Ever thought about what you may be feeding your skin on a daily basis? The above picture says it all. I saw it a few months back and it has stuck in my mind ever since. I always loved receiving beauty products as gifts from loved ones, but since being diagnosed with breast cancer, one of my strategies to minimising recurrence is to be more mindful about what I’m feeding my skin on a daily basis. Not for one minute did I stop to think what might be in these products that may be doing me harm.
After all, why should I be mindful about what I put on my skin daily, surely the Companies that produce these products would ensure that their products are 100% safe? The truth is that most of the time, their profits are their first priority and the health of the consumer of their product may be a dismal last priority.
It is fact that the average woman exposes her body to at least 515 chemicals on a daily basis as part of a beauty regime and we do this without a second thought (this excludes environmental toxins). Every wondered why you hear more and more stories these days about woman not being able to conceive, periods being irregular, moodiness etc? This is partly due to the fact that our hormones are being disrupted daily due to all the artificial chemicals that we ingest either through our skin or from what we eat. Yes to a certain extent our immune systems should be able to deal with some of the rubbish we ingest, “some” being the operative word…what happens to the rest?
Breast cancers are on the rise and you can expect that 1 out of the 9 woman that you know will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s a pretty sad statistic. The good news is that one of the many ways you can help PREVENT yourself from being one of the breast cancer statistics, is to clean up your beauty regime. Research suggests that many of the chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis could be a contributing factor to cancer. Don’t feel that the only way you can stop yourself from being diagnosed with any type cancer is to just wait until it happens or just have a mammogram annually. There are many things you can do to minimise your chances of becoming a cancer statistic, one of them is being mindful about what you put onto your skin daily.
Don’t be like I used to be. I chose not to take responsibility for what went onto my skin daily and thought to myself “I’ll be alright”…as it turned out, I wasn’t “alright”. You are much better off preventing disease rather than trying to cure it once it has happened. YOU are the one that has to take responsibility for your own health because no one else will. I’m not saying go and throw every single beauty product out of your bathroom cupboard right now, I just want you to be more mindful the next time your moisturizer runs out that there are better choices out there…choices that are kinder to your body and gives it a break so that your body can get on with the important stuff like making babies!
Here is a great database which lists approximately 79,000 personal care products and ranks them according to their toxicity. The more toxic and chemically laden a product may be, the higher the score is. You should be looking for a score between 0 – 2 when searching for the least harmful beauty product available. Have a bit of fun and type in a couple of your own beauty products and see what they contain…you may be surprised. Take a look on the left hand side of the website (especially if you have/have had breast cancer) and click on ‘pink ribbon cosmetics’ and educate yourself on ‘pinkwashing’ and how this affects breast cancer.
I walked into LushNZ last week and was impressed by what they believe in and what the Company’s philosophies are. They are in over 45 countries so chances are there is a Lush outlet near you. Here are some of their beliefs which I love:-
- In making effective products from fresh* organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.
- We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in teting our products on humans.
- We invent our own products and fragrances, we make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients and tell you when they were made.
Remember that YOU have the last say as to what goes onto your body daily, so take some responsibility, educate yourself and give your body the ‘vacation’ that it requires!