For a while now, I've been concerned about the toxins and chemicals that are absorbed through the skin. Most commercial brands of toiletries and beauty products contain chemicals that are proven carcinogens or irritants, or that have not been fully proven safe. The skin, our largest organ, drinks in pretty much everything that we put on it, and what is worse, these chemicals stay in our bodies through a process known as bio-accumulation. The solution is to be as informed and dilligent as possible with the products (shampoos, conditioners, lotions, make-up, shaving creams, perfumes, moisturizers, sunblocks, etc. etc. etc.) that we use. This is especially important with small children, whose bodies are more susceptible to chemicals.
Here are 2 good websites where you can learn more, see how your favorite products rank, and find new options to use. You will be surprised at how little the government and the FDA do to ensure that everyday products are safe and non-toxic. You will become familiar with some of the most offending ingredients to avoid. I was so shocked that some of the companies I consider very responsible still have many questionable ingredients and practices that they use in their products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
Happy October, everybody!