Clean Up Your Personal Care Products: Ditch the Synthetic Chemicals for Nature’s Bounty

Men, this one applies to you, too.

You’ve heard it before. Hydration, healthy, balanced nutrition, and sleep are the building blocks of looking your very best.

But unfortunately, the very personal care products that you use to enhance your natural looks, like facial cleansers, shampoo, cologne or perfume, and deodorant are eating away at those building blocks.

So, where do you start when we just listed nearly everything in your bathroom?

Step 1: Keep reading to learn about what ingredients you should look out for and healthy alternatives.

Step 2: Utilize the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep site, a scientific database dedicated to keeping you and your family safe from the toxic chemicals in personal care products. Their resources for checking which products are safe and which ones you should run the other way from will give you peace of mind and help you clean up your personal care regimen.

Step 3: Visit Terra for non-toxic, effective, natural personal care products that are good for you and the environment.

Skin care and body care:
Your skin is your body’s largest organ. We think that’s a pretty good argument for giving it some extra attention and thoughtful research.

Say goodbye to your harsh facial cleansers:
Conventional personal care products tell us that bacteria on your skin is bad. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. A healthy layer of bacteria is what gives your skin that even, balanced glow. When you strip your skin’s microbiome with harsh cleansers, acne has an open invitation to flourish, and your skin becomes susceptible to pathogens which can create irritation and inflammation.

When trading your facial cleanser for something kinder to your skin’s microbiome, consider oil cleansing, washing with Manuka honey, or opting for a cleanser with organic, natural ingredients.

If you’re still looking for that “extra clean” feeling, consider introducing a clay mask to your weekly routine. This offers a detoxifying deep clean to rejuvenate your skin and wash away any dead skin cells.

Terra Favorite: Simply Divine Botanicals

Trade lotions for oils, and inspect your body wash and shaving cream for harmful chemicals:
Unfortunately, most conventional lotions, body washes, and shaving creams are laced with hormone disruptors, known carcinogens, and neurotoxins that can cause serious damage to your skin. Stay away from products with ingredients like PEG/ceteareth/polyethylene, triclosan, triclocarban, fragrance, and parabens.

Saying goodbye to your scented body wash and lotion might be tough at first, but after using a simple bar of soap with organic ingredients and coconut oil or jojoba for your body lotion, you’ll discover calmer, softer skin.

Terra Favorite: Acure Organics

Perfume and cologne:
Synthetic, hormone-disrupting chemicals are packed into personal care products, most notably, the body spray, perfume, or cologne that you use every day. Some studies have dubbed fragrance as the new “second-hand smoke,” illustrating its serious health effects.

A few of the toxic ingredients you should look for as warning signs are styrene, found in the exhaust of cars and cigarette smoke, phthalates, and synthetic musks.

Luckily for our health, essential oils and natural perfumes are a growing market, a welcome response to the green beauty movement happening now.

Terra Favorites: Kuumba Made and Maroma

Do a quick Google search of deodorant and breast cancer links and you’ll find the first few news articles and medical studies arguing that there is no correlation between breast cancer and the use of antiperspirant deodorant.

However, if you dive deeper into the research, many studies link the very ingredients in deodorant to cancer. Aluminum, parabens, fragrance, triclosan, and phthalates are all recognized in the medical field as posing a significant risk for developing tumors and serious hormone disruption.

You can avoid these harmful ingredients by discontinuing your use of antiperspirants, and looking for natural, organic deodorants with fewer ingredients.

Terra Tip: Look for a deodorant with mineral salt or an activated charcoal.

Hair care:
Everybody loves a good lather, especially when you’re washing your hair. Unfortunately, that lather comes at a cost. Many shampoos include formaldehyde which is linked to cancer, and synthetic surfactants like sodium lauryl sulfate, originally created to degrease engines and clean laundry, carpets, and cars.

These industrial strength detergents strip your hair of healthy oils, damaging your hair and causing hair loss, frizz, and irritation. You also want to beware of the synthetic additives, thickeners, and fragrances in your conditioners, hair sprays, hair gels, and even beard oils.

Choose organic, sulfate-free shampoos, and natural ingredient-based hair care products for healthier, shiny locks.

Terra Favorites: Carina Organics, American Urban Spice, and Morocco Method

Rule of Thumb:
No matter how many labels you read or ingredients you google, navigating the personal care product market can be daunting. While the FDA does regulate the personal care products on the market, a product does not have to be approved by the FDA to go on the market. Utilizing EWG's database to see whether a product is safe or not is a smart start to taking proactive, preventative measures to preserve your health.

At Terra, choosing the effective, healthy products that grace our shelves is a mindful, well-researched process.

“We don’t bring anything in that isn’t clean. Everything has to be clean, with no synthetic fragrances. We look for products with plant extracts that are organic or wild crafted, and of course, contain no serious preservatives,” says Helena Myers, responsible for ordering and organizing the health and beauty departments.

We source our personal care products according to the highest standards of powerful, wholesome ingredients. Our mindfully chosen products harness the power of nature's essences and bring your natural looks to life. Providing and using personal products that are good for humans and the environment is a no-brainer for us.

Read more about personal care products on our blog about sunscreen.

We choose wisely, so you can choose Terra.

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