A recent study done showed that the average woman wears over 500 chemicals on her body every day. Daily, women douse themselves with perfume, moisturizer, lotion, and a wide variety of cosmetics that combined together contain hundreds of chemicals.
Although I am seeing that way more women are becoming aware of what they put in or on their bodies, most women (said the study) were completely oblivious to the number of chemicals they were putting on.
Do you know how many you wear?
Not all of the chemicals in personal care products are bad, but there are a significant amount of commonly used ingredients that you should be aware of because they may pose a threat to your health.
Here is a list of some that you may want to avoid: “parabens” (Methyl-, ethyl-, propyl- and butyl-parabens), coal tar colors (FD&C Blue 1, Green 3, Yellow 5 & 6; D&C Red 33), Diethanolamine (cocamide, DEA, TEA and MEA are related ingredients that can be contaminated with DEA), Nonoxynol or nonylphenol ethoxylate, phthalates (can be listed as DEHP, DHP, or DBP5 or hidden in “fragrance”), DMDM hydantoin, triclosan, sodum lauryl and laureth sulfates, toluene, formaldehyde, PEGs, and anything with “glycol” or “methyl.” You can learn more about these chemicals and find safer product choices by visiting this informative web site; http://www.ewg.org
Granted it may be challenging to eliminate everything on the list so start slowly. You may want to begin by simply trying to change one product at a time. I started by eliminating toothpaste with sodum lauryl sulfate. Next I opted for lip balm without any parabens. Gradually phase out products that are not as healthy, and actually, over time you will be greatly adding to your overall health.