Part of detoxifying your body simply has to include reducing the toxins that you are consuming. Otherwise, what’s the point? It’s like a bathtub. A detox is like draining water out of a full bathtub. But what happens if you are filling it with water at the same rate you are draining it? Nothing, that’s what. Your tub stays full or barely empties.
Same goes for the body. If you want to help your body get rid of toxins, you best be giving it a break from them. Obviously, changing your food and decreasing the toxic load from what you consume is important, but there’s another area I think is extremely important as well…
The stuff you smear on your face, hair, skin, and pits.
It all seems so innocent. I get it, I want to look good too. I want to have glossy hair, soft skin, a glowing face, and armpits that smell like fields of daisies. No shame there.
I was introduced to a site that changed the game for me and my daisy field pits… the EWG’s Skin Deep Database. Heavens to Betsy.
I encourage (dare) you to go to that site and look up all of your products. Even, and especially, your “natural” ones. The site rates products from 0-10. 0 meaning very benign, and 10 pretty much meaning poison. They also break down all the ingredients in the products and rank each element’s toxicity.
Imagine my surprise to find that my favorite hairspray should really be called “Big Toxic Hair“. Whomp whomp.
For the gentlemen: don’t think you can get away without caring about this stuff either. Men’s products and fragrances may make you smell like David Beckham, but they’re still not good for you, nor will they give you his abs. These nasty things called xenoestrogens – yes as in estrogen, the thing you blame once a month for the demon that possesses your girlfriend – are contained in many conventional products in spades. Do you want a bunch of that floating around your system? Didn’t think so.
David just realized that his ab-defining sunless tanner is an 9 in EWG’s Skin Deep Database
The skin is the largest organ, and it absorbs what you put onto it. What it absorbs can work its way into your system and screw you up, no matter how clean your diet is. Even when using some detoxification protocols like I am right now, heaping toxic products onto your skin will keep your bathtub full. And that, my friends, is a crying shame.
I have been on a mission for the past few months to replace my beauty products with less toxic versions. That involved me grievously giving away a set of expensive shampoo and conditioner. In hindsight, maybe I should have dumped them down the drain, and poisoned the water supply.
So far, I’ve replaced my shampoo and conditioner, body wash, lotion, face cleanser, face lotion, deodorant, foundation, eyeliner, blush, and mascara. I ditched the “Big Toxic Hair” hairspray and am getting volume the truly ancestral way – backcombing.
Fully achievable toxin-free.
I’ll write more about my particular favorites and routine, but here are some amazing resources for anyone who wants to learn more about toxic-free personal care:
The EWG’s Skin Deep Database – the Mothership. Do it.
Cave Girl Eats – Liz Wolfe (one of my blog crushes – wait is that weird?) has done a lot of work in the non-toxic personal care space, and is soon to release an eBook on the subject! Can’t wait. Check her out.
Crunchy Betty – this blog is entirely dedicated to natural personal and home care. And it’s the most adorable website name ever.
What’s in your medicine cabinet?