As a Mum and Personal Trainer, I like to set a good example to my family and my clients – I like to practice what I preach.
I eat clean 95% of the time, I exercise most days with a variety of strength/conditioning and cardio and I also believe that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your mouth.
Why would you eat healthy, but then put a load of chemicals on your body? It really is easy to change this habit. When you look at the ingredients on cosmetics, skin care, body care products, it can be pretty daunting, so I thought I would start with the top 2 ingredients that I think you should start avoiding now:
These nasty chemicals are linked to a wide range of health concerns such as skin irritations, fertility issues, cancer. For example, ‘longer-chained’ parabens can apparently mimic oestrogen, which can disrupt our hormone system.
Parabens can be found in a wide range of cosmetics, skin care and body care products as a preservative, so make sure you look out for ‘Parabens’ on the label or ingredients list of everything from cleansers, moisturisers, serums, creme’s, toothpastes and more.
This nasty little chemical is usually found in anything from nail polish to perfume/fragrances to plastics.
They can also disrupt our hormones (and we certainly don’t want that, they already go through enough!). They are also linked to things like an increase risk of birth defects affecting the reproductive system and can damage sperm cells. Make sure you look out for phthalates on product labels. The word ‘fragrance’ on labels can be another word for a combination of chemicals that potentially include phthalates.
I know that we are all time poor and unlikely to have time to research & educate yourself on all the nasty chemicals we are exposed to every day in the products you buy, so I thought I would do some of the work for you!
So to start off, take baby steps – eliminate Parabens and Phthalates and in your skin care, body care and cosmetics and you will instantly be living a healthier life for you and your family.
If you are looking for skin and body care products that don’t have any of these nasties in them (there are lots of other chemicals that aren’t included too), click here and check out the products for yourself.
Remember it’s not just what you put in your mouth, it’s what you put on your body also.