Why Experts Agree that “Hypoallergenic” is Meaningless

Why Experts Agree that Hypoallergenic Claims are Meaningless

Many people feel safer buying products labeled as hypoallergenic. It’s hard not to be influenced by products with hypoallergenic claims. With all the product safety regulations, most people assume that “hypoallergenic” means something. The term hypoallergenic conjures images of perfect, pristine ingredients and extensive testing, resulting in a safer product than products without the claim.

If only this were true!

In reality, there is no Federal standard by the FDA or the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) that governs the term hypoallergenic.

According to the FDA, the term means whatever a particular company wants it to mean. No regulatory body requires manufacturers to substantiate claims of being hypoallergenic. The FDA does not require third-party testing or even proof of any sort of testing.


History of FDAs Regulation Attempts


In the 1970’s, the FDA proposed regulation requiring cosmetic makers to conduct tests to substantiate hypoallergenic claims. Unfortunately, product manufacturers challenged the regulation in the courts and ultimately, the courts ruled against the FDA. Since then, the FDA has not succeeded in regulating the term.

The upshot being that hypoallergenic is simply a marketing term.


Hypoallergenic Claims


As a result, manufacturers can make hypoallergenic claims without any supporting evidence. And, as a consumer, you have no assurance that a “hypoallergenic” product will produce fewer allergic reactions than other products. You also have no assurance that these products will be more gentle to your skin.


How to Protect Yourself


You can take steps to protect yourself by reading the product ingredients and avoiding unhealthy, toxic substances. The FDA requires manufacturers to list most cosmetic ingredients on the label, with one exception. The exception is important. It allows manufacturers to list the generic term “fragrance” rather than the real substance.

The ability to obscure substances on labels poses problems because the term fragrance can represent over 3000 substances, some toxic and unhealthy. Clearly, not anything like you’d expect in a truly hypoallergenic product.

How do you protect yourself?

The best way to avoid unhealthy products is to use the Environmental Working Group’s Skindeep database. The database provides assessments and ratings for products. It will highlight any ingredients that may cause skin irritation, hormone disruption, asthma, cancer and more.

To summarize, as a consumer, you are not protected by product labeling regulations. You cannot trust the term hypoallergenic, but you can take steps to find the safest products.

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Why Experts Agree that Hypoallergenic is Meaningless

Brilliant Gift Ideas Under $40 for a Healthy Life

 

Need some genius gift ideas for that healthy, eco-conscious person on your list? Try this list

Need some brilliant gift ideas for women? Especially the women you know who are healthy and eco-friendly? This list is sure to solve your problem. Many of these brilliant gift ideas would make great stocking stuffers or hostess gifts.

More Brilliant Gift Ideas…


All Natural Scents by Givescent


GIVESCENT All Natural Perfume

So many perfumes and colognes contain ingredients like phthalates and formaldehyde which are harmful to inhale or absorb. But, it’s hard to give up wearing a scent, isn’t it? What’s the solution?

We found GIVESCENT, a company that makes products that are free of alcohol, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and sulfates. And, they support wonderful organizations that aid women including Women for Women International and Every Mother Counts. Five percent of each purchase goes to these worthy organizations.


Givescent Signature Scent is a captivating blend of sun-ripened citrus and spicy vanilla inspired by the first sultry summer days in Italy.

Givescent Azure is a tranquil beach scent with subtle notes of amber and musk inspired by long summer days on the coast of Southern California.

Givescent Green is an invigorating blend of bergamot, lemon, and mint inspired by the citrus groves of the Mediterranean.

Givescent Orange is a sensuous blend of bergamot, grapefruit, and musk inspired by summer afternoons on the coast of Sardinia.

Regularly $49.00 – On Sale While Supplies Last $39.99 BUY NOW


Wool Dryer Balls with Lavender


Dryer Balls with LavenderThese wool dryer balls are handmade, felted, unscented, and 100% wool. Includes a 1 oz. vial of pure lavender essential oil. The balls will dry your clothes 15-20% faster, soften your clothing, and help reduce static. The lavender scent is calming.

Dryer Balls work by circulating the air in the dryer which allows the air to reach more of the laundry more quickly, causing the clothes to dry faster. Using more balls increases their effectiveness.

You’ll need a minimum of 3 balls (4 or 5 is really better for larger loads) to get the benefits.

Simply place several drops of lavender essential oil on the wool balls for a relaxing and fresh laundry scent.

