Could your beauty routine be poisoning your body?

·       In the 1960's, 1 in 20 women were diagnosed with breast cancer; in 2016, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed.
·       Today, 1 in 6 children are affected by developmental disabilities in the US.
·       Childhood cancers have increased by 20% since 1975.
·       2 men and 1 in 3 women in the US will be diagnosed with cancer.

Statistics show that modern Americans are sicker than we were only 50 years ago, and many health professionals agree that a major contributing factor to the nation’s increasingly poor health is exposure to toxic chemicals. Companies are knowingly using chemicals that are proven carcinogens and hormone disrupters in their products, and since the FDA isn’t in control of regulating the beauty items sold in stores, it’s all too easy for harmful brands to find their way into our homes and onto our bodies. It's up to us to quit supporting these major companies and find safe and effective products.

I'm on a mission to research healthy and safe products to use on myself and my daughter. I've done extensive research, and instead of boring you with all the details, I'll list a few of the harmful ingredients found lurking in our everyday beauty routine: formaldehyde, lead, mercury, talc, triclosan, bismuth oxychloride, phenoxyethanol, coal tar, acrylics, mineral oil, sodium laurel sulfate, phylates, silicon, petroleum and the list goes on. Not only are these endocrine-disrupting ingredients known to cause cancer, but they can also lead to organ toxicity, asthma, birth defects, reproductive problems and developmental delays.

One way dangerous chemicals access our bodies is through our skin. Within a few seconds of application, our skin absorbs up to 64% of what we put on it into our bloodstreams. From washing our hands or applying sunscreen at the beach to bathing, we are constantly absorbing (not to mention breathing or swallowing!) these harmful ingredients. What we put on our skin matters! Take a moment to check out the toxicity level in the products you're using at EWG.com/skindeep. It's important that we educate ourselves to minimize our exposure to these toxic chemicals.

The good news is that there are many awesome products with low to no toxicity. They aren't as well-known, but it's my mission to educate myself, share my research and findings, and bring awareness to those around me on the most effective natural products. Follow us as we transition to a healthy lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite natural products?