I’m trying to be more aware of the chemicals I’m exposing my kids and myself to and have been slowly trying to find replacement products or eliminate them completely. I’ve been pretty good with household cleaners. I’m using either everyday ingredients like vinegar, biodegradable cleaners, or nothing at all. But the beauty products are a little more difficult.
I’ve been reading a lot lately about how the products we put on our skin may be linked to a variety of diseases, like allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, infertility, and even cancer. Turns out the skin is the largest organ in the body and can absorb all those unpronounceable chemicals in those products. Not good.
So I’m trying to educate myself. There’s this article, Poisonous Chemicals In Skin Care, that details some common ingredients and what diseases they may cause. And there’s this website, Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, where you can look up your make-up, sunscreen, shampoos, baby products, etc. to see what ingredients they use as well as find safer products. And of course, one of my favorite websites, Healthy Child Healthy World. (I’m hosting a Healthy Home Party in August and plan to do some posts related to it.)
There’s so much information out there, and some of it definitely is coming from alarmists. It’s hard to know what to do. For me and my family, I’ve decided to try to go as green as possible and eliminate as many chemicals from my house as possible. It’s a long and slow process, but little steps will get us there.
It’s not all work though. Sometimes it can be a little fun. I found this collection of recipes for Do-It-Yourself Cosmetics. I tried the avocado and carrot mask. Kind of fun, although next time I’ll mix it in a blender because it was a little chunky.
Do you have any favorite green cosmetics? Do you worry about the chemicals in your beauty products?