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Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 7.39.16 PMLiving a healthy lifestyle not only includes eating healthy, but it also means being mindful of using safe cosmetic and skincare products.

I don’t know why so often we are super careful about what we put on our babies skin, in their bath, what we wash their clothes in and then we accept chemical cocktails for our beauty routines!

It’s crazy. Think about it, your skin is your largest organ!

And we know that chemicals in our skincare products are absorbed by your skin and travel throughout your bloodstream.

From Deborah Burns:

The fact is, much of what we place on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. Just think about nicotine and birth control patches. We administer effective doses through the skin to our bloodstream, enabling us to forgo a daily oral pill in lieu of a patch that prevents pregnancy. Or a patch that keeps nicotine in our system without the side effects of smoking, allowing us to wean off of an addiction. While there may be some chemicals that are too large to enter our bloodstream, many are small enough to penetrate.

So, if you would be concerned if your children ate it, then don’t put it on your skin!

And just think about lip gloss, you know you’re ingesting that for sure!

Good news is, there are loads of organic lipgloss options or you can make your own too – if anyone has the time, make me some too please 🙂

Now first I have to share that there is no such thing as “chemical-free.

So get off your hippie high horse! (yep I said it!)

Water is a chemical compound.

What we’re really asking when we want “natural” or “chemical free” products is, “is this safe for me to use?” both in the short and the long term.

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Here are a few key things to avoid in your hair, skin, and body products:

Parabens – This is used as a synthetic preservative to help products have a longer shelf life. Common names to look for are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Parabens have also been linked to endocrine disruption due to their ability to mimic hormones. As a rule, I try to stay away from products that include any kind of paraben.

Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives – This is another common preservative in personal care products. Formaldehyde is a probable carcinogen and should be avoided in skin, hair and body care. It’s unnecessaryand can cause allergic reactions and irritations. And, then there’s the whole reality that formaldehyde is commonly used for embalming, that’s not pretty!

Common names for these types of preservatives are: Quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM) hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol).

Phthalates – This chemical is added to plastics to increase flexibility. These are used in household and industrial products such as children’s toys, infant care, personal care products, cosmetics, garden hoses, adhesives and lubricants. Phthalates have been said to contribute to different cancers such as breast and testicular cancer and they can reduce sperm count.

Common abbreviations for this ingredient on product labels are: DBP, DEP, DEHP, BZBP & DMP

Talcum Powder – Talc is another ingredient you want to avoid. Not only can it clog your pores, but it has been linked to ovarian cancer when used near the female genital area. Talc can be found in powdered foundations, blush, and baby powder to name a few.

Sometimes “Fragrance” isn’t a horrible thing as I learned from Liz Rider

A note on Fragrance: Fragrance can be a safe ingredient (or combination of safe ingredients) that are proprietary or a trade secret to the company, so sometimes the manufacturer will list just “fragrance” instead of all of the botanicals/compounds to protect the trade secret recipe. Fragrance-free is defined by the FDA as not having a scent. So, most “fragrance-free” items will actually have fragrance listed on the label because they have to add it to mask the scent of the other ingredients.

Staying away from these harmful ingredients will help to ensure a healthier beauty routine. There are other chemicals to watch for and that is why it is helpful to stick to a natural line of beauty products.

My favourite skin and body care line and I use it exclusively is Sensé Beautiful Science,

There are other brands to choose from that also use healthy ingredients so just be sure to read the labels to be sure you are comfortable with the ingredients they contain.

And here is my no fuss makeup essentials:

Abundant health,
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Christa

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