I have been focused on becoming healthier through diet and exercise. However, the next step in my wellness journey is revamping the personal care products that I put on my body every day. Did you know that your skin absorbs 60% of whatever you’re applying to it topically? That’s pretty scary considering that many of the personal care products on the market today (yes, even from brands that you trust) contain known carcinogens, chemicals, and other toxins that can disrupt how your body functions.
Unless you are willing to eat it, you shouldn’t rub it all over your body. I was mindful of that piece of guidance when I started searching for healthy personal care products for my family. I spent hours searching for brands that claimed to contain non-toxic ingredients only to find out that the claims were false. One of my key sources of information was the database that the Environmental Working Group (EWG) created called Skin Deep. The group has a mission to protect human health and the environment by providing consumers with information about the products they’re purchasing. Wouldn’t it be nice if manufacturers were more transparent and the EWG wasn’t required?
After realizing that it was near impossible to purchase already made safe products (even some well-known health and wellness bloggers recommend ingredients that aren’t completely safe according to the EWG), I decided to embark on a journey to create my own all-natural products that I can be 100% certain are safe and non-toxic. I never thought that I’d be “one of those people” (JP says that I’m turning into a hippie), but I don’t see any alternative. Once you know something, you can’t “unknow” it, so how can I, in good faith, purchase products that are disrupting my health, my organs, and my body’s essential processes? The short answer: I can’t.
I will share some of my personal recipes (and exactly what ingredients I used for the most success), as well as my results using them. With my thyroid issues, my hair is literally falling out, so I am hoping that taking chemicals out of my life will help. I’m also determined to cure my eczema naturally. I will let you know how I make out!
What is your personal care routine? Would you consider making your own products?