If you need a chemistry degree to figure out the ingredients on a label, then it’s probably not good for you. That goes for food, as seen with just about anything on the shelf within the perimeter of the grocery store, as well as the lesser thought about personal care products, which are probably even more burdensome. Personal care products are anything you put on your body. Things like deodorants, antiperspirants, cosmetics, female care products, shampoos, skin creams, perfumes, etc. When we slather these things on ourselves, it gets soaked up by the skin, and surreptitiously enters directly into our lymphatic and circulatory systems, depositing in internal organs and body fat. The increased burden to our body becomes clear when we realize that unlike the food we eat, the substances we apply topically completely bypass the filter we know as the liver. These substances can accumulate over time causing endocrine disruption (messes up your hormones), and many of these chemical compounds even have links to cancer.
Some of the worst offenders:
There is plenty more fun stuff where that came from. The point here is to be conscious about the products you are buying, and how you use them. Protecting our health is our job, not our doctors. All our actions have consequences. Take a small step towards a healthier you by using some of the resources below to check out the products you’re using currently. If they don’t pass the test, throw them away and get something better.