Wellness

5 Ways To Detox Your Personal Care & Beauty Products

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Detoxing your life requires that you take a good look at not just what you’re eating, but how you’re living. Since our skin is our largest organ (it encompasses roughly 10% of or body surface), everything that you put on your skin, gets absorbed into your bloodstream and eventually goes through to your liver.

There’s a reason why so many nutrition experts say “don’t put anything on your skin you wouldn’t eat”!

The best way to detox your personal care and beauty products is to start by going on a tour of your bathroom to find out exactly what is in the potions, lotions and elixirs that you use on a daily or weekly basis. Then consider these follow tips on how you can clean up your products and take back your health, one item at a time.

1. Keep It Simple

Make it your mission to (as much as possible) choose products with simpler ingredient lists and fewer synthetic chemicals. Skip the toxic, processed body oils and lotions and use organic oils (such as jojoba, macadamia, sweet almond, argan, and rosehip) to moisturize your skin after you shower and give you a nice, fresh scent.

2. Do Your Research

Since the beauty industry is largely unregulated, it’s up to you to do your own research to find the safest products. There are no legal standards for personal care products labeled as “pure,” “natural” or “organic,” so look beyond the marketing claims and read labels carefully.

Seek out companies that pride themselves on deliver quality products that not only do good, but work well. Companies like Beautycounter, a California based start-up selling non-toxic makeup, hair, baby and skincare products are leading the charge in this area and I am a proud consultant. The leaders of Beautycounter are working in Washington and meeting with members of Senate to fight for more health protective laws so that someday we won’t have to scour an ingredient list before making a purchase — and then give up and settle for whatever is on the shelf (or fall prey to brands that use clever marketing tactics, also known as “greenwashing” to sell their products).

Beautycounter has banned the use of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals through their “Never List”, all while making products that are high-performing and feel as indulgent as any other luxury brand of makeup or skincare.

3. Use Available Free Resources

Don’t be fooled by clever marketing: just because a personal care product contains organic, natural or plant-based ingredients, doesn’t mean it’s free of toxic chemical. Always keep in mind that natural or organic ingredients do not imply the product is safe. Thankfully, there are 2 incredible resources that can help you determine how safe you current products are and which ones need to be eliminated from your daily regimen.

  • Think Dirty Shop Clean app. This easy-to-use resource ranks the safety of specific products on a scale of 1-10 and offers up cleaner solutions. It is one of the easiest ways to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products.
  • Skin Deep Database. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a handy free reference tool called the Skin Deep Database, which rates all ingredients found in thousands of products from one to ten. The higher the number, the more hazardous the ingredient and the more potential health problems it may cause over time.

4. Get Involved

While it’s possible – and becoming easier – to reduce toxic exposures in your home by buying safer products, we still have a lot of work to do. The good news is that the power is in your hands (and in your wallet), and don’t be fooled: where you spend your money counts!

5. Do It Yourself

Did you know that your kitchen may contain a lot of the supplies you need for smooth, radiant skin and hair? Some personal care products are easy to make, and this can be a fun project or something you can involve friends in who also want cleaner personal care products. Not to mention cheaper! There are many fantastic resources online and people who run workshops to show you how to make your own soap, haircare, bodycare and more!

Samantha Ushedo, CNP