Your skin, aside from being one of your organs of detoxification, is also the 2nd largest organ in your body. Often times, it appears to be the first to show degeneration or imbalances and the last to heal. It weighs almost twice as much as the brain and it receives one third of the circulation of the blood. Its functions include:
• Works as a protective shield to the body structure
• Helps to regulate body temperature
• Works as a respiratory organ
• Performs absorption activities by assimilating oxygen and other nutrients
• Aids in elimination of toxic wastes from the body
When we apply products to our skin, it is quickly absorbed into the blood stream. In fact, those toxins can get into the blood stream quicker than if we were to eat them. This is why it is just as important to use clean body products as it is to eat clean foods.
In all honesty, the most difficult body product for me to replace with an all natural, clean product was deodorant. I had tried so many different 'all natural' deodorants out there and none of them worked. For a while, my pride was a bit stronger than my desire to not continually apply toxic, cancer causing chemicals directly into the lymphatic system near my breasts. Then one day in my research, I was reading this study, and realized that women with breast cancer have higher levels of aluminum in their nipple aspirate fluid (NAF), a fluid present in the breast duct tree. Done and done. I threw my Dove away and immediately began using Primal Pit Paste. You guys…the name is as amazing as the product. IT WORKS! And it is 100% clean. Quickly, I began sorting through my bathroom cabinets and reading ingredients. Here is a list of the super clean, organic products that I use everyday and am 100% pleased with!
Dr. Rons MSM Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner: This leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny without all of the toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrance. Even many organic shampoos and conditioners have fragrance. Fragrance can contain harmful chemicals and unnecessary toxins.
Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil & Neem Toothpaste: It is so important to avoid any toothpaste that has fluoride in it! Fluoride is a dangerous toxic poison that is ineffective in preventing tooth decay! You can learn more about the dangers of fluoride by reading this article.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is an incredible product that can be used for cooking, cleaning, diaper rash, and so on. (Don't worry, I separate the coconut oil into different containers for each use). In fact, here is a great article about 101 uses for coconut oil! I use this as face and body lotion, lubricant and for my daily detox routine of oil pulling. Oil pulling is an incredible way to remove bacteria from the mouth, whiten your teeth and help reverse dental caries.
Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils: The incredible potency and purity of essential oils, allows them to reduce inflammation, protect the skin from UV radiation and promote healthy cellar function and proper hydration of the skin. My favorite oils to support healthy skin function are Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca and Helichrsyum oil is used for any breakouts.
Dry Brush: This is a very effective way to detox the body daily. Dry Brushing removes dead skin cells, it cleanse the pores, stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands in the skin, helps keep the skin soft and youthful and assists the body in the removal of toxins. Use a natural vegetable bristle brush, using short strokes in a circular motion. Brush very lightly over the entire outer surface of the body. Brush from the head, the tips of the finger, the tips of the toes toward the heart.
Top 10 Ingredients to Avoid:
This is a great, informative list from this Huffington Post Report with my own commentary added:
These are known carcinogens as they mimic estrogen! They are found in lotion, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, etc.
1,4-dioxane is produced during manufacturing, the FDA does not require for it to be listed as an ingredient on the labels of products. When you purchase organic products it will not contain 1,4-dioxane
This is not usually listed on the label; but it is found in fragrance and other toxic ingredients in your products. A lot of companies are, however, starting to list "phthalate free." So when in doubt always make sure the product says 'phthalate free.'
5. Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), monoethanolamine (MEA)
6. Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea
7. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium laureth sulphate
8. Propylene Glycol and PEG's
9. PVP/VA Copolymer
Fragrance can contain harmful chemicals and ingredients, it is always best to avoid products with fragrance unless the fragrance is from the aroma of an essential oil.
You have spent so much time and effort cleaning up your diet, don't let your efforts be in vein. Lets do the best we can to make sure we are honoring our body and maintaing real health. If you are unsure of the integrity of your current body products, head over to the Environmental Working Group and see the current toxicity ratings of your products! One of my favorite places to find all natural and organic body products at an affordable price is vitacost.com. Just remember…ALWAYS read your labels!