$33.99 BUY NOW


Bee’s Wrap – Plastic Wrap Alternative


Looking for a way to reduce plastic and keep cheese, bread, and vegetables fresher? Try Bee’s Wrap, the plastic wrap alternative. Start with this Assorted Set of 3 in small, medium and large and then come back for more!

The perfect alternative to plastic wrap! Wrap bread, cheese, vegetables, or cover a bowl. Bee’s Wrap is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage.

Use the warmth of your hands to soften the wrap and create a seal. When cool, the wrap holds its shape.

Reusable: Wash in cool water with mild soap. Lasts up to 1 year.

Made in the USA of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. Beeswax and jojoba oil have antibacterial properties.

Assorted Set of 3 includes:

  • 1 Small (7″ x 8″) wrap a lemon, avocado or small snack.
  • 1 Medium (10″ x 11″) wrap cheese, carrots, herbs or cover a bowl.
  • 1 Large (13″ x 14″) wrap half a melon, greens, baked goods or cover a bowl.

Watch the video to see how Bee’s Wrap works!

$18.00 BUY NOW


Organic Hydrating Mist


Hydrating Mist

Tones and hydrates with a refreshing blend of rosehip, ylang-ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion.

The perfect pick me up for dry winter months. Works for all skin types. Simply spritz Hydrating Mist on your face for a hydrating boost.

Benefits:

  • Tones & refreshes with resveratrol from organic grapeseed
  • Aromatherapeutic with pure essential oils of ylang-ylang & rosehips
  • Hydrates with organic aloe

Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene, sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, anything artificial and synthetic fragrances.

5 Star Rating.

$22.00


Reusable Produce Bags


The perfect alternative to grocery store produce bags! Made of fine mesh with a drawstring. Machine washable and virtually weightless. Customers rave about these bags. Each bag can save over 1000 plastic bags.

These reusable bags are also great for bulk purchases like nuts. And, you can use them for making your own nut milk.

Reusable:  You can either wash by hand and hang to dry or use your washing machine and hang dry.

These reusable bags can easily save over 1000 plastic produce bags in its lifetime!

 

Assorted Set of 3 includes:

 

  • 2 Standard Size 11″ x 14″
  • 1 Large Size 14.5″ x 18.5″

 

$7.50 BUY NOW


Make Up Brush – Kabuki Brush


Honeybee Gardens Mini Kabuki Brush Bronzer:

Natural, sustainable bamboo handled luxury buffing brush has synthetic silky Taklon bristles, so it’s environmentally conscious and cruelty-free! 3.75 inches. Super soft and great for applying foundation, blush or blending eye color.

The extra bristle density holds minerals better than any other brush. The larger size and flat brush base make it MUCH easier to handle and work with than those little round brushes, and it’s at a price that can’t be matched.

A cosmetic necessity!

$12.99 BUY NOW


All Natural Bamboo Toothbrush & Holder



Brush with All Natural Bamboo. Set includes 4-pack of adult toothbrushes. 5 star rated by customers!

Every part of this product is plant-based: bristles, handle, wrapper, and box.

  • Soft bristles are made from a base of 62% castor bean oil (bio-based and recyclable, but not biodegradable). Bristles made in the USA.
  • The handle is made from 100% bamboo (organic and wild – no pesticides or fertilizers).
  • The wrapper around the toothbrush is plant-based and commercially compostable.
  • The box encasing the toothbrush is made from paper – no tape or glue is used.
  • Your bamboo toothbrushes can be used for just as long as plastic toothbrushes.
  • USDA Certified Biobased. Green American Certified. Vegan. BPA-Free. Natural and Non-toxic.

 

 

Set of 4 Toothbrushes $20.00 BUY NOW

Bamboo Travel Case $20.00 BUY NOW

 

 


Thinksport Stainless Steel Insulated Sport Bottle


This is the perfect Stainless Steel water bottle. It’s double-walled and vacuum-sealed stainless steel – keeps contents hot or cold for hours. Perfect for hot or cold beverages – does not sweat (for cold contents) or burn your hand (for hot contents).

Its contoured design makes the bottle easy to hold and visually distinctive from the many straight-walled bottles. And, it has a removable mesh filter that keeps ice from blocking the drinking spout and allows users to conveniently brew tea on the go.Unsurpassed testing for material safety! Thinksport products undergo rigorous chemical and biologic testing to insure they do not contain toxic chemicals. Comes in a variety of colors.

