Toxins are all around us and most we don’t even realize! Your lifestyle is often a big culprit for increasing the amount of toxins that you’re exposed to. We often worry about the food we’re putting in our bodies and pay a lot less attention to what we’re putting on our skin and exposing ourselves to when we clean our homes.
Read further to see if your home needs a detox…
Personal hygiene products, cosmetics, and cleaning products are full of chemicals and other toxins that have scary effects on health and wellbeing.
Taking steps to reduce your exposure to toxins by swapping toxin-laden products for more natural alternatives can go a long way towards avoiding the health risks associated with toxins.
HIDDEN TOXINS IN OUR TOILETRIES PRODUCTS
A lot of personal hygiene and toiletries contain nasties, which is scary stuff when you consider how many products the average person uses. Here are just a few of the toxins you’re being exposed to:
Formaldehyde is often produced as a by-product of ingredients founds in deodorants, liquid soaps, and shampoos.
Phthalates are an endocrine disruptor and are known to be able to mimic estrogen and other hormones, which can affect lots of processes in the body. You’ll find phthalates in many shower gels, shampoos, hairsprays, perfumes and nail polishes.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is found in most products that foam and lather and is a common culprit for skin irritation. Its effects could be much worse though and there are fears that it could be carcinogenic.
Toluene is featured in a lot of hair gels, hairsprays, and perfumes. It’s a neurotoxin that mimics the effects of estrogen. It’s also linked to liver damage and asthma.
Propylene glycol is another common ingredient in toiletries. It’s also used in industrial antifreeze!
Triclosan is another endocrine disruptor. Thanks to its antibacterial qualities, it’s included in deodorants, hand soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash and even vaginal washes. It can potentially break down into dioxin, a carcinogenic.
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HOW TO AVOID TOXINS IN TOILETRIES PRODUCTS
There are lots of natural and organic cosmetics brands hitting the shelves, and they’re a great alternative to traditional cosmetics. Check the labels carefully though as “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean toxin-free. What you really want to look for is “clean beauty” brands and products. For example, clean beauty lipsticks are usually made from a range of natural oils, while powders can be made from cornstarch.
DIY NATURAL TOILETRIES PRODUCTS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
If you are new to the essential oil, learn more about:
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Beginner’s Guide
One of the easiest ways to minimize exposure to these harmful chemicals is by making your own products with more natural ingredients. It might sound difﬁcult but making the products you use on a daily basis is not only easy, but it is much more affordable than buying them at the store. The most important reason to make your own products is that you know exactly what’s in each product.
You will find below the DIY recipes for everyone in your home. All these recipes are completed in just minutes and will last you quite a while.
Lavender Infused Lotion Bar
These lotion bars are perfect to treat specific areas of your body.
- 1/4 cup Organic Lavender Infused Oil (lavender ﬂowers + almond oil)
- 1/4 cup Organic Shea Butter
- 1/4 Organic Beeswax
- 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- Silicone molds or 5 gram lip balm tubes
How to infuse oil with lavender ﬂowers:
Infuse using almond oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. There are 2 ways to make infused oil:
1- Fill an 8-ounce glass jar half-way with lavender ﬂowers. Fill the rest with the jar with almond oil. Close the jar and let it sit for a month. Shake the jar whenever you remember. Once 4 weeks have passed, strain the oil using a cheesecloth.
2- Make the infused oil using the double boiler method. Fill an 8-ounce glass jar halfway with lavender ﬂowers. Fill the rest with the jar with almond oil. Place the lavender/oil jar inside a pot with water and cook on low heat for about 2-3 hours, mixing occasionally. Once it’s ready, strain using a cheesecloth.
How to make lotion bars:
Make the lotion bars using the double boiler method. Add water inside a pot and set to medium heat. Add beeswax, the shea butter, and lavender-infused oil to a glass jar. Once all the ingredients have melted, turn off the heat and add the Lavender essential oil.
Pour mixture into silicone molds or 5-gram lip balm tubes. Wait for the mixture to harden before applying on the body. If you’re using silicone molds, then pop out the lotion bars from the mold once they are completely hardened. Store in a glass container.
