Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Remove Toxins From Your Bathroom Cabinet
Cosmetics and personal care products are actually a huge source of chemical poisoning and endocrine disruption.
But the FDA has tested only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients used in cosmetics.
Thankfully, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consortium of 60 environmental and consumer health groups, identified some of the most harmful substances in cosmetics and personal-care products.
When looking for alternatives, seek out companies that signed the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics compact, a pledge of their commitment to safer products and greater transparency about the ingredients of their products.
A list of signing companies can be found at www.safecosmetics.org.
The following ingredients all have suspected hormone-disrupting qualities.
NO: Mercury (often listed as thimerosal on ingredient labels)
Found in some lip liner, lip gloss, facial moisturizer, mascara, eye drops, ointment, and deodorant.
Why it’s bad: Mercury sticks around in your tissues forever, messing with our neurochemistry, immune systems, and other cells.
It’s also a suspected endocrine disruptor and a known human reproductive and developmental toxin.
Found in more than 60% of brand-name lipsticks, but never labeled as such.
Why it’s bad: Lead causes learning and behavioral disorders and has been linked to other central nervous system damage, miscarriage, reduced fertility, hormonal changes, and menstrual irregularities.
Found in nail polish and other cuticle and nail treatments.
Why it’s bad: Toluene damages the nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems; it may also damage kidneys, lower sperm counts, cause birth defects, and interfere with normal menstrual cycles.
Found in moisturizer, facial cleanser, shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, body wash, styling gel, acne treatments, foundation, eye shadow, mascara, baby wipes, hand cream, lubricant, hair spray, eye makeup remover.
It’s also used as a preservative in food – and funeral homes!
Why it’s bad: Formaldehyde is harmful to your immune system, is a known human carcinogen, and has been linked to leukemia, irregular periods, asthma, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and DNA damage.
Found in shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tooth whitener, toothpaste, facial cleanser, sunscreen, moisturizer, toners/astringents.
Why it’s bad: Parabens have estrogenic effects on your body and are linked to breast and prostate cancer.
Found in some hair relaxers, moisturizers, and toners.
Why it’s bad: Placenta can produce estrogen, estrone, estradiol, and progesterone, and increase your risk for breast cancer and other problems.
Found in some nail polish, nail and cuticle treatments, fragrance, bath oil, moisturizer, and hair spray.
Why it’s bad: Phthalates may be toxic to your reproductive system, causing infertility and birth defects.
Because they’re not listed on product labels, they can be hard to track down (sometimes hidden as “fragrance”).
Found in moisturizer, hand cream, shampoo, facial cleanser, conditioner, antiperspirant, exfoliant, body wash, toothpaste.
Why it’s bad: Triclosan is believed to interfere with thyroid hormone metabolism, cause antibiotic resistance, and create carcinogenic compounds when combined with chlorinated water.
YES: Natural cosmetics and personal care products
Some cosmetics claim to be “organic,” but, unlike with food, no firm governmental guidelines for cosmetics or personal care products exist.
Until we have a reliable designation, check out Skin Deep, Environmental Working Group’s cosmetics database, which takes the ingredients in more than 25,000 products and matches them with 50 toxicity and regulatory databases.
It’s amazing – you don’t need to go anywhere else for information.
Here are some of my favorite natural cosmetic brands and how you can find them:
>Dr. Hauschka (www.drhauschka.com)
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
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