Unsurpassed testing for material safety! Thinksport products undergo rigorous chemical and biologic testing to insure they do not contain toxic chemicals. Comes in a variety of colors. Also available in 16 oz. size.

$16.99 BUY NOW


All Natural Hand Sanitizer


It’s impossible to find hand sanitizer that is all-natural and free of harmful chemicals which is why you’ll love this sanitizer by MamaSuds.

It’s free of parabens, phthalates, and triclosan. Perfect for cold and flu season.

Put one in every handbag, lunch box, and backpack. Take one to your office to help your co-workers.

Also, works as a room spray in a pinch.

This hand sanitizer is made with Aloe Vera Gel Juice that your skin will love and witch hazel to dry quickly. No more waving hands in the air. No Triclosan is needed since essential oils are used instead including lemon, tea tree, and cinnamon leaf which ward off unwanted germs.

$6.25 BUY NOW


HoneyBee Gardens Luscious Lip Gloss


Enriched with Vitamin E, cocoa butter, olive oil and shea butter, Honeybee Gardens new paraben-free lip gloss is super-moisturizing. It provides long-lasting shine without the stickiness of conventional lip glosses.

Available in 5 shades.

Honeybee Gardens is one of only 300 companies WORLDWIDE to have achieved CHAMPIONSHIP status with the Environmental Working Group for clean, healthy product formulas. This lip gloss makes wonderfully healthy lips!

The entire line is gluten-free, and a good portion of the line is vegan.

 

$11.99 BUY NOW


On the Go Water Bottle Filter


Water Bottle FilterThis water bottle filters water as you drink. Perfect for travel, gym, office or camping in the backcountry. Great way to reduce bottled water waste!

The activated coconut shell carbon reduces toxic chemicals, heavy metals, microscopic pathogens, chlorine, sediment, and dirt. So it’s safe to use everywhere from the backcountry to the office. Whether you’re using tap OR river water, you’ll be drinking the freshest water around.

Best of all, there’s no need to squeeze the bottle to force water up thru the filter to the straw. Also, throw it in the dishwasher to clean. The filter is good for 100 gallons of pure drinking water.
• Safely cleans tap or river water
• Micron 3 rated activated coconut shell carbon filter
• Made in the USA
• Free of BPA, phthalates, lead, leaching chemicals
• 9.5 inches tall – 25 oz capacity

$24.95 BUY NOW


Need gift ideas for men? Try our new line of all natural Men’s Products by Alluvian.

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The Easy Way to Avoid Toxic Nail Polish

Toxic Nail Polish - How to Find Safer Alternatives

Who doesn’t love a manicure or pedicure especially at a nail salon? A salon manicure can be so relaxing. Unfortunately, nail products typically contain harmful substances that are unregulated.

If you’ve spent any time at all in a nail salon, you’ve smelled the fumes of polish removers, polish, and gel nail products. And, I’m sure you’ve wondered about what you are breathing. So, how do you avoid toxic nail polish?

You can enjoy a safe manicure using these tips.


How to Avoid Toxic Nail Polish


First, you must understand the limitations of FDA regulations.

You probably think that the FDA has programs for testing products.

Well, it doesn’t.

The FDA cannot and does not require companies to do product safety tests. And, the FDA does not review or approve the majority of personal care products.

In fact, the FDA has prohibited only a handful of substances in your personal care products. This explains why your products can contain toxins like formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, toluene, and flame retardants.

So, this places the burden on you to find safe products.


Is 3-Free the Answer?


Recently, companies started labeling their nail polishes as 3-Free meaning that their polish did not contain the formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate. This is welcome because you really don’t want these toxins in your nail polish. Here’s why:

Dibutyl Phthalate – Used to make polish last longer and make it more flexible; however, it is increasingly linked to brain, behavioral changes, cancer and reproductive system harm. Dibutyl Phthalate is banned in Europe and listed as a developmental toxin in California.

Formaldehyde – Used as a nail hardener even though it’s a known carcinogen, asthmagen, and neurotoxin

Toluene – Used to make polish smooth; however, it’s linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ system toxicity, irritation

Other nail polishes are labeled 5-Free meaning that the polish doesn’t contain any formaldehyde resin or camphor. Formaldehyde resin shares the same harmful qualities as formaldehyde.

But, is 3-Free or 5-Free good enough? Should you feel good about your manicure if you opt for these 3/5-Free brands?

Probably not. Here’s why.


