Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to start reading labels on your personal products, looking for parabens.
When it comes to what I put on my skin, I figure I can use the same philosophy on the outside of my body as I do the inside: if it’s brand new and not tested over many decades (if not centuries), I am very wary.
One new fangled additive in personal products is called parabens. Micaela of Mindful Momma will explain all about them for you in tomorrow’s Spring Cleaning: Get the Junk Out! Carnival, so for today I’ll just tell you that they’re up to no good.
My first step was just to start reading ingredients in my shampoos, deodorants, soaps, etc. to look for parabens. I was amazed at how pervasive they are. I learned to use the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). That can be frustrating, because it seems that every product in my home had a bad score! To take a simple step to change, I tried to find market products (in stores) that did not contain parabens, which is entirely possible to do, but takes some work.
I had to get out of the stores to find products with “real” ingredients. There are many Etsy sellers who offer natural body products, and you can read their ingredients, which sound like a recipe. If it’s food, it’s certainly safe for my skin! I also found a local work-at-home-mom who sells great all natural products, Natural Momma. One of my sponsors, MadeOn Hard Lotion, also has incredible products made from safe ingredients (and you get to win some tomorrow!).
Leaps of Faith
The surest way to avoid parabens AND all the other potential hazards in beauty products is to make your own or skip the product altogether. Here are the changes I’ve made in the past 2 years:
- I wear less makeup now.
- I use homemade deodorant.
- I use the “no ‘poo” method instead of shampoo to wash my hair and the NaturOli shampoo bar as a backup.
- I’m experimenting with the oil cleansing method for my face.
Can’t wait to see what Micaela has to tell us tomorrow! Also, remember that you’ve got some extra time for the Healthy Snacks to Go and freeze-dried fruit giveaway and the bonus subscriber entry for the Excalibur dehydrator from CookWaresPlus!
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