Living without personal care products for a woman is like a marathon runner training and running a race without her running shoes. Coming from a woman who loves her products almost as much as her own children, I know how important certain products can be to our daily routines as well as to our self-esteem and our health. The funny thing is, for years we have spent thousands of dollars on products that make us look, feel and smell good without a concern with what the products are made up of. We haven’t cared at all what the ingredient labels have read, as long as the products do the job and do it right.
Thankfully, several stores have grasped the importance of “natural” personal care products and have been providing healthier and safer beauty products and supplying them in designated isles and shelves giving you the opportunity to make the right choice for yourself. For example, back in 2008, the “mommy feel good store” Target created a “natural” beauty isle which sells products free of questionable ingredients such as parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates and phthalates. The products sold in this section are NOT tested on animals and are packaged in recyclable materials only. This is just one store joining the party. There are many more well-known retailers and manufacturers today that are combining efforts to provide healthier “all natural” products. It’s true companies have been creating products with synthetic preservatives to maintain a longer shelf life yet, it’s time to worry about the shelf life of the consumer not the product.
Toxic exposure can be managed and cut down if your one to worry about what you’re putting on and in your body and are willing to make a change. My first change is simply changing from drug store shampoo for hair loss and conditioners to sulfate free formulas which I can buy a Target, select drug stores and beauty supply stores. I was tired of my hair being dry and brittle and it seemed I bought more products to mask this problem when really it’s been a vicious circle all along. More money had went out the door for more products and salon visits but the problem never got better. I didn’t realize the real root to my problem until one day my face and neck began to break out and give off a burning sensation directly after I washed and blow dried my hair. I realized my body has changed during my motherhood years and a recent visit to the dermatologist taught me that I am suddenly allergic to parabens and sulfates. News to me….I realized I had to figure out my next step. AS soon as I made the change, I instantly noticed a difference in my skin and in the look and feel of my hair.
Although this is simply my situation alone, I do recommend listening to your body and taking any discomfort as a red flag. Many of you haven’t experienced side effects like I have experienced and may never experience a problem such as mine. But, for those of you who are interested in which ingredients are better to be avoided, I have created a list below to keep you in the know. Granted I have only given up favorite shampoos and conditioners thus far, I do admit, I’m going to be more careful with the beauty products I choose in the future and what their main ingredients entail.
Top 10 ingredients to avoid when going all natural.
- Synthetic Colors
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- DMDM hydantonin
- Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
- Synthetic Fragrance
Shannon Lazovski is the CEO of Glamorous Moms LLC, editor and owner of glamorousmoms.com, detroitfashionnews.com, is a MichMoms blogger for the Detroit News and is the founder of Detroit Mom Bloggers; connecting mom bloggers in the Metro Detroit area with pr firms, brands and each other for social media campaigns. She is a blogger, fashion/beauty/image consultant and a social media community manager. She loves to collect, jewelry, handbags and heels (typically the higher the better) and cannot get enough when it comes to the subjects of beauty and fashion.