Hello and welcome back to my blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thoughts and let me tell you, this particular post has been in the back of my head for many months.
Last year I started to really wonder how many products I used on a daily basis, not only on myself, but my daughter. The products I were using on her claimed to be ‘Gentle’, ‘Sensitive’ and ‘Safe’ to use on my baby. I searched for products with these words, believing what they said on the packaging.
Then I started to wonder how safe the products I was using were on me? Surely I matter too and my skin is just as important as my daughters.
Over the last year I have learned a lot. I don’t just assume anymore that brands tell you the truth. Sensitive, doesn’t always mean safe.
On Thursday I kept a list of products that I use on a daily basis and I encourage you to do the same.
It takes 26 seconds for chemicals in personal care products to get absorbed into our blood stream. This can affect our weight, metabolism, digestive health and chronic diseases.
Our skin is our largest organ and because it is porous, it absorbs whatever we put onto it. So what did I put onto my skin on Thursday?
Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, tan, toothpaste, deodorant, hand soap, hand sanitiser (numerous times), cleanser, serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation, concealer, setting powder, blush, bronzer, mascara, highlight, lipstick, purfume, nail polish, baby products that also absorbed into my blood stream – body wash, body lotion, nappy cream (numerous times), night cleanser, serum, mask, night cream and eye cream.
Cleaning products I used include: fairy liquid, bleach, air freshners, disinfectant spray and floor cleaner.
Did you know that women put on average 168 chemicals into their bodies each day?
When I really thought about the smoke I breathed in walking past others smoking, pollution from traffic, let alone candles I light in the house, I began to realise that what I put on my skin and used in my house was equally affecting my health as much as my diet.
Over the past six months I have made a huge effort to replace products with brands that are pure, safe and beneficial to me and my family.
The next products I plan to change are my cleaning products to the brand Thieves and I love Methods products.
So how many products do you use in a day? How many of these are full of chemicals? Can you make some changes to improve you and your families health?
One massive benefit that I’ve noticed so far in my journey is that cleaner products last longer! They tend to be more concentrated and are better value for money. A little goes a long way.
I hope I have encouraged you to consider making small changes as these make a huge difference.
Enjoy your weekend,