Toxic Load- How Your Beauty Routine is Hurting You

" 515 is the number of chemicals applied to the average woman's body everyday"

Do you understand how to read a product label to reduce your risk? Unfortunately many people are still unaware of the risks associated with beauty products. When we do not make conscious beauty choices and continue to use products that contain harmful ingredients we increase out bodies toxic load. It only takes 26 seconds for the body to absorb 60% of the chemicals applied to our bodies so don't you think it's about time we think about what we put on and in our bodies?

What is Toxic Load?

Toxic load refers to the accumulation of toxins and chemicals in our bodies that we ingest from a variety of sources, including the environment, food we eat, water we drink, personal care products, and household products. If we aren't paying attention to our exposure to the products we use we are consistently putting unnecessary stress on our bodies which in turn can create a variety of health issues.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fatigue

  • Memory difficulties

  • Sleep impairment

  • Eczema and other inflammatory conditions

  • Allergies and sensitivities

Common ingredients in hair products to avoid & why:

Butylatedhydroxy Anisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene Synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.

Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients A byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) A chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.

Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA) Surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.

Formaldehyde Used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Present where quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), and several other preservatives are listed. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath. Methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone Chemical preservatives that are among the most common irritants, sensitizers, and causes of contact skin allergies. Found in: shampoo, conditioner, body wash. Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others) A class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.

Phthalates (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others) A class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds) PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. Depending on manufacturing processes, PEGs may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which are both carcinogens. Found in: creams, sunscreen, shampoo. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS and SLES) SLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.

Synthetic flavor or fragrance An engineered scent or flavouring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruption and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed.

Toluene A volatile petrochemical solvent that is toxic to the immune system and can cause birth defects. Found in: nail polish & hair colour

If this is already overwhelming you check out the never list with Beauty Counter. This amazing tool will make it easy to check your labels while you shop. Click here to download their PDF

Some Simple Ways to Reduce your Toxic Load:

Our bodies are very smart and made to remove toxins when working optimally. The more toxins you have burdening your body, the greater the damage to your body’s detoxification pathways. This can create long term health issues and concerns. If we take these simple steps it can make a difference in our overall well-being

Check your product labels: remove as many harmful ingredients as you can

Your most used products: should be the least toxic. It isn't a perfect world and it is impossible to avoid all ingredients. Be sure that the products you use the most are the least toxic

Limit aerosols: If you cannot make sure you use them in a well ventilated area

Find pros that care: We can do the work for you to make these changes seamless and simple

Drink water: Help your body flush out the unnecessary toxins we

Stop being closed minded: We seem to think that mainstream product = results but that simply isn't true. Using chemical free products doesn't mean you cannot achieve the same amazing results. It just simply may be a learning curve to a new regime to a better healthier you, and who doesn't want that!

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