Today’s post is from my friend Jess over at In my Healthy Opinion. I was so excited when we picked this topic for her to discuss on my blog! Natural products are so important for our bodies. But, I’ll leave that up to Jess to explain:
Hello, Vegansunshine readers! My name is Jess, and I blog over at In My Healthy Opinion. I’m a vegan, lover of exercise, and my blog focuses on living a healthy life with people I love the most.
I’m so happy to be writing on Whitney’s blog today! Vegansunshine is such a great blog; it’s full of great vegan recipe ideas and interesting tidbits about Whitney’s life (I especially love the Farmer’s Market recaps!).
Shortly after becoming vegan, I looked more into the products (beauty, household cleaning, etc.) I was using. A lot of the information about eating for our planet/environment also discusses the importance of using natural products. In using the natural stuff, you help the planet while avoiding toxic and harmful ingredients. This is a hot topic lately, and one that’s still being heavily researched.
Since I’ve been learning a lot about natural products lately, I would like to share some tips/reasons why they’re important to use in our daily life.
- You Are What You Wear: I recently read Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet, and she says that if you wouldn’t eat or drink your lotion/oil you put on your skin, why would you slather it all over yourself? Chemicals travel through your blood, and what’s put ON your body is absorbed into the body’s largest organ – the skin. Make sure it’s as free from chemicals as possible.
Lately I’ve been using coconut oil on my face and body for moisture and skin care. It’s supposedly really good for that; I’m still trying it out!
- Diet: We take so much time to eat right and exercise, but it’s almost cancelled out if we’re using harsh, chemical-filled beauty products. When we don’t know the ingredients in food, it’s mostly best to avoid it. Treat your skin like you would your diet – be selective and only use what’s natural!
- Go To the Source: The Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is a great source to find out if your current products are okay. The site gives each product a ranking, and then lists the not-so-good ingredients, as well as the ones that are pretty harmless.
- Just a Few: Non-natural products can be anything from simple irritants to possibly being carcinogenic. Here are just a few of the main ingredients to avoid in products: Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (often used in shampoos), Petrolatum, Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl Parabens, Synthetic Colors and Fragrances, Propylene Glycol, among many more. Visit this link of the 10 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid for more.
It’s really important to just be aware – not only what you eat/do/think, but also what you use on your skin and in your house. The average person uses over 20+ products on a daily basis, and it does add up and make an impact on our health. All of this isn’t’ meant to scare you, but just inform you of another positive thing you can do for your well-being. Obsessing over every single ingredient isn’t necessary – just try to make some better choices here and there to create a more natural lifestyle!
Some of our natural cleaning products from Seventh Generation.
Thank you for reading! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Jessica@inmyhealthyopinion.com. Thanks so much for having me, Whitney! J