Safety of Dibutyl Phthalate Substitute Questioned


A lot of these 3-Free and 5-Free polishes substituted Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) for Dibutyl Phthalate. TPHP makes polish flexible and durable, and it is also used as a chemical flame retardant.

Sometimes substitutes for harmful substances may not really be safe either.

Over the last decade, Dibutyl Phthalate has been replaced with TPHP. Many nail polishes now contain this new substance. A recent study by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group suggests that TPHP is absorbed through the skin and found evidence of exposure in all 26 participants.

Animal studies indicate it is an endocrine disruptor and another study linked exposure to fertility problems. As a further red flag, the EPA added TPHP to its list of chemicals requiring in-depth reviews because of its widespread use.

What’s the bottom line?

Since 3-Free and 5-Free polishes may contain TPHP, you can’t be certain that these polishes are safe.

What is a safe polish?


List of Safe, Water-Based Nail Polishes


Safer nail polish is available. Most nail polishes are solvent-based, but several personal care product companies have developed water-based polishes free of acetate.

These polishes are free from harsh chemical odors. Water-based polishes won’t harden as fast as solvent-based, so there is a drawback. However, most customer reviews were positive.

SOPHi Naturals

Suncoat Nail Polish

Piggy Paint (for children)

Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish

Keeki Pure & Simple

If you are a frequent user of nail polish, it’s probably a good idea to reduce your chronic exposure to these harmful chemicals and try these safer alternatives.

Learn more about how to avoid the worst things in personal care products because it’s important to your health. Making a simple change to a safer less toxic nail polish can make a difference in your toxic exposure.


Sources:

“Triphenyl phosphate, found in ‘eco-friendly’ nail polish, spurs worries”, Chicago Tribune

“Nail polish as a source of exposure to triphenyl phosphate”, PubMed

Campaign for Safer Cosmetics

“Found Toxic Nail Polish in Women’s Bodies”, EWG.org

11 Brilliant Gift Ideas Under $50 for a Healthy Life

11 Brilliant Gift Ideas Under $50 for a Healthy Life

Need some gift ideas for women? Especially the women you know who would like to be healthier and happier? This list is sure to solve your problem.

Healthy Gift Ideas Under $50


On the Go Water Bottle Filter


Water Bottle FilterThis water bottle filters water as you drink. Perfect for travel, gym, office or camping in the backcountry. Great way to reduce bottled water waste!

Its activated coconut shell carbon reduces toxic chemicals, heavy metals, microscopic pathogens, chlorine, sediment, and dirt. So it’s safe to use everywhere from the backcountry to the office. Whether you’re using tap OR river water, you’ll be drinking the freshest water around.

Best of all, there’s no need to squeeze the bottle to force water up thru the filter to the straw. Also, throw it in the dishwasher to clean. The filter is good for 100 gallons of pure drinking water.
• Safely cleans tap or river water
• Micron 3 rated activated coconut shell carbon filter
• Made in the USA
• Free of BPA, phthalates, lead, leaching chemicals
• 9.5 inches tall – 25 oz capacity
• $24.95 BUY NOW


All Natural Scents by Givescent


GIVESCENT All Natural Perfume

So many perfumes and colognes contain ingredients like phthalates and formaldehyde which are harmful to inhale or absorb. But, it’s hard to give up wearing a scent, isn’t it? What’s the solution?

We found GIVESCENT, a company that makes products that are free of alcohol, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates and sulfates. And, they support wonderful organizations that aid women including Women for Women International and Every Mother Counts. Five percent of each purchase goes to these worthy organizations.


GIVESCENT Signature Scent is a captivating blend of sun-ripened citrus and spicy vanilla inspired by the first sultry summer days in Italy.

Ingredients: parfum oil, essential oils, and sweet almond oil.


GIVESCENT Azure is a tranquil beach scent with subtle notes of amber and musk inspired by long summer days on the coast of Southern California.

When GIVESCENT azure mixes with your skin, the scent comes alive! The magic happens then…

Ingredients: parfum oil and fractionated coconut oil.

$49.00 BUY NOW


Wool Dryer Balls with Lavender


Dryer Balls with LavenderThese wool dryer balls are handmade, felted, unscented, and 100% wool. Includes a 1 oz. vial of pure lavender essential oil. The balls will dry your clothes 15-20% faster, soften your clothing, and help reduce static. The lavender scent is calming.

Dryer Balls work by circulating the air in the dryer which allows the air to reach more of the laundry more quickly, causing the clothes to dry faster. Using more balls increases their effectiveness.

