Is your sunscreen making your butt big or driving a disease process in your body causing cancer, even infertility?
All kidding aside, this is a very serious topic-as a consumer you need to be well informed and educated about the ingredients that are lurking in your bathroom and cosmetic bag. Chances are you are using products that are extremely toxic and dangerous for your overall health.
An often VERY overlooked aspect of health and wellness is the safety and purity of your personal care products, sunscreen and cosmetics.
As part of my health coaching program, we dedicate a session to overhauling personal care products and replacing them with clean and natural products that don't disrupt the hormonal balance in the body or drive the disease process. Many of the ingredients in these products are considered endocrine system disruptors- Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife.
What we put onto our skin, teeth and hair gets absorbed transdermally into the body-this is when things get hairy.
My clients are alarmed after investigating their own personal care products and seeing first hand how dangerous they are. Let's take a common brand such as Neutrogena; their SkinClearing Mineral Powder has a high developmental & reproductive toxicity rating and high concerns for biochemical and cellular level changes, along with endocrine system disruption.
Now that you now this, would you even consider even putting these chemicals on your skin knowing they drive the disease process?
With summer here, it's important to keep you and your loved ones protected from the sun, but make sure you are using using toxic free sunscreen to keep the entire family healthy.
Here's the Environmental Working Groups WORST & BEST Sunscreens for Summer! Please take this list seriously, your health depends on it.
I'd also like for you consider how you can decrease your photo-sensitivity in the sun as well.
Sure, some skin types are at higher risk for burning, however diet and lifestyle play key roles in protecting the skin too. A diet high in sugar and low in antioxidants will increasing your risk of burning, while a diet high in antioxidants (fruits and vegetables) decrease your risk for burning. Also consider that certain medications also increase your risk of burning too, so please be aware of any possible side effects of your current medications.
Eating Your Veggies Helps Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage
The amount of antioxidants you get from your diet actually plays a major role in how you effectively avoid sunburn. The more antioxidants you have in your skin, the lower your risk of getting burned. They act as an internal type of sunscreen and allow you to maximize your sun exposure while minimizing the risks. Carotenoids, for instance, are critical to the photosynthetic process and protect a plant or organism from damage by light and oxygen.
By consuming plants or organisms that contain these pigments, you gain a similar protective benefit. Vitamins A and C are also important – your cells use them to regulate both light absorption and protection against sun overexposure. Besides astaxanthin, which is taken as a supplement, dietary sources of effective antioxidants include whole fresh vegetables and fruits such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Although the exact pathway by which antioxidants help protect your skin from burning has yet to be elucidated, it's most likely related to the antioxidants' anti-inflammatory properties, as sunburn is actually an inflammatory process.
Knowledge is power, so please take a look at your personal care products and check their environmental ratings on skindeep.org
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- With the skin being the largest organ, the products that you use for make-up and personal care are absorbed through the skin and then into the bloodstream transdermally. By limiting your exposure to these products or eliminating them all together, you’ll reduce your toxic load which will help increase your overall immunity to prevent disease and ultimately transform your health. In this 90 minute session, we will audit your make-up and personal care products as I educate you about the harmful ingredients that are potentially harming your health, reproductive and hormonal systems. I’ll then give your my personal recommendations based on your budget and personal needs to help you create a personal care & skincare regimen that is healthy, simple and affordable.