So. We’re learning. Together. To understand Overall Wellness vs. Cancer doesn’t take a brain surgeon, or a rocket scientist. It takes the willingness to learn, understand, and to make smart decisions based on what we’ve been talking about. Poisons in our environment wether it’s in our own home or outside, or in the refrigerator, or medicine cabinet, shower, laundry room, backyard… When we pay attention with our eyes wide open and ask questions, we are able to clearly see what are the potential cancer causers and how to avoid them.
Personal care products are LOADED with chemicals and many people have no idea that these products may be a possible reason why they have a new rash on their arm or that their skin is absorbing a toxin that their body is reacting to. Seriously, think about it, 150 plus ingredients on our skin every day?
Okay, so what can we do about it? First thing first… it’s OVERWHELMING the amount of junk that we have to deal with, so take a deep breath! I just did. My best advice? Take 10 minutes a day and start reading labels. At first it feels like you’re reading a whole new language, and you are! Here’s what to look for that may help while you’re trying to decipher the ingredients…
- Look for the Nos- Meaning, look for “No” Sulfates or “No” Paraben… stuff like that. The more Nos on the package, the better.
- Look for organic ingredients or better yet, purchase products with the Organic Seal.
- Don’t be fooled by the word “Natural” as it has become a catch-all word that doesn’t necessarily mean anything natural at all.
- The less ingredients on the label, the better.
- If you use phone apps, EWG has a Healthy Living app that can help you out.
It’s a lot, I know, but if we do a little something every day to broaden our ingredient language, it will get easier. Everything we do, every choice we make, we CAN push cancer and other ailments away when we become aware of what it is that is in our every day environment, including our bodies. TM ❤
~I am not a doctor, a scientist, or professional advisor. I am a concerned citizen for our planet, the critters, and our children. Everything I write is from my heart and the knowledge that I share is from many many hours of research. TM