You’ll need a minimum of 3 balls (4 or 5 is really better for larger loads) to get the benefits.

Simply place several drops of lavender essential oil on the wool balls for a relaxing and fresh laundry scent.

$33.99 BUY NOW


Nirvana Oil Bath Salts


Nirvana Oil Bath SaltsPurest bath salts to help you relax, detox, and rejuvenate your soul.

Each ingredient was chosen for quality and to enhance your experience. Packaged in an eco-friendly bag.

Five ingredients that will lead you to bliss:

1. Nirvana Oil: A specially handcrafted blend of bliss including lavender, sweet marjoram, ylang ylang, roman chamomile, sandalwood, coconut oil, and vanilla bean extract. Creates the perfect aroma of transcendence and peace.

2. Pink Himalayan Salt: These salts can improve the texture, tone, and appearance of your skin, help combat water retention, promote sinus health, prevent muscle cramping and soreness, and even decrease stress.

3. Epsom Salt: Epsom salts are not actually a salt but rather Magnesium Sulfate. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.

4. Dead Sea Salt: These special salts contain 21 minerals that naturally occur in our bodies, but must be replenished because they are lost throughout the day. Known for treating, detoxifying and cleansing our bodies.

5. Baking Soda: Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda makes your skin silky smooth, soft and removes toxins.

$24.99 BUY NOW – Sorry – Out of Stock


Organic Hydrating Mist


Hydrating Mist

Tones and hydrates with a refreshing blend of rosehip, ylang ylang, resveratrol grapeseed oil and organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion.

The perfect pick me up for dry winter months. Works for all skin types. Simply spritz Hydrating Mist on your face for a hydrating boost.

Benefits:

  • Tones & refreshes with resveratrol from organic grapeseed
  • Aromatherapeutic with pure essential oils of ylang ylang & rosehips
  • Hydrates with organic aloe

Free of parabens, petroleum, propylene, sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, anything artificial and synthetic fragrances.

5 Star Rating.

$22.00 BUY NOW


Perfect Shower Filter


Sprite Shower Filter

You might be filtering your drinking water to remove chlorine and other contaminants, but did you know that 50% of your daily chlorine exposure occurs in the shower? In a hot shower, chlorine is a liquid that can be absorbed through the skin and a gas which can be inhaled which is why you need a shower filter.

This filter is designed to remove up to 99% of chlorine keeping your shower time healthier.

Plus, with the filter’s large shower head, it makes the most of the water saving feature, creating a luxurious rain shower effect.

The filter installs easily without a plumber. Available in Chrome and Brushed Nickel. Filter lasts for six months.

Sale Price $37.99 BUY NOW


Pure Beeswax Aromatherapy Candles


Beeswax Aromatherapy Candles

Everyone loves these long burning, naturally scented pillars made of pure beeswax.

In this set, you’ll get two aromatherapy blends (3 x 3.5 in pillars). Each candle burns up to 60 hours!

  • Harmony (Pure Lavender) – A calming floral aroma that promotes balance and relaxation.
  • Enlightenmint (Bergamot + Mint) – A fresh energizing union that invokes wisdom and clarity.

Each aromatherapy blend combines only the finest essential oils with the purest beeswax. Absolutely no fragrance or synthetic scents are used.

Why Beeswax?

Beeswax candles are naturally dripless and smokeless and tend to have a longer burn time than candles made from other waxes. The candles burn clean and clear the air at the same time. Unlike paraffin candles that are made from petroleum-based wax, beeswax candles have a completely clean non-toxic burn.

$45.00 BUY NOW – Sorry, out of stock.


Organic Cotton Verbena Chemise


Organic Verbena Chemise
Light and soft, with a body-skimming fit and stretchy spaghetti straps, the Verbena chemise is a dream to sleep in. A V-neck and above-the-knee hem make it flattering, too.

Made from Organic cotton jersey in great colors – White, Lagoon (shown) & Camellia.

GOTS certified.

Women’s sizes S, M, and L.
100% organic cotton is grown and knit in India.

$48.00 BUY NOW Sorry, out of stock


Meditation Zafu Cushion


Zafu Meditation Cushion

Make meditating easier on your back and knees with this Meditation Zafu Cushion.

It’s 15″ in diameter and 6″ high. Just perfect to keep your knees in place without straining your back.

The cover is made of heavy cotton twill with handle. It’s filled with 100% pure, natural cotton.

