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Balancing Act: Lighten Your Toxic Load, From The Inside Out

Do You Know What's in Your Everyday Beauty + Skincare + Home Products? (We do, and It's Kind-of Scary!)

The Scoop There are thousands of chemicals in our micro environment and in the everyday products we use.  These products are largely unregulated.  Some of the biggest chemical offenders (hormone disruptors, carcinogens, irritants, immunotoxins, and nuerotoxins) are in everyday beauty, body, and home products, and your skin (like a sponge) on average absorbs up to 64% of what we put on it….that includes those nasty chemical offenders! UH – OH! Research has shown, that a majority of these chemical offenders enter your bloodstream within seconds of being applied.  Research has even identified these chemical offenders in umbilical cords’ of newborn babies.  (“Risks when absorbed through skin: Parabens create mutations in mammal cells, Dr. Benest says. Even at low doses, parabens commonly found in body lotions can trigger more rapid growth in some types of breast cancer cells, according to a researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, in a study published in October 2015 online in Environmental Health Perspectives.” [1] ).  The worst – we know!

The Pure Truth Carcinogens cause cancer, irritants cause inflammation and irritation, toxins cause toxic burden, and endocrine disruptors cause molecular changes.  Research shows that reducing our low dose and daily exposure to these ‘bad actors’ reduces our risks for cancer, autoimmune and everything mentioned above.   At Switch2Pure, we believe that even small changes make a HUGE impact! 

Are My Current Products Safe? (Brace Yourself for This One)

The Scoop The cosmetic, skincare, and home product industry is a large one! Commonly sold cosmetics, moisturizer, lotions, shampoos, soaps and personal products aren’t regulated by the federal government and very often contain ingredients that are banned in many other countries! Many Americans assume that because something is “for sale” it must be safe.  They couldn’t more WRONG!

The Pure Truth Just because it is for sale, marketed or even labeled natural doesn’t mean it is safe!  If a shopper doesn’t literally carry around a chemistry cheat sheet, it is nearly impossible to determine which of the products are safe + pure + non-toxic.  PSSSST….That’s why we are here – the trusted source!  “Unfortunately, experts say, deciphering the labels of personal and household products isn't as simple as selecting organic produce. There's no standard, enforceable definition of a "non-toxic" or "environmentally friendly" household cleaner, says Urvashi Rangan, senior scientist and policy analyst at Consumers Union. Such terms don't provide consumers with any real guarantees about products' ingredients, she says.”[2]

As we discussed last week...."Aluminum temporary plugs the sweat ducts and stops the flow of sweat (toxins). Some research suggests that aluminum, applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that theIf You Are Asking Why You

Had No Idea? 

The Scoop Manufacturers are not required to provide clear and transparent ingredients labels. And only 11 ingredients have been banned for use by consumers in the good ole U. S. of A.  Other countries like England, France, and Australia have banned over a thousand ingredients, because, well, they are toxic.  So, as Americans, we all continue to shop assuming that the products on the aisles are all "good for us”. 

The Pure Truth We understand this industry can be confusing!  Literally, you are are left to wade thru long and complicated ingredient lists to find safer products!  Marketing buzz words, advertising campaigns and lack of transparency keep you buying products that actually can be harmful!   Our research-backed team is here to help! #SaferMadeSimple #SaferStraightToYourDoor!

We've Rid Ourselves of Chemically Offensive Products and Now We Want to Help You!

In addition to helping you Switch2Pure by providing expansive and purposeful product offerings that are pure, natural, nontoxic, cruelty free, we hope to be a source of light and encouragement by indulging you with information and being a community of support.  We feel confident that this blog #ThePureTruth will help you #MakeTheSwitch. 

Top Ten Things to Avoid in Products (for more expansive list head to our Purist List):

  1. Synthetic Colors
  2. Fragrance
  3. Pthalates
  4. Tricolosan
  5. Sodium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
  6. Formaldehyde
  7. Toluene
  8. Propylene Glycol
  9. Quats

Top Ten Things to Do Today: Switch these 10 items for you and your family (especially your children):

  1. Deodorant
  2. Toothpaste
  3. Nail Polish
  4. Eye Shadow
  5. Mascara
  6. Lipstick/gloss
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Shampoo
  9. Body Wash
  10. Body Lotion

 

[1] http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/skin/articles/most_wanted_skin_care_ingredients.aspx#sthash.R9o5fCVF.dpuf

[2] https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/cosmetics-household-cleaning-products-endocrine-disruptor-wont-be-label