More and more these days, we are being encouraged to look at labels. Long gone are the days of trusting your food and body products, and their sources and just popping something in your cart. I see people in the grocery store stopping to take a look and becoming aware of what is in that product. 

Just as we should be concerned with what we are eating, we should be just as concerned about what we are putting all over our skin-our biggest organ. 

There is a lot to consider with beauty and health products. More and more research is being published about the harmful effects of skin care ingredients-there are no regulations.  Some (most) skin care products are a wasteland of toxic ingredients and no one has cared to look at the effects...until NOW. 

Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, CANCER, infertility, endocrine dysfunction are just a few of the major health issues that can be onset from these ingredients. As consumers, it's time to get smart, become aware and slowly but surely, clear out the toxins from our cabinets and cosmetic bags. Couple that with the ingredients in our food, and there is no wonder why cancer rates are at a all-time high and we are seeing so much dis-ease in this country. 

My pendulum doesn't swing far left or right, and yes, I still have some products lurking in my collection that I need to find an alternative for, but all of that will come in time... Roma wasn't built in a day. Becoming aware is the first step and although you may not be able to part with your favorite lipstick or gloss or deodorant, right away, just knowing, empowers us to make better choices for us and our families.

Here is a small list of some common chemicals in our bathrooms, that we should look for. I will add more as I go here, but these are the most common and here is the WHY.

PARABENS:  preservatives used in a wide variety of personal care products and foods, to prevent the growth of microbes. 

THING TO LOOK FOR ON A LABEL: Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Isobutyl parabens.

WHERE IS IT FOUND? Can be found in deodorants, anti-perspirants, shampoos, conditioners, self-tanners, lotions and makeup

WHY DON'T WE WANT ON OUR SKIN? Endocrine disruption (that delicate thyroid gland), CANCER, developmental and reproductive toxicity. AVOID IN PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN.  Look for PARABEN-FREE on the label. If a company does not use parabens, they are proud to say so and usually it is written on the product. 

PHTHALATES: A group of chemicals found in plastics and vinyls. Used as a preservative in cosmetics and skin care products. 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON A LABEL: Diethylhexly phthalate, Dibutyl phthalate, Dimethyl phthalate, Diethyl phthalate, frangrance

WHERE IS IT FOUND? Household cleaners, lotions, plastics, detergents, nail polish and lipsticks.

WHY DON"T WE WANT ON OUR SKIN? Endocrine disruption (see a pattern, here?), developmental and reproductive toxicity, CANCER. Supports development of asthma and allergies. 

SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE: Surfactant, thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer.

THING TO LOOK FOR ON A LABEL: Monodedcyl ester,  Sulfuric acid, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate.

WHERE IS IT FOUND? Soaps, shampoos, detergents

WHY DON'T WE WANT ON OUR SKIN? Irritates skin, eyes, lungs.

FRAGRANCE: a beautiful blend of sometimes over 3000 chemicals. 

THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON A LABEL: Parfum, fragrance

WHERE IS IT FOUND? Perfumes, colognes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hair care products, etc. etc. etc...

WHY DON'T WE WANT IT ON OUR SKIN? can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL: alcohol used in antifreeze, cosmetics and household products. Used as a skin conditioner, a fragrance ingredient.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON A LABEL: propolyne glycol, dihydroxypropane, Hydroxypropanol; Methyethyl glycol

WHERE IS IT FOUND: hair care products, moisturizers, lotions

WHY DON'T WE WANT ON OUR SKIN? Irritant and allergen.

PETROLATUM: mineral oil used as a barrier on skin.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON A LABEL: Petroleum, mineral oil

WHERE IS IT FOUND? Hair care products, lotions, moisturizers

WHY DON'T WE WANT ON OUR SKIN? Does not allow skin to breathe, skin irritation, allergies and cancer causing.

These are just a few major ones and I will expound on other ingredients as I go. No need rush out and spend a ton of money on new products, but getting informed is most important. KNOW BETTER, DO BETTER. Our products are created to "Lighten The Toxic Load" and sometimes just swapping out ONE product can get you started. 

Look for labels that say paraben-free, no parabens, no sodium lauryl sulfate and stick with organic (when possible, both in your food and skin care). 

There are a lot of local companies producing beautiful skin care without the harmful ingredients. Seek us out. Learn as you go and have fun with it.

There is a lot ot be happy about and feel good about, once you are empowered with the information and know what to look for. It feels good, it smells better and you know what your putting on your skin are #productswithapurpose. 

Let us know if you have any questions about any of our products. 

A Celestial Body is an empowered body...