Healthier Alternatives for Personal Care and Beauty Products

By Alexandra Lily Swanston

Healthier Beauty ProductsIf you like making healthier choices about what products you use to clean your house but haven’t yet replaced your chemical-laden personal care and beauty products, its time to find healthier alternatives. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and absorbs the creams, sprays, powders and lotions we put on it. Around 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are pesticides, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, reproductive toxins, plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), surfactants (reduces surface tension in water for paint & inks), and degreasers (used to get grime off of auto parts). These chemicals are absorbed into your bloodstream through your skin. Research shows that the average woman absorbs over 500 different  synthetic chemicals into her body every day due to personal care and cosmetic products. That’s why its so important to be informed of the dangers of these chemicals and learn about safer and healthier options.

Chemicals of Concern

Now, you’re probably thinking, there’s no way my favorite personal care/ makeup brands would sell me products containing harmful ingredients, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Just because a product is on the shelf doesn’t mean its safe to use. This is in part due to the fact that cosmetics do not need to go through a premarket approval process before being sold in stores. Regulators such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not need to assess the safety and effectiveness of the claims on
the products before they’re sold.

Healthier/ Safer Alternatives

After reading all these possible symptoms from chemicals, don’t despair! There are a few things you can do to help reduce the number of harmful chemicals you might be exposing yourself to.  Here is a list of homemade personal care and beauty product recipes.

Hand Soap (Foaming)

Wrinkle Cream

Body Wash


Lip Balm

There’s a common adage that says, “the dose makes the poison.” If you take mental stock of the products you use in the morning, throughout the day and in the evening, how often these products are applied and how long they stay on your skin, it’s not hard to see how we end up absorbing hundreds of chemicals a day. Some of these chemicals have no known safe limits. I hope these healthy personal care recipes help you switch to safer alternatives!


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