Most people like to look nice and have a pleasant smell. Whether a male or a female, you don’t want to have patchy or tired looking skin, acne, enlarged pores or wrinkles because these are unattractive.
There are numerous products available that can give a flawless skin and a perfect smooth hair. Some of these products may be very expensive. Some of them also have side effects that can damage the skin or hair. The FDA does not regulate all cosmetic products and as such, the manufacturers may decide to use any chemical they wish for their production. These chemicals could be toxic or have a harmful effect on the skin or body. Since you don’t swallow these products, some people will think this will not matter but note that anything you use on your skin will get absorbed into your system. If you reflect on how a nicotine patch works, you will understand how chemicals are being absorbed into your body through your skin. During a nice, hot shower, your pores are widely open, and this is when it becomes easier for chemicals to enter your body.
Some scientists believe that putting a chemical on your skin may be worse than swallowing it. When you swallow, the enzymes present in your mouth and stomach help in breaking them down. In the end, they are flushed out of the body. On the other hand, when these chemicals are put on the skin, they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
If you experience any issues, you may not be able to identify the cause. It could be your shampoo or other products that are causing your issues. It has been observed that the ingredients in shampoo can cause persistent irritation and itching, flaky skin, asthma symptoms, allergies, sinusitis, and may lead to cancer. Since the body cannot recognize these chemicals, the ingredients will wreak havoc with your immune system. The person begins to have frequent colds as well as fungal and viral infections.
Nobody wants to believe that their personal care products are made with harmful chemicals. The good news is that we have safer alternatives in personal care available:
1. Simplify: It is advisable to choose products of personal care that have simple ingredient lists and few synthetic chemicals. Avoid any products that have ‘fragrance’ on the label. Use few products.
2. DIY: Some personal care products are very easy to make. You may use pure organic ingredients to make your own body oils, sugar or salt scrubs.
3. Research products yourself: The beauty industry is unregulated. This is the primary reason you should do your own research. Your research should be based on finding the safest product. Manufacturers of personal care products don’t follow any legal standards, so any product that is labelled as ‘natural’, ‘pure’, or ‘organic’ should not be completely taken for their claims.
4. Use apps like Think Dirty: Think Dirty’s shop clean app is a nice way to find out if your products are safe or not. This app helps to rank some specific products on a scale of 1-10 and can even offer cleaner solutions.
5. Learn as much as you can and get involved:You should know about the product you are about to purchase. If you don’t have any knowledge of it, then you should learn about it. The labels should be correctly read, and you should pay attention to any harmful ingredients in its content.
6. Avoid fragrance:Fragrance is a mixture of complex chemical ingredients, and is one of the primary causes of allergic skin reaction and a common trigger for asthma. Some fragrance may disrupt your hormones. The companies in the United States are not required by the US government to disclose the components that make up the ingredients of their products. This is why the ingredients that form the fragrance in a product are not known by customers. Customers don’t know what they spray or rub on their bodies. It would be better to go fragrance-free than not knowing the ingredients in your product.
7. Pay special attention to children’s products: Young children are highly susceptible to harm from the exposure to the chemical content of personal care products. You should not buy baby powder when purchasing products for your children.
8. Avoid sunscreen: Protective clothing and shade are the best protection from the sun that you can get. You may also use a good coconut oil, which protects your skin from the sun. When you use these and avoid chemical products, you will avoid chemicals present in sunscreen products. Coconut oil can also work as an antiaging and anti-wrinkle product.
9. Pamper at home: Avoid spraying chemical products at home. Use natural flowers or fruit oils like lavender, orange, apple or lemon oil.
10. Embrace your natural hair: Harmful chemicals like petrol are present in products like permanent hair dyes and chemical hair straighteners. It is safer for your body and mind to be creative and to love your natural look
Here is the list of chemicals to avoid in ours cosmetics:
Ethanolamines (Cocamide DEA and others); Parabens (Butylparaben); UV Filters (Octinoxate, Oxybenzone; Formaldehyde-releasing Preservatives (Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin); Sodium Laureth Sulfate and other – eth can have 1,4 Dioxane and Ethylene Oxide.
Ethanolamines (Cocamide DEA and others),Parabens (eg, Butylparaben) Formaldehyde Realising Preservatives (Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin ;Sodium Laureth Sulfate and other – eth can have 1,4 Dioxane and Ethylene Oxide; Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, which can be contaminated with Arsenic, Nonoxynols, which can be contaminated with 1,4-Dioxane and Ethylene Oxide.