In our second installment of THIS NOT THAT, we will be looking at some everyday items in our bathrooms that are secretly exposing us to an array of different chemicals and/ or toxins. If you thought the Food & Drug Administration did a terrible job of regulating what people are allowed to eat, the beauty care industry is under even more lax restrictions, if any at all. Here’s a few things you’ll want to swap out IMMEDIATELY to start boosting your personal health!
Antibacterial Soap vs Bar Soap
But wait…isn’t fighting bacteria a good thing? Not necessarily. And especially not this way! The active ingredient in antibacterial soap is Triclosan, something that isn’t even proven to do a better job than regular soap and water. One of the biggest risks involves promoting an overall resistance to bacteria, which is a threat to global health. Triclosan has been linked to thyroid problems, susceptibility to allergies, and is just plain bad for the environment. If it’s not good for mother nature, it’s not good for you either! Stick to the old-fashioned bar kind and make sure you recognize the ingredients in it.
Tampons vs Menstrual Cups
For women facing reproductive issues or irregular cycles, switching from feminine products to a more natural option is a great place to start. Really, we would recommend it to any women looking to improve her overall health! The cotton that is used in creating tampons and pads have been subjected to pesticides and other chemicals in the harvesting process. The effects of chlorine bleaching chemicals on the body is also still relatively unknown in the long-term. Because the lining of the vaginal wall is so absorbent (think of how effective something like a hormonal birth control ring is), sticking to earth-friendly products like organic cotton tampons or sea sponges is an overall better choice. Our top recommendation would be the Diva Cup, which collects menstrual fluids and can be reused over time. Good for you AND the environment!
Fluoride Toothpaste vs Natural Toothpaste
We have been preached to that the fluoride in our toothpaste is safe and regulated (including our drinking water), but did you know that it is a known endocrine disruptor? Even in small doses, it can derail the work that your body is trying to achieve on it’s own in regulating your hormones. Your best bet is to just avoid it. The good news is that there are many fluoride-free and natural toothpastes on the market–Earthpaste being one of our favorite brands!
Fragrance vs Essential Oils
Also listed as Parfum in the ingredients tab, Fragrance is one of the worst offenders when it comes to sneaky toxin exposure. The “scent” we are actually smelling is a cocktail of synthetic ingredients which are not only unregulated, but the effects are unknown when mixed with other chemicals. We can’t encourage you enough to rid your home of any product with fragrance! The list includes (but is not limited to) air freshener, candles, detergents and more. If you must douse yourself in smells, there’s no better option than a food-grade, essential oil like Young Living or doTerra. Sprinkle on as a perfume, diffuse as an air purifier, or put a few drops in your water for taste. The uses are endless, as well as its benefits!
Generic Moisturizers vs Coconut Oil
The epidermis is our largest organ, which means that the products we put on it (and not just in it) are absorbed into our bodies. Moisturizers and other generic lotions are riddled with unregulated ingredients (like fragrance) and chemicals that work against your skin’s natural hydration process. We like to say that if it’s not safe to eat, don’t use it! With that being said, enter in the magical balm that is coconut oil. Not only can you ingest it, it can be used as a lotion, makeup remover, or shaving companion to name a few options. If that’s not enough to convince you, here are 101+ uses for Coconut Oil.
There’s more to come in our THIS NOT THAT series, so stay tuned! Let us know in the comment section if you learned something new!