Your 5 Beauty Foes and Woahs!

I am doing my best to keep all of my posts upbeat and not somber, but this is one that I think should be written because if you are not aware, do yourself a favor and get aware! 🙂

Often times people make fun of the way I live.  People throw in their “cute” little digs at me. Think I am “weird” or some type of weed smoking hippie ( Scary yet true fact: I don’t do drugs – I am 100% goofy and silly all on my own but that’s a whole other post!). I always hear “OMG how can you NOT eat meat?” or” OMG how can you NOT get your nails done?” and 9 million other how can you not questions.

These are your 5 beauty foes and possibly woahs for those who don’t already know about these ingredients.  Guys, you really don’t know what us women go through to look good 🙂

The original article I read is no longer available but here are the 5 ingredients to watch out for which you can read here on here Shine.

  1. Phthalates.  These can disrupt the endocrine system and have been linked to health concerns with early puberty and liver cancer.  They are also known as plastercizers.  YIKES! So where can you find them?  All over actually. Do a little research, you will be surprised.
  2. Triclosan: Where can you find this? In your anti-bacterial products.  It can harm your thryoid and encourage drug resistant bacteria!
  3. Formaldehyde:Biggest place you find it? Nail products.  it is known potential carcinogenic. Banned in some countries.
  4. Sulfates:  Another possible carcinogen.  Found where ? Can be found in toothepastes and hair products as well as other items.
  5. Parabens: These are found in a variety of products as well and have other names they go by.  They are known to mimic estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer.

After reading this article, I literally cleaned house.   I threw out literally hundreds of dollars in lotions, nail polishes, make-up and hair products.  I had for awhile given up hair products with Sulfates in them (thanks to my dad who constantly reminded me over the years to get SLS free products).  But I never imagined all the crap that was in my make up and nail polishes.  Things we don’t think about when we get our nails done or buy that awesome chocolate smelling lotion.

So am I crazy?  Was it a bit extreme that I threw out all my stuff? Maybe.  But we often forget that our skin is our largest organ and that we do absorb some chemicals in through our skin.  And knowing that, was enough to make me more all the more conscious about how I treat my hair, skin and nails.

And so while those who take their digs at me, make fun of me for living such a simple life to them, remember this.  Knowledge is power 🙂

xoxo,
The Meatless Diva

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