For me, having children was the catalyst to wanting to live a healthier, toxic-free life. I started with REAL FOOD and continued my journey by eliminating toxic chemicals from my home.
Over the past 6 years, I spent a lot of time and money learning about REAL FOOD and how to live TOXIC FREE. I stand here today to tell you that you CAN make a change and choose a healthier life for you and your family. I did and Young Living essential oils and products are making it even easier for me to maintain this lifestyle.
I used to believe that if something was able to be sold in a store, it had to be safe, right? Then I became more informed. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW to learn about how to use truly natural skin care products to achieve a beautiful, clear complexion.
I attended the Young Living Beauty School! Watch a recorded LIVESTREAM replay of Beauty School hosted by Kelly from The Crunchy Homemaker and me!
Also, check out this NEW Beauty School video with Aubrey Apostle and I:
COMING UP: DIY BEAUTY PRODUCTS!
The following is my “Not So Fun” list of things I have I’ve learned:
SHAMPOOS, SOAPS, CONDITIONERS, CLEANSERS AND TOOTHPASTES:
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – found in over 90% of personal care products, shampoos, soaps, conditioners, cleansers and toothpastes. It is BANNED in Europe and Canada. It causes hair loss, cataracts, rashes. It affects the brain, heart, and liver
- Formaldehyde – the #1 carcinogen (linked to cancer) and it is an ingredient in most air fresheners.
- Aluminum – in most antiperspirants and is linked to breast cancer in women.
- Lead – New FDA study found lead in 400 lipsticks tested by the agency, at widely varying levels of up to 7.19 parts per million—more than twice the levels reported in a previous FDA study.
- Chemicals like Diethanolamine (linked to liver and kidney tumors) and Quaternium-15 (releases formaldehyde) are found in laundry detergents.
COSMETICS AND SKINCARE
- In the US major loopholes in federal law allow the cosmetics industry to put thousands ofsynthetic chemicals into personal care products even if those chemicals are linked to cancer, infertility or birth defects. At the same time as untested chemicals have been steadily introduced into our environment, breast cancer incidence has risen dramatically.
- Only 11% of 10,500 chemicals in cosmetics have been tested for safety.
- Safe Cosmetics reports that there are NO LEGAL STANDARDS for organic or natural personal care products sold in the United States. One top-selling shampoo in the US offers an “organic experience”—it contains more than a DOZEN synthetic petrochemicals!
- 1,4-Dioxane is a carcinogen (hidden in ingredients such as PEG, polysorbates, laureth, ethoxylated alcohols) and a by-product of the cancer-causing petrochemical Ethylene Oxide. The California EPA lists it as a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant and respiratory toxicant. . Check the ingredients on your products!
- Ethylene Oxide – found in cosmetics, shampoos, also used to sterilize surgical instruments. It is a know human carcinogen linked to cancer.
- By the time a woman has spritzed and sprayed in her daily ritual, she has exposed herself to more than 200 synthetic chemicals before breakfast.
- The average woman absorbs 5 lbs of make-up chemicals PER YEAR.
- Parabens – implicated with cancer because of their hormone-disrupting qualities and traces of them have been found in breast tumor samples.
- Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum coat the skin like plastic—clogging pores and creating a build-up of toxins. They slow cellular development creating earlier signs of aging. They disrupt hormonal activity.
- Some facial cleansers use the same chemicals used to scour garage floors.
- Triclosan – an antibacterial compound often found in mouthwash, toothpaste, handsanitizers, soaps, cosmetics, deodorants and other personal care products. The US EPA classifies it as a probable human carcinogen. It is a hormone disruptor—mimics hormones. Overuse of this PESTICIDE, contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria (aka “super bugs”).
It is time to take control of what you are exposing yourself and your family to and BE YOUR OWN WELLNESS ADVOCATE!
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