Household Detox Part 2: A Clean Beauty Routine
Do you know what’s really in your make-up? Your lotion? Your soap? Did you know you should ditch perfume all together? The items we use daily to help nourish, protect, clean and enhance our bodies may be doing more harm than good.
Your skin is your largest organ, and a complex one at that. The skin does a great job at playing defense to many dangers it comes in contact with, but also absorbs tiny molecules, and when you’re using products regularly that contain contraindicated ingredients, your skin will inevitably be absorbing more of these toxins over time.
You can see in the diagram where the blood vessels are in relation to the surface of your skin. Even products on your hair will travel down through the dermis.
At best, regular application of "dirty" products will clog your pores and cause breakouts and a congested complexion.
While our skin layers do indeed protect you from a lot of damage, chemicals will penetrate the skin will be delivered into blood stream and to our organs. Overall effect will depend the ingredients, amount of use, activity after application, skin type/age, your level of sensitivity and your ability to eliminate toxins (particularly if you are among the 50% of the population with a MTHFR Mutation).
Many studies have now shown strong links to cancer, endocrine (hormone) disruption, nuerotoxicity, infertility, developmental toxicity, allergies, even cellular changes from the ingredients in our beauty products.
It won’t surprise you to know that women are at higher risk.
Source: Mind Body Green (that terrible photoshop job is not mine!)
I don’t know anyone these days who hasn’t had a close experience with cancer, themselves or a dear friend/relative. My Grandmother died from cancer a few years ago, and with a family history of hormonal imbalances paired with our high exposure to toxins today, I have taken huge strides to rid our home of carcinogens and endocrine disrupting substances lurking in our food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, heck, even our furniture.
Top Ingredients to Avoid:
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For part 2 of the Household Detox series, we’re headed into the bathroom cabinet and shower caddy. When I first started to explore the ingredients in my daily beauty routine, I didn’t think I’d come up with anything too “dirty” – after all, some of the products I was buying stated they were natural, baby-safe or mineral-based.
I was wrong.
Many brands claiming to be "natural" or even "baby-safe" still use some pretty harmful ingredients like those mentioned in the chart above.
To help kick-start your clean up, I'll share my tried and true (and non-toxic) favorites.
Dirty items clockwise starting at top left: Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, Aquafresh toothpaste, Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion, Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash, Dior Show Mascara, Nars Blush, Mac Studio Fix Foundation, Secret Clinical Strength Deodorant.
Clean items clockwise starting at top left: Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo, Desert Essence Toothpaste, Organic Bath Co. Body Butter, Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara, 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush, Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation, Primal Pit Paste Deodorant Stick
Brands like Johnson & Johnson and Aveeno surprised me. The Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash I was using contains Quaternium-15, a known carcinogen, allergen and eczema trigger. Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion contains Butylparaben, another known carcinogen, endocrine disrupter and reproduction toxin.
My so-called dirty-purge was not an easy task. Sure, it may be easy now to find non-toxic products, but do they work well? That took a lot of trial and error. So listed below are my recommendations from first hand experience.
Shampoo and Conditioner
- Acure Organics
- Innersense Organic Beauty
- Josh Rosebrook (Integrity Botanicals or The Detox Market)
- Aleavia Skincare - Their prebiotic body wash doubles as a shampoo. Helps with dry or irritated scalp issues. discount with code jannyorganically20
- Josh Rosebrook Hairspray
- Josh Rosebrook LIFT Volume & Texture
- Josh Rosebrook Styling Cream
- Find these at Integrity Botanicals, The Detox Market and Follain
- Read Reviews
- RMS "Un" Cover Up
- W3LL People Bio Correct Concealer (Integrity Botanicals, The Detox Market or Follain)
- Kjaer Weis Foundation (Cream, full coverage) (The Detox Market or Integrity Botanicals or Citrine Beauty)
- Gressa Foundation Serum (Liquid, light-medium coverage)
- Alima Pure Foundation (Powder, medium-full coverage)
- Read Reviews
- RMS Master Mixer
- Nudus Australia Lipstick
- FitGlow Beauty Lipstick
- HAN Cosmetics Lipgloss
- Antonym Cosmetics Lip Pencil (Credo Beauty, Integrity Botanicals or Citrine Beauty)
- Josh Rosebrook Moisturizing Cleanser (Follain, The Detox Market or Integrity Botanicals)
- Osmia Organics Black Clay Facial Soap (Integrity Botanicals or The Detox Market)
- Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask (Follain, The Detox Market or Integrity Botanicals)
- May Lindstrom The Problem Solver (The Detox Market, Follain or Integrity Botanicals)
- Leahlani Skincare Mermaid Mask (Discount code JANNYORGANICALLY)
- May Lindstrom The Honey Mud (The Detox Market, Follain or Integrity Botanicals)
- Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum Read Review (Integrity Botanicals or Follain)
- Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum Read Review (The Detox Market or Integrity Botanicals)
- Skin Owl Mangosteen Beauty Drops (Read Review) (The Detox Market or Beauty Heroes)
- Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 (Follain, The Detox Market or Integrity Botanicals)
- Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 (The Detox Market or Integrity Botanicals)
- Read Review
Body Oil (instead of lotion - read why)
- Osmia Organics (Integrity Botanicals or The Detox Market)
- KHUS-KHUS Body Serum (Discount with code jannyorgaincally15%)
- True Botanicals
- May Lindstrom The Good Stuff (Integrity Botanicals, The Detox Market, Follain, or Citrine)
I know I didn’t discuss Fluoride, however, my research has shown that while benefit for teeth/cavities is debated, the effect fluoride can have on our bodies after ingesting is never beneficial. This article is written exactly how I would have delivered the message. We use fluoride-free toothpaste and use a fluoride/arscenic filter along with our Berkey Water Filter for drinking and cooking.
Adding Fragrance or Parfum to any products creates an endocrine disrupting product and is incredibly dangerous to your hormonal system and balance. Make sure that your products are only scented naturally by ingredients like essential oils.