While I have long celebrated the many benefits of a nourishing whole foods diet, my wellness journey continues to teach me that there is more to health than the foods we choose to consume. Over the past several years, my work with clients, many who have or had breast cancer, has opened my eyes to the many environmental toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis. That’s why I started working with BeautyCounter, my favorite one stop for all of my toxin-free beauty needs. The last thing I want to do is be alarming because I avoid fear-based thinking at all costs, but it’s important we all know the facts! Knowledge allows us to make confident, empowered decisions. Plus, we can easily avoid or reduce our exposure to these toxins with a few simple swaps to our beauty routine. Did you know that the beauty industry is highly unregulated? I didn’t. Here are the facts and make sure to enter the giveaway and check out the free gift offer. It’s your chance to start building your toxin-free beauty regimen today!
Did You Know?
- There are over 80,000 chemicals used in commercially available products- and many do not have safety data. Read more!
- Only 10% of of the chemicals found in beauty products have safety data
- The United States has not passed a federal law regulating what companies can put in personal care products since 1938
- In the past 20 years the US has banned a mere 11 ingredients found in personal care products–the European union has banned 1,300.
- Your skin is a conduit to the rest of your body. Consider this: we use birth control patches and nicotine patches because our skin acts as a gateway to the rest of our body.
- Research has shown there is a connection between toxic chemicals exposure and disease.
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Toxin Free Cheat Sheet
I don’t know about you, but I can’t find the time to research every product at the grocery store and drug store. That’s why I have a handful of go-to brands that I know are safe. I also learned about a handful of ingredients that I now avoid when I purchase a new product. Below is some information on ingredients to avoid and here are my go-to brands to help your weed through the crap. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post. You can start building your better beauty routine with a free BeautyCounter Counter Match Lotion. Enter by scrolling down.
- Cleaning Products: Seveneth Generation, Ecover and Distilled White Vinegar
- Beauty: BeautyCounter and Acure
- I have been a BeautyCounter consultant for some time now. I love that the website is one stop shopping for all of my toxin-free beauty needs. There is something really comforting about the fact that I know and trust that all of their products are clean and amazing and that the company is working hard to educate consumers and pass legislature that will better regulate the beauty industry.
5 Beauty Ingredients to Avoid
A widely used preservative that helps prevent the growth of certain bacteria in many popular cosmetic products. While that may sound like a good thing, Parabens are absorbed into the body through the skin and carry properties that mimic reproductive hormones. These types of estrogen and testosterone disruptors have been linked to increased risk of chronic disease, breast cancer and fertility complications. Parabens can be found in makeup, face and body washes, deodorants, and shampoos. They can also be found in food and some pharmaceutical products.
can mean a number of things. We typically think of fragrance as a smell, but rarely do we consider what makes that smell. Think your “Fresh Linen’ laundry detergent is made from fresh linens? Think again. Sadly, fragrance is an ‘undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals’ according to Environmental Working Group. It’s any number of chemicals that are concocted to smell like something we’re familiar with. No doubt these chemical concoctions are hazardous to our health. According to the EWG, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and long-term complications with the reproductive system. Fragrance can be found in many household products such as perfume, cologne, conditioner, shampoo, body wash, lotions, laundry detergent, dish soap and candles.
These chemicals are used to increase the flexibility in plastics and are found in many self-care products. These chemicals are most often dibutyl phthalate (found in nail polish), diethyl phthalate (found in perfumes and lotions), and dimethyl phthalate (found in hair spray). They have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Sadly, these ingredients are not listed on each label because they’re grouped into ‘fragrance’. Another reason to avoid fake fragrances — unknown lurking endocrine disruptors.
Even though Triclosan is a known endocrine disruptor, causing a decrease in thyroid hormones as well was reproductive health issues, it is still widely used in many personal care products and household plastics. This chemical acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungal agent in products such as toothpaste, deodorant, and antibacterial soaps. Triclosan may also contribute to the body’s resistance of antibiotics – in other words, using these types of antimicrobial products will inhibit your body from doing it’s job to fight off bacteria and viruses.
While we all think we are making a good decision by slathering sunscreen all over our bodies, it’s not that simple. Sunscreen can host a number of toxic chemicals, and I’m not even talking about the ‘fragrance’ that might be added to the list. To name a few, oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate are most commonly added to sunscreen to provide UV protection. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and can actually be measured in blood, breast milk and urine. The chemicals have been directly linked to skin allergies, cancers, thyroid and reproductive health issues. Even more frustrating is the fact that these chemicals were grandfathered in from the 1970’s and deemed as safe without further research. Thankfully, EWG has a lot of great information that can help us all sift through the junk and provide ourselves with the best products for skin protection. Read more:
Bonus Welcome Gift
I bet you’re eager to check out some better beauty options, right? I was when I first learned all of this. Thankfully, BeautyCounter offers us a one-stop shop for all our beauty needs. To add a little extra motivation, I am offering a free gift to everyone that makes a purchase of $100 or more through my BeautyCounter site. All purchases must be made by 10/13. The commission I make on your purchase helps to support this blog so I thank you! It’s a win, win!
To Receive the Welcome Gift:
- Make a purchase of $100 or more through my BeautyCounter site www.beautycounter.com/katiecavuto
- All orders must be made by 10/13/2017
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How to Enter
- Visit my BeautyCounter page and leave a comment listing your favorite product www.beautycounter.com/katiecavuto
- One winner, chosen at random, will be announced on 10/6