To apply: rub the bar onto your skin and it will start to melt. Use as much as needed. Apply to the back of your neck before going to bed for more relaxing sleep.
Foaming Hand Soap
Never buy hand soap again!
- Foaming Soap Dispenser
- 4 tablespoons Castile Soap
- 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- Distilled or ﬁltered water
- 10 – 20 drops of Lavender essential oil
If you’re re-using a foaming soap dispenser, make sure you rinse out the container and pump with warm water.
Fill up your dispenser 3/4 full with distilled or ﬁltered water. It’s best to add the water ﬁrst to avoid creating too much foam.
Then add the castile soap and the vitamin E oil.
Add Lavender essential oils.
Fill up the rest of the container with water, making sure you leave enough room for the pump.
Close the container, shake it gently, and it’s ready to use!
Make your own cleansing body wash that also moisturizers.
- 2/3 cup Castile Soap
- 2 tablespoons Raw Honey
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 10 – 20 drops Lavender / Ylang Ylang / Geranium / Jasmine / Rose / Peppermint essential oils
In a glass bowl, combine all the ingredients together. If you’re using essential oils to make a scented version, then add these at the end.
Mix all the ingredients very well until you can no longer see the honey. Once you’re done, transfer to a small bottle and keep in your bathroom.
Shake before each use. Put a small amount on your hand, a washcloth, or sponge and wash.
HIDDEN TOXINS IN OUR BEAUTY COSMETICS PRODUCTS
Lots of your favorite cosmetics contain a whole host of toxins.
Some of the big ones include Phthalates and Triclosan. These are known to be endocrine disruptors that mimic the effects of hormones such as estrogen. According to research from the University of Maryland, phthalates can cause reproductive abnormalities and stunt testosterone levels and fertility in men. For women, they’ve been linked to an increased risk of premature deliveries.
BHA and BHT are used as preservatives so that your cosmetics have a longer shelf life. They’re also endocrine disruptors and are linked to skin allergies.
If you’re already aware of the risk of toxins in your cosmetics, it’s probably because of parabens. These are also used as preservatives and they can penetrate the skin very easily. So much so that traces of them have been found in breast cancer tissue! It’s thought that they can affect reproduction, the nervous system and the immune system so their effects could be widespread.
A few other nasties that can lurk in your make-up:
- Formaldehyde can be released as a byproduct of some of the ingredients in cosmetics.
- Octinoxate is an endocrine disruptor that is often added to foundations.
- Carbon black is found in a lot of eyeliners and has been put forward as a potential carcinogenic.
- Siloxanes are often added to cosmetics to soften and moisturize but they’re another endocrine disruptor.
HOW TO AVOID TOXINS IN COSMETICS PRODUCTS
Ideally, you want to be using products with these nasties as little as possible. Have a good look at the ingredients before you buy and avoid anything that you’re not sure about. There are lots of natural beauty alternatives on the market these days but check the labels as they can still contain a few toxins.
DIY NATURAL COSMETICS PRODUCTS WITH ESSETIAL OILS
HIDDEN TOXINS IN OUR CLEANING PRODUCTS
Cleaning products are another common culprit for toxins, especially chemicals. This is a big worry when you consider that a lot of the time, you’re cleaning in areas with little ventilation such as bathrooms. This makes it a lot more likely that you’ll inhale chemicals from the products.
A few things to think about when it comes to cleaning products:
- Fragrances often added to laundry detergents and fabric softeners can irritate the respiratory system and are linked to asthma.
- Diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) can become carcinogens.
- 2-butoxyethanol is commonly found in window and glass cleaners and multi purpose cleaning sprays. It often causes a sore throat after it’s sprayed but it’s also linked to allergies and asthma.
- Studies have shown that regular exposure to cleaning products can potentially reduce lung function.
How to avoid toxins:
Make your own cleaning products with natural ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. It does require a bit more in the way of elbow grease but you get great piece of mind that you’re not risking your health.
As you can see, you really need to be on the lookout for these sorts of toxins in your home. Swapping out harsh chemical products for more, natural cleaning methods will automatically have you feeling a lot better about your family’s environment. Finding toxic free beauty products can be a bit more of a challenge but online shopping made so easy, there is really no excuse to be putting these toxins on your face every day.
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