"Drop Dead Gorgeous. Beauty to Die For. Killer Smile."
I've always found these slogans rather odd. Dead, Die, Killer? Linked with our health, vitality and radiance?
most people aren't aware of is that almost all commercial skin
and hair products have toxic chemicals that disrupt and damage
our hormonal, immune and nervous systems, plus ironically
act as skin irritants that detrimentally affect our great skin
over time, so maybe these slogans aren't so odd after all.
I generally put gorgeous skin and hair together, because the basic principles for both of them (and nails, for that matter) are very similar.
"Having A Bad Hair Day?" is an article I've previously written, and is just a click away. Find out if you've been unknowingly washing your hair with a garage floor cleaner and an engine degreaser. Please read that article first and then come back to this one, as we're going to build on it.
why are you still here?
Now that you're back, let's take what you've learned about hair and apply it to skin.
Optimal Nutrition principles remain the same (the inside stuff), and the concept of what you put on your SCALP also applies to what you put on your SKIN (the outside stuff).
Go have a look at the ingredient list of what's in your skincare products. Yes, right now. Grab your moisturizer or cleanser and look at the fine print on the back, the full list of ingredients. Aarrgghh!
We talked about this in the Hair article. When you look at an ingredient list of a product going on your body, please ask yourself: "Would I EAT these ingredients?" If the answer is NO, then it has no business going on your skin.
If you've already read my free eReport, I've given you a starter list of ingredients to watch out for in your personal care products, and why they are harmful and ironically speeding up your aging process. If you haven't read this invaluable eReport, it's a easy read and has some great tips on slowing your cellular aging and even repairing some of the previous damage. If you don't have it, just send me an EMAIL with "eReport" in the subject line and I'll gladly send it to you.
Most skincare products are actually messing with your skin!
Have you ever wondered, when you try a new skincare line and it seems to work at the beginning, why it stops working after a few months? Or why annoying little mystery skin problems crop up? Or why you suddenly want a nap in the middle of the afternoon? Or why you want to rip your husband's face off when you get your monthly cycle?
OK, there's more than one factor involved. But who would suspect your BEAUTY products might be contributing to this?
As just one example, when you start reading ingredient labels, it's highly likely you're going to see at least one Paraben listed in your skincare (eg, Parabens, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, etc).
Parabens show endocrine (hormone) disruption at low doses, neurotoxic effects in moderate doses, are a potential carcinogen, and a skin irritant.
How crazy-making is that?
We use our personal care products every single day, and through their usage will absorb an ingrededient every day that can disrupt hormones, aggravate the nervous system, irritate the skin, and allow other chemicals to penetrate deeper. This is just bizarre to me.
It's also an area of great controversy, and I have no problem wading in and stirring the pot when it comes to your Health & Happiness. That's what I'm here for! This has been such an unregulated industry, and slow to change.
But rest assured that it IS changing - and this is about awareness, with the option for simple healthier choices that will have you looking and feeling more fabulous than ever. Keep reading, because I've got some easy and powerful guidelines for you to follow.
Remember, I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's NOT about a one-time application of these ingredients. Think about it. Every single day you use some combination of shampoo, conditioner, gel, hairspray, facial cleanser, toner, moisturizer, body cream, soap, deodorant, toothpaste ... and ALL of them (unless you're already buying all-natural products) have ingredients that are likely compromising your optimal health and energy. This doesn't even count cosmetics and fragrances.
Products that are supposed to be helping you be healthier and more beautiful. The sheer illogic of it drives me a bit nuts sometimes.
First, don't just take my word for it. There's a fabulous resource available to you from EWG at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
EWG is a non-profit research organization out of Washington, DC, focused on safeguarding public health. Their Skin Deep report allows you to do a search on any ingredient, product or brand for skincare, haircare, etc. and get the scoop on how healthy (or not) it is.
EWG is about as UNBIASED as it gets. They have nothing to lose OR gain from giving you the straight goods. Their research has already sparked some much-needed change, and as they state:
Visit the site and judge for yourself.
Looking and Feeling Fabulous, for Healthy Happy Luscious Living.
On a personal note, I will add that back when my health and appearance were a mess and I was told I had an incurable eye disease that was going to leave me blind, one of the steps I took was Optimal Nutrition and switching to natural personal care products (including delicious skincare with rejuvenating essential oils). Not only have these simple steps helped transform my own health and happiness, and shaved years off my appearance, but they have profoundly impacted all the clients I work with as well.
The bullet-point Summary of my recommendations for a Radiance:
Remember, your cells are turning over about every 6 weeks. If you make these changes NOW from both the inside (optimal nutrition, go HERE) and outside (all-natural personal care products), you can expect to see significant changes in just over a month. And the results are cumulative over time.
What great news that you can so easily make healthier and safer choices for you and your family, while looking and feeling fabulous in the process.
To your energized and empowered living,
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