On average, women in North America use 12 personal care products per day. It is easy to assume that these personal care products are all safe to use in any amount.
It is also easy to take for granted the health of our home environment. However, poor ventilation and air quality in homes can be the cause of headaches, dizziness, nose or throat irritation, dry cough, dry or itching skin, and many more problems. Using chemical cleaning products to tackle the issue of dirt and dust in our homes further compounds the problem.
Our bodies absorb the ingredients in our personal care products and the chemicals we surround ourselves with in our home environment. When we absorb these chemicals, our system reacts with inflammation and increases its production of free radicals.
This increases our likelihood of developing chronic health problems.
Today we are going to share some simple actions that you can take in your daily life to reduce your exposure to these exogenous toxins in your environment.
Tips to Reduce Toxins in Your Personal Care Products
You can reduce your body’s exposure to toxins in your personal care products by making educated purchases.
Hair products containing alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, paraben, phthalate or other petrochemicals are all problematic.
Parabens, for example, act as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic products. Parabens absorb into our skin and have estrogen-mimicking properties which can increase our risk of breast cancer.
Phthalates are another example of problems lurking in your personal care products. They are a group of chemicals used to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. They appear in our nail polish, perfumes and lotions, as well as hair spray. They are endocrine disruptors and have been linked to reproductive birth defects in males and females.
It is also important to avoid fragrances. The fragrance mixes in some of our personal care products cause allergies, dermatitis, respiratory effects, and potential effects on the reproductive system.
Consider purchasing your makeup and skin creams from health food stores and try to find a hair salon offering more natural products. Read the label before purchasing a new product and refer to the Environmental Working Group’s handy resources on safer personal care products.
Tips to Reduce Toxins in Your Home
Modern homes aim to reduce energy loss for heating and cooling purposes. This often means that they are not very well ventilated. When we do our spring cleaning to get rid of the dust and dirt, it is important to avoid overusing cleaning products.
Cleaning products are full of chemicals which our bodies will absorb. Disinfectants, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, floor wax, and more all have harmful chemicals. Even air fresheners can be problematic for our bodies!
Replace these cleaning products with non-toxic household cleaning agents such as baking soda, white distilled vinegar, or tea tree oil.
It is also important to change your home’s air filters often and consider purchasing an air purification system to help prevent the build-up of stale air in the home.
We are so excited to be hosting the 10th Annual KW Cleanse kick-off event on Tuesday April 24th. Consider joining us to learn more about natural, healthy products available for your personal care regime and home!