- A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu, (604 bc – 531 bc)
We all start at the beginning when we realize we want to change how we do something. When you are ready to begin switching out conventional beauty and personal care products and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives, I have you covered with a simple plan.
I focused on products that you ingest, products that cover a large areas of your skin, and products that remain on your scalp and underarms as the skin there is more vulnerable due to the high number of sweat glands and blood vessels.
1) Lotion – Body lotion is rubbed onto a very large surface of your skin and is my first choice to switch.
|Shea Terra Organics Marula Body Cream|
2) Toothpaste - Anything I am, even somewhat, ingesting is something I pay close attention to. Most toothpastes contain sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, and other concerning chemicals. Using a nontoxic toothpaste is an important change.
3) Deodorant – Your skin absorbs much of what is applied to it. Much like your scalp, underarm skin has more sweat glands and blood vessels than other areas of your body. For that reason, it is third on my list.
|Naked Eye Beauty Deodorant|
4) Shampoo and conditioner – Scalp skin absorbs more of what is applied to it than other areas of the body. In addition, after using it you then rinse hair products onto the rest of your body when washing them out.
5) Lipstick - Depending on what you read, a woman consumes 2-10 pounds of lipstick in her life. I’m not sure I understand how that can be calculated, but it is fact that it isn’t disappearing off your lips – it’s going onto a napkin, a glass, another set of lips or into your body. While some level of lead is concerning, I am far more worried about the parabens and other chemicals used in lipstick.
Don’t be overwhelmed! You can start small and work up to replacing everything. If you want some money saving tips, try my post The Money Issue.