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  • Genevieve Short

Choose wisely...the importance of "clean" skin care products

Updated: Jun 30, 2019

More and more people "get it" today when it comes to the effects of diet and nutrition on the body. But many are not aware of the toxicity of the products that we use on our skin, on our hair, the perfumes (scents) we spray or dab on to smell good, and even the toothpaste we use.

Everything we put ON our bodies ends up IN our bodies. Creams, oils, lotions and potions penetrate the skin and end up in the bloodstream. There's not just the harm it does once these chemicals are in the body, but as some of you have probably experienced, the rashes and skin problems some commercial products can cause on the surface of the skin.

Another area where these products are problematic is in our environment. The chemicals from shampoo and body lotions ends up washing down the drain when we shower and all these chemicals end up in our water supply.

The only way to avoid the dangers that these chemical-filled products can cause to your health is to avoid them altogether and switch to all natural or organic products (with minimal ingredients).

A general rule of thumb that I have when it comes to selecting "clean" products is this: the fewer ingredients the better. This is the same as when I'm buying any packaged food product.

So, you're probably wondering how to go about selecting clean products when you're staring at rows and rows of choices with no idea where to start. With new products coming out all the time it can be daunting trying to figure out what to buy. To make the process a little easier here a few things to look for:

- the less ingredients the better

- avoid products that have a lot of ingredients that you can't pronounce

- avoid all products containing parabens, sodium lauryl or laureth sulfates

- avoid scents (fragrances) that are not from essential oils

- avoid toothpaste with fluoride

Enjoy radiant, healthy skin on the outside and a clean body inside, with benefits to the environment as an extra bonus!

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