Chances are your skincare could be toxic, here are 5 ways you can check that you're not putting harmful chemicals onto your skin and into your body.
Your skin is the largest organ in the body. It also absorbs whatever you put on it. Since the ingredients in your skin care products make their way into your bloodstream, you don't want them to be toxic.
1. Always check the ingredients.
The FDA requires cosmetics to be safe, but that doesn't mean they are tested. Make sure to avoid chemicals that are toxic to your hormones such as Parabens and Phthalates! Also avoid: oxybenzone, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, and more.
2. Research products using apps.
Apps like Yuka or websites like EWG.org analyze and rate products by their ingredients and the latest research on safety. Just type in the product or ingredient into EWG or scan the product with Yuka to do a quick check.
3. Look for natural ingredients.
Natural Ingredients are less likely to be harmful to your body as we have evolved to process them. Our ancestors relied on natural products for all of their personal care to great success.
4. Look for organic ingredients.
Organic ingredients are those made without the use of pesticides and are not genetically modified (GMOs). Pesticides like Glyphosate have been found to be cancer-causing, and in the US it has been found in 80% of urine samples!
5. Fewer ingredients may be better.
The more ingredients in the product, the more possibility of interactions between these ingredients. It is difficult and costly to do interaction testing for a large number of chemicals. Fewer than 10 ingredients is a good target.
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