Reducing toxins in your life can feel overwhelming. If you’re committed to a natural-minded lifestyle but you’re not quite sure where to start, I always recommend taking a closer look at the products you put on your body.
This is how I see it: If we wouldn’t put something in your body by ingesting it, why would we put it on our skin, which is our largest organ? Choosing chemical-ridden skin products puts a load on our liver and damages our overall wellness, since our skin absorbs everything we put on it.
Sadly, the U.S. isn’t very strict on chemicals allowed in personal care products, unlike most of Europe. Currently in European countries, there are more than a thousand ingredients banned from their products. The U.S. bans under 50 chemicals, which means we have to be extra careful with what we buy and use.
Until U.S. lawmakers pass legislation that ensures personal care items are safe for our bodies, it’s so important to do your homework to ensure you’re not putting dangerous, potentially carcinogenic or hormone-disrupting chemicals in you and your family’s bodies.
To check out the safety of your existing products, you can download the Environmental Working Group app. Thousands of items, from makeup to face wash, are rated based on their ingredients, so you can better understand which products you may need to swap out for natural options. When you’re at the store purchasing new items, make sure to scan the barcode before buying so you know it’s safe!
There are also so many products you can whip up at home using wholesome ingredients you already have! We love this recipe for natural sunscreen, which includes natural-SPF and safe ingredients like coconut oil, zinc oxide, and beeswax! You can also add some essential oils for a natural fragrance. (Just make sure to avoid citrus oils, since they’re considered “hot” oils and can burn your skin!)
One more note: Many moms we talk to have told us their kiddos’ skin flares up with eczema with the use of store-bought sunscreen. If the same thing happens to your child after applying this natural sunscreen, come in and talk to us — there could be an underlying issue with your little one’s GI tract, like a food allergy or leaky gut. We’d be happy to address that with you in a nutritional consult.
As you soak up the last few weeks of the summer, we would love to see you! Click here to set up an appointment, or give us a call at 651-797-4822.