What's Really In Your Make-up?

As a health coach who helps people heal their gut, I start with the food, then move to the less obvious things (mentality, stress, sleep, etc.) I usually finish up with the chemicals in our environment. Sometimes I get funny looks and comments because of what I have to say about this…some may say it’s too extreme, especially if you are a person of convenience. Being one to never care what anyone thinks about me, I am here to share this information so that people can make the best decisions for themselves, and in all honesty, it’s something that needs quite a bit of discussion, because we are sold products that are meant for everyday use, that can be damaging our bodies more than we know or realize.

This post may apply mostly to women, and some men who may take care of them selves a little more than your average joe. Who has struggled with skin break outs, adult acne, hormonal skin issues, wrinkles, bags under the eyes, thinning brows and lashes? I know I have, and I used to search for the BEST products to reduce whatever it was I was dealing with. Some of them definitely helped! Others did not… but regardless of the outcome, there are some sneaky ingredients in these products that can not only make your skin worse, but have even been linked to skin irritation, nausea, cancer, endocrine (hormonal) disruptions, and recently, changes in your gut flora. These ingredients are present in shampoo, conditioner, lotions, foundation, blush, etc. Basically everything you use to get ready and make yourself feel pretty.

Most companies have to get FDA approval to use these ingredients, so the general populous thinks they are regulated, and must be safe. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The FDA approves all the junk that goes into our foods, and the drugs that big Pharma produces, so I think it’s safe to say they do a subpar job of protecting us from harmful chemicals in our products. We won’t get into WHY they’re so terrible at it (conversation for another day) but we can discuss what we can do. After all, we can really only control ourselves, and as consumers, we influence the buying trends, so as with most things, change starts with us! My part, is being able to share this information so that my girls out there can make better informed purchasing decisions when it comes to their skin care and hygienic needs. Maybe you don’t care, or maybe you just can’t give up your NARS Orgasm Blush (I feel you, girl.) but I hope to plant some seeds so that us ladies can consciously know what we’re putting on our beautiful faces!

My favorite products? One was the aforementioned NARS blush & bronzer, the rest included Bobbi Brown foundations, Mac eye make up, etc. I won’t go into each one, but from my make up to my daily moisturizers, I was putting parabens, PEGs (those little scrubbing beads), synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates (nail polishes), formaldehyde, etc. directly into my blood stream on a daily basis. Part of me knew and didn’t care. Which is why this was the last thing that ended up changing on my journey to health. Plus part of me can easily justify using them because the other parts of my life are so healthy right?? Ehh, kinda.

Check out some of the ingredients in products and the affects they have on your body:

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Some things I have personally struggled with are imbalanced hormones that cause acne and ovarian cysts, poor digestion, dull complexion, and constantly getting sick. Almost ALL of these improved when I switched to natural alternatives paired with a plant-based diet. I only wash my face & body with Dr. Bronner’s I also to use it for every day cleaning and scrubbing that needs to be done. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, which also happens to be naturally antibacterial, antifungal etc. and recently switched to an all natural toothpaste. On top of my personally common ailments improving, I also noticed my immunity boost. I say this a lot because it makes me so happy: I never get sick. I don’t get colds, stomach bugs, or seasonal allergies anymore. I hardly ever have a stuffy nose, and it only runs when I’m outside on a cold day.

If you’re taking steps to heal your gut, consider eliminating some of these toxic chemicals from your home. It is impossible to avoid everything, but now that you know, it will be hard to forget. So I’ll leave you with this: always do your research, stay educated, and check the ingredients of the things you put in, on, and around your body. EWG.org has a great resource for checking ingredients in your beauty products. When your old, chemical-laden foundation or deodorant runs out, consider replacing it with a natural alternative.