Do you have toxins in your body? If you don’t you don’t live on this planet, as toxins have been found in members of even the most remote tribes.
One source of toxins in your body is the skin care products we all use and I am a long time advocate of using only the purest products. So when I saw a full page ad in the February issue of Yoga Journal for Avon’s Breast Cancer Walk it got my attention.
Yoga Journal comes to me courtesy of a gift from my brother-in-law every year at Christmas. This is a great magazine, and I always look forward to its content. I also don’t have anything against raising money for a cause. However, it’s a little ironic that Avon, on the one hand raises money for what they call cutting edge research to save lives affected by breast cancer, and on the other manufactures products that are loaded with toxins some of which are know carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. It is also disappointing that Yoga Journal would be featuring them this way.
When I saw the ad I headed over to the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database. If you follow the link to the Avon page you will find reference to some of the following toxic ingredients in their products which are rated as high hazard:
- Two varieties of parabens which are known to disrupt your endocrine system. Also known as xenoestrogens, parabens mimic the impact of estrogen in your body…and estrogen promotes cancer including breast cancer.
- Titanium dioxide. Cancer causing and related to organ system toxicity.
- Fragrance. Associated with organ system toxicity and allergies.
- Retinol and retinyl palmitate. Cancer and organ system toxicity.
These are just a few of the worst ingredients. There are many more that are moderately toxic, and some that are considered low hazard.
The question is, why use any hazardous materials at all? There are plenty of non-toxic options and companies that successfully manufacture them. You can find a link to many safe companies at the EWG website.
Beware even of products that are only mildly or moderately toxic; they probably are not the only ones you use. Most women use lots of skin care products including cleansers and make up removers, skin hydration products, foundation, eye make up of all varieties and types, mascara, nail polish, shower gels, hair products of all kinds…shampoos, conditioners, mousses, sprays, on and on and on. Men use their share as well.
It doesn’t take much to figure out that using a lot of low hazard products can add up to a high hazard day with lots of toxins in your body. Ingredients that get stored in fat so they stay around for a long time are especially hazardous….and there are plenty of these.
That’s just the personal side of the equation. Consider the manufacturing plants where these products are made where the ingredients are stored and used and discarded back into the environment impacting all of us.
So if Avon, along with many other companies, produces hazardous products why are they still in business? Obviously it is because consumers keep them there by purchasing their products, apparently oblivious to toxins in their bodies, and because magazines accept their ad dollars giving them a bigger platform from which to promote themselves.
How can you avoid toxins in your body? Here are some suggestions:
- Read labels carefully. If you have any doubts about which products are toxic, consult the EWG website. There are products such as Awareskin which I use (and with which I have an affiliate relationship) that are small companies and have not gone through the procedures to get themselves on the list. In the case of this particular company I am very familiar with the products and the ingredients and know the owners personally so can say with confidence that they are one of the purist options out there. I’m sure there are others…just read the labels before you use them.
- Keep a list of non-toxic products and only buy products that you know to be safe.
- Look carefully at the products you use and have stored in your house and discard any that are toxic. You may be very surprised at the number of toxins now lurking in your bathroom.
- Share your experience with these products on social media so others learn about them and about your concern for your own wellness and that of the planet.
How careful are you about reading labels? Have you stopped using products because you didn’t trust the ingredients to be safe? Share your experience.