We are delighted to publish this article written by Julie Mann. Julie is an EFT Practitioner and a Life coach with an 8 yrs of experience in working with skincare, cosmetics, and nutrition. This article highlights the importance of checking the ingredients of personal care products as they may contain chemicals harmful to our health and wellbeing.
Skin…….because what goes ON goes IN!
We all know the importance of being healthy during pregnancy.
Women often avoid cigarettes, shellfish, essential oils, sunshine, alcohol and even certain pressure points used during massage, but something that the majority of women don’t do is check the ingredients in their personal care products.
So why is it important to read your labels?
Much of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream. (Ref)
Some chemicals are too big to be absorbed but others are small enough to penetrate (just think nicotine or birth control patches!).
Anything you put ON your body, that goes IN your body, affects your baby too.
“In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns.” – HuffPost (Ref)
You may be someone who doesn’t really use many products but when you count up the ‘basics’ you might be surprised at the number you actually consume.
Think about the products most people use on a daily basis….
Sometimes, especially if we’re using a variety of brands, we can be consuming a veritable cocktail of chemicals without even realising it!
When it comes to our health and wellbeing, and that of our babies, it’s important to educate ourselves on the basics.
It costs nothing to check our labels, apart from a little time, and surely we owe it to ourselves and future generations to take this seriously.
With that in mind, let’s talk about one of the chemicals present in most products on the market.
Parabens. In order for a product to be even sat on a shop shelf (for up to 9 years), it has to contain preservatives.
These preservatives are called ‘parabens’.
There is evidence now that suggests that Parabens can affect our health.
Here is an article on the potential link between parabens and breast cancer.
A couple of other chemicals to avoid are SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) a cheap foaming agent and Mineral oil (think baby oil) ‘a distillation product of petroleum, especially one used as a lubricant, moisturiser, or laxative’.
Mineral Oil is used as a cheap filler to bulk up products so you think you’re getting more for your money. (Ref)
Personally, I take my health and that of my family seriously and always buy products that are not only safe but truly nourish me and my loved ones, inside and out.
Is it time to become more conscious of what you are using? Is it time to check your labels?
Here’s to healthy mums and babies everywhere!!
Written by Julie Mann: www.juliemann1.arbonne.com
Photograph courtesy: Julie Mann