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Saturday, November 13, 2010

[AlternativeAnswers] Clean Up Your Body Care Routine


Get Toxic Body Care Products out of your Home

Many of us believe that the U.S. government regulates personal care
products for safety, long-term health impacts or environmental damage.

Unfortunately, that's just not the case. Many common, popular body care
products have ingredients that are harmful to both people and the
environment. These toxic ingredients are even found in items like baby

So just how harmful are they?

Many popular kinds of shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, moisturizer,
makeup, body wash, perfume, and other items that are part of our daily
routine have ingredients in them that are now known to cause (or
strongly suspected to cause) cancer, organ damage, hormone imbalance,
fertility issues, allergies, skin irritations, and more.

More info here: Personal Care Ingredients

These products are overwhelming our immune systems and making us
unhealthy. Using safe, natural products is the only way to go.

But it's not that easy.

Manufacturers are recognizing growing consumer concern. Instead of
responding with safer products, they are focusing on marketing the same
old products as more natural.

They use many dirty labeling tricks. A couple of examples:

They'll add a tiny amount of an herbal extract or aloe and say it's
"made with natural ingredients."

Or they'll call their product organic even though no organic ingredients
are actually present (or there's just a minuscule amount).

How can they get away with such deception?

Read more about natural body care
at my site as well as this very informative video found at the link

The Story of Cosmetics <http://storyofstuff.org/cosmetics>

It's obvious now that the cosmetic industry has not had our best
interest at heart. Not the biggest surprise, I know, but still...

The cosmetic industry has known these things for many years, yet they
still have not moved toward safer, more natural products.

Many European governments have had enough, and have strict regulations
about what can and cannot be put in our body care products. The
European Union has banned over 1,000 different chemicals.

So what about the U.S.?

Not surprisingly, the U.S. government is lagging behind - letting the
industry regulate itself. Last I checked (not that long ago) we had
banned only eight chemicals used in personal care. Yes, eight. As in
less than 1% of what Europe has already considered too toxic.

The fact is that, in the U.S., any company can add any ingredient to any
body care product. The same company decides if it is safe and how to
label it. The same company does not have to report any cosmetic-related
injuries to the FDA and does not have to recall it if it has been found
to cause injuries.

You can see the problem with this, right?

More info on this here: Safe Cosmetics

Many of us do not realize that choosing safe cosmetics is more important
than eating organic foods.

This is simply because toxic pesticides found on produce are generally
at low levels.

But your shampoo more than likely has harmful ingredients as part of the
main formula....

So please take a little time to educate yourself about what you are
putting on your body on a daily basis.

A good resource for this is Skin Deep <http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com>
brought to you by Environmental Working Group (a non-profit,
consumer-funded organization).

The above site allows you to look up your favorite products for free. It
also offers safer, more natural alternatives.

Although, honestly, sometimes the more natural alternatives just don't
work. Or they don't work as well as their synthetic competitors.

So I have been on a mission to find the best, most natural, least toxic
products for personal care. Yes, products that actually work.

After a year of searching around and using myself and my husband as
guinea pigs, here is what I found.

Non-Toxic Cosmetics
> that Work.

Dr. Bronner's comes out on top for most body care needs.

For deodorant, the Body Crystal simply cannot be beat.

And for makeup, Afterglow Cosmetics is still the best I have found.
I've actually been using their products for over three years now.

You can find more information on the link above.

I hope that this information has been useful to you.

For questions feel free to contact me
<http://www.how-to-boost-your-immune-system.com/contact.html> .

Wishing you the best of health!

Melissa Makris

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