Autoimmune disease is the 8th leading cause of death among women and most people cannot name one autoimmune disease.
Why is this happening?
One of the reasons is that makeup and personal care products contain endocrine disruptors that interfere with our immune response. What are endocrine disruptors? An endocrine disruptor is a synthetic chemical that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupts the body’s normal functions. This disruption can happen through altering normal hormone levels, halting or stimulating the production of hormones, or changing the way hormones travel through the body, thus affecting the functions that these hormones control. Chemicals that are known human endocrine disruptors include diethylstilbesterol (the drug DES), dioxin, PCBs, DDT, and some other pesticides. Many chemicals, particularly pesticides and plasticizers, are suspected endocrine disruptors based on limited animal studies.
So not only are we bombarded with endocrine disruptors in our natural environment and our food, we are are also subject to them in personal care products that we use daily. Parabens are a good example of an endocrine disruptor. Propyl Paraben, which is found in food items, is also used in body wash, lotion, etc.
Consider this unsettling statistic: Did you know that just using make-up can add 5 pounds of chemicals into your body a year that are dangerous and a threat to your health? I’m not talking about the lotions, shampoo, deodorant and other personal care products; this is just what you put on your face! It may explain why women are dying of autoimmune diseases at a much higher rate than men; men tend not to use as much makeup. For a great discussion of the problems associated with cosmetics see this article by Mercola.
I bring all this to your attention, because this past year I made the switch to exclusively organic make-up, deodordant, shampoos and conditioners or brands that are safe. And much like when I made the switch to clean eating, the results are amazing. Here are some of my favorite products that I have discovered along the way:
HABA is a Japanese company that uses Squalane for most of it’s products. HABA’s products do not contain any parabens, artificial fragrance, mineral oil, artificial colourant and petro-chemical surfactants; ingredients that are likely to cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.I get my facial washes and oils, makeup, shampoo and conditioners and body lotions from this company.
Squalane is the more stable version of squalene, which comes from and is found in the liver of sharks, who have very high natural immunity. Although shark livers typically have some of the highest concentrations, many plants, including olives, avocados, rice bran, wheat germ, and some vegetable oils contain Squalene as well.
One of the most common uses for Squalene is in cosmetics. It is light, colorless, and odorless, and can almost immediately improve skin softness and smoothness without feeling heavy or greasy. It’s usually suitable for all skin types, and regular use is said to help fade fine wrinkles, prevent skin pigmentation, lighten freckles, and improve skin texture. It may be able to relieve eczema and some researchers have also speculated that it can regenerate skin cells. I absolutely love it!
Be aware, the instructions are in Japanese, but there’s always an illustration too! You should be able to figure it out!
Juice Beauty is another company I really like that makes great blushes and lipsticks. Bonus: all of their products are gluten free. Not many people realize that gluten can be found in lipstick, lipbalm, skin care and shampoos. Best of all, you can find Juice Beauty in big name stores, like Ulta and Sephora.
They also make skin care products, hair products and it turns out Gwenyth Paltrow is teaming up with Juice Beauty to develop a new line of “high performance makeup” with certified organic ingredients. Look for it in 2016.
They make the best body lotion.
It is kind of hard to rub on, (very thick) so I spray some MSM water from Dr. Ron’s on my body first and then add the lotion. Very healing and moisturizing. The MSM adds magnesium, which is very good for us. I really don’t think you can go wrong with any product from their line. If you read my blog you know I love their infrared hair dryer and their plant stem cell renewal complex.
The best thing that ever happened to my skin is the sun. After I began laying out in the sun again, my skin went back to being skin, instead of crepe. Moderation is the key, no burning! Just pinking!
Alba Organic Beauty Studio, Hyde Park, OH.
I go to an organic hair salon, Alba Organic Beauty Studio, here in Hyde Park, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. Love it, love them! Organic nail polish and hair products, even hair dye….awesome!
So as you can see, going organic in your beauty regimen can be beautiful and beneficial. No patchouli scented hippy’s here. There are so many amazing products out there now because consumers are demanding safe cosmetics and personal care products. And we should!
If you are curious about the current beauty/personal care products you use, I highly recommend taking a moment and using the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. You can search by product name or category. You may be surprised by the toxicity of the products you are currently using or you may discover you have a knack for choosing healthy beauty products. Either way, I encourage you to take a moment and find out.