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Take a closer look at ingredients in your products

March 11, 2013 0 comments Clean Beauty

As careful as I am, recently I bought and used a deodorant with Hops in it, as a celiac that is a very bad idea! Besides looking for personal allergies, there are many unacceptable ingredients in beauty & body products on the market. That includes parabens, polypropylene and polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates.

FACT: Preservatives are necessary in body care products, especially water-based products. Look for milder preservatives which have a lower likelihood of causing cosmetic-related allergies and sensitivities.

FACT: Surfactants are used for cleaning, degreasing, emulsifying, conditioning and creating foam. They also remove essential fatty acids and may be irritating to the skin. Look for gentler versions that omit the ingredients above (parabens, polypropylene and polyethylene glycols, sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates).

FACT: Fragrance is a component that most people enjoy, if naturally derived, it may have aromatherapy benefits. Look for fragrances that contain natural essential oils and components of natural essential oils.

FACT: The U.S. government does not require health studies or pre-market testing for personal care products.

FACT: There are many non-natural components and processes in most U.S. body care products. Even those labeled “natural” may contain harsh preservatives or ingredients with environmental concerns.

FACT: Sunscreen is recommended by experts, yet many chemical sunscreens have been shown to have questionable safety. The truly safe sunscreens physically screen the sun. So, if it goes on clear, check those ingredients!

FACT: There are ways to make your own shampoo, deodorant, room spray, house cleaners, etc. So, do not feel “stuck” paying for expensive products.

The information above was adapted from the Whole Foods website. Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage & Sunflower Market are all great places to start looking for natural alternatives.There are so many great & safe products out there to enjoy, happy hunting!

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