Includes a side zipper to add/remove/replace cotton to keep it comfortable. Lots of designs and colors.

Buy at YogaAccessories on Amazon. Around $32.


Fashion-Inspired Glass Water Bottle


Bkr Water Bottles

An amazing water bottle that just might change your water drinking habits for the better!

It’s made out of soda-lime glass and the sleeve and gasket are silicone. The silicone sleeve is perfectly soft and grippy–and non-toxic. It protects the glass, insulates whatever’s inside it and it’s dishwasher safe! So, you can easily put this in the top rack of your dishwasher.

The cap is made of food grade, recyclable polypropylene.

Comes in 3 or 4 sizes and lots of fashion-inspired colors.

Why is this water bottle superior?

This luminous beauty essential will motivate you to drink 10x more water and love it. Buy at mybkr.com. Prices range from $28-$45.


Anti-Aging All Natural Night Creme


Anti-Aging All Natural Night Creme

This anti-aging nighttime treatment will make you feel like a princess. Concentrated blends of essential oils formulated to minimize the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.

Made with super-absorbing oils (Apricot Kernel, Rosehip Seed, Argan, and Meadowfoam) that penetrate deep into your skin leaving it feeling smooth and moist and never greasy.

Organic beeswax and soothing aloe vera gel juice combine with the oils to create the perfect skin cream for your face and decolletage while you sleep.

Effective and free of harmful ingredients like phthalates, parabens, sulfates and formaldehyde.


Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Aloe Vera Gel Juice, Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Vegetable (kosher) Glycerin, Organic Argan Oil, Organic Meadowfoam Oil, and essential oils of Frankincense, Carrot Seed, Egyptian Geranium, and Ylang Ylang with Rosemary Extract.  1.7 Fl. Oz./50 ML

$30.00 BUY NOW – Sorry – Out of Stock


Happy Shopping!

Erase Ten Years and Have Glowing Skin

Erase 10 Years and Have Glowing Skin

By Emily Geizer

While you may not actually want your face to look like a baby’s butt, you probably would like fewer lines and more glisten, right?

Below are my Three Essential Steps for getting ID’d when you’re 40!

Three Essential Steps to Glowing Skin


Step #1: Eat for Radiance


Believe it or not, your skin reveals a lot about you. When it glows it hints at all the healthy habits you’ve incorporated into your life.

Clean Eating is an essential healthy habit for radiant skin. Radiant skin is a common result of my upcoming Clean Eating & Cleanse Program.

Clean out the old and make way for new beauty boosting habits with my upcoming cleanse.

 


Step #2: Hydrate


Forget the old rule to drink 6-8 8oz glasses of water. What’s necessary for your optimal health is different from a 10-year-old child. Instead, drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces. So, if you weigh 150 lb., drink 75 ounces of water. Water is critical for flushing the toxins, and it helps maintain the elasticity in your skin.

The good news: Water is FREE and my upcoming Fall Cleanse will flush the other toxins!

 


Step #3: Time to Re-evaluate Your Skin Products: there’s an app for that!!


“Being Healthy” isn’t just about what goes into our bodies. What we put ON our bodies is just as important!  You may have heard that the European Union has banned 1,100 chemicals. And the US? Only 11.

You need to be your own advocate here, because:

  • Cosmetic companies are allowed to skip governmental review or approval of ingredients and labeling.
  • Products labeled “organic” or “natural” can contain petrochemicals, heavy metals,and other toxins; those certified as organic can contain as little as 10 percent organic ingredients by weight or volume. Even children’s products!
  • Your cosmetics are filled with chemicals that studies have proven to cause significant hormonal disruption, weight gain, skin irritations, cancer, allergies, and more.

The good news: there’s a FREE app for that!

Even if you think your products are clean (as I mistakenly did), you’ll want to download Skin Deep App and verify! If you can’t find your products, then it is likely that the company won’t disclose its ingredients.

As you know, my choice for safe products that also work incredibly well is Beautycounter. This simple switch has saved me loads of time reading ingredients because Beautycounter’s 5-step screening process is the most rigorous in the industry and gives me peace of mind.

 


About the Author Emily Geizer:

Emily Geizer is passionate about health and happiness, and knows the two are closely connected. She helps women up level their health with fun, simple strategies that even the busiest woman can implement. Her popular Mind Body Thrive Cleanse is a great jumpstart for the newbie as well as cleansing enthusiasts.