Most of us shower every day, we wash our hair, our bodies, slather moisterizer and deoderant on our skin, and we never really think about what we are absorbing into our skin. I have learned to read the labels, and what I found shocked me. Even the most innocent of products, claiming to be 100% natural, do not hold up when you flip the bottle over and see what they actually contain. There are many ways to clean your body and make yourself smell fresh without carcinegins. It is cheaper to make your own products and you will feel much better when you stop using these things on your body. Remember, it only takes 26 seconds for something on your skin to reach your blood stream. Below is an excerpt from the Cancer Prevention Coalition Website:
Cosmetics are the least regulated products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The FFDCA does not require pre-market safety testing, review, or approval for cosmetics. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursues enforcement action only after the cosmetic enters into the stream of commerce or sometimes after it is on the shelf. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that 884 of the chemicals available for use in cosmetics have been reported to the government as toxic substances. A U. S. General Accounting Office report notes that the FDA has committed no resources for assessing the safety problems of those chemicals which have been found to cause genetic damage, biological mutations, and cancer. Because of minimal regulation, products plainly dangerous to your health can be, and are being, sold…..Cancer Risks from Cosmetic and Personal Care Products (Things to look out for on labels, there are many more but this is a brief overview)
DEA and TEA can result in the formation of carcinogens in products containing nitrite preservatives. Chemical reactions between nitrites and DEA/ TEA occur during the manufacturing process and while products are stored in their containers. This reaction leads to the formation of nitrosamines. Most nitrosamines, including those formed from DEA or TEA, are carcinogenic.
A wide range of personal care products including shampoos, hair conditioners, cleansers, lotions, and creams, besides household products such as soaps and cleaning products, contain surfactants or detergents such as ethoxylated alcohols, polysorbates, and laureths. These ingredients are generally contaminated with high concentrations of the highly volatile 1,4 – dioxane, which is both readily inhaled and absorbed through the skin. The carcinogenicity of dioxane in rodents was first reported in 1965 and subsequently confirmed in other studies including by the National Cancer Institute in 1978; the predominant sites of cancer were nasal passages in rats and liver in mice. Epidemiological studies on dioxane-exposed furniture makers have reported suggestive evidence of excess nasal passage cancers. On the basis of such evidence, the Consumer Product Safety Commission concluded that “the presence of 1,4 – dioxane, even as a trace contaminant, is a cause of concern.” These avoidable risks of cancer in numerous personal care, besides other consumer, products is inexcusable, particularly as the dioxane is readily removed from surfactants during their manufacture by a process known as “vacuum stripping.”
Some artificial colors, such as Blue 1 and Green 3, are carcinogenic. Impurities found in commercial batches of other cosmetic colors such as D&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5, and FD&C yellow 6 have been shown to cause cancer not only when ingested, but also when applied to the skin. Some artificial coal tar colors contain heavy metal impurities, including arsenic and lead, which are carcinogenic.
The use of permanent or semi permanent hair color products, particularly black and dark brown colors, is associated with increased incidence of human cancer including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease. There are several natural hair-coloring products which are relatively effective and safe.
Lanolin itself is perfectly safe. But cosmetic-grade lanolin can be contaminated with carcinogenic pesticides such as DDT, dieldrin, and lindane, in addition to other neurotoxic pesticides.
Cosmetic talc is carcinogenic. Inhaling talc and using it in the genital area, where its use is associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer, are the primary ways this substance poses a carcinogenic hazard.
Some silica used in cosmetics, especially amorphous hydrated silica, may be contaminated with small amounts of crystalline quartz. Crystalline silica is carcinogenic.
No poo shampoo:
- Take 1 tbs of baking soda in your hand,
- add some water to your hand to make a thick paste,
- rub it into your hair just like you would shampoo. just do your roots, you don’t want to do it all the way down your hair or your ends will get dry. Rinse out well,
- take 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts water in a mixing bottle (I use an old ketchup bottle) and use this for conditioner. I leave this on sometimes and just walk out of the shower at this point, but you can rinse it out. The smell will dissipate quickly.
- Once a month I do a leave in conditioner treatment of coconut oil. Just get it melted down and rub it all through your hair and scalp. When you are ready to wash it out, just make sure you scrub extra hard with the baking soda.
- You can use apple cider vinegar as an astringent as well. Just put some on a cotton ball and use just like you would for commercial astringent. It gets the red out of pimples and reduces swelling.
- On the subject of pimples, a great pimple remedy is 1 non-coated aspirin, dissolved in a tiny bit of water, mixed with some natural raw honey. Pimple creams contain sylicic acid…which is ASPIRIN!! And honey, a natural skin calmer, will reduce redness and swelling in no time. This is a tried a true method and it works quickly, I promise!
- Rub your face with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural astringent and pulls out impurities and tightens pores. Take a washcloth and soak in warm water and lay it on your face for 5 minutes. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can do it for only a minute, it won’t get in as deep, but it will still penetrate with the heat. If you have a lot of time, I like to steam my face over a pot of boiling water for 10 minutes. When done with the washcloth, or steam, rub the coconut oil in for another 5-10 seconds, then wipe off with a warm damp cloth. Close your pores with cold water. A lot of times, acne is caused by a lack of oil, from commercial cleaners stripping our skin of what is there naturally.
*To note, when a diet is clean, acne will appear much less. Of course, hormones and other things are a factor, but when we cut out salt and processed foods, especially ones containing preservatives, you will find your skin is much clearer and brighter. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day also helps keep the skin looking bright and clean. However, even I get pimples, but I swear by these methods mentioned above.
- Next I’m going to go into deodorant. Yes….I don’t use commercial deodorant, and no, I don’t stink. Store bought deodorant is full of carcinogens… fragrance, aluminum…its all really bad for you. So here is a method that really works:
*A note about body order. The more clean you eat, the less your sweat under your arm pits will smell. Since switching my diet to a clean diet without any processed foods and white flours and sugars I can sweat for extended periods of time without any odor. However, I still use this deodorant just for…safety LOL
- 1/4 c. baking soda
- 1/4 c. cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- 5 Tbsp. coconut oil
- Essential oils (optional)
- I also use coconut oil for toothpaste. Mix with some baking soda and peppermint oil (food grade), and use that on my toothpaste. My teeth are shiny white!
- For extra sweetness you can add in some Stevia.
- For a tooth whitener, add turmeric or hydrogen peroxide.