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What’s in Your Beauty Products?

It’s been a learning curve for me. I had no idea what was in my makeup, shampoo, lotions and cleaning products. I glanced at studies here and there that linked various products (mostly food) to cancer. With cancer in my family, and a bout with skin cancer (thankfully just basal cell) twelve years ago, it made me a little more aware. But, quite honestly, and not to make light of it, it seemed like everything caused cancer. Do you ever feel that way?

I was much more careful about the sun and preached sunscreen to my family. I’d go in streaks with good eating, then fall off and crave the things that were bad for me.

One of my friends was light years ahead of me when it came to all the research–especially when it came to beauty. Perhaps it’s an age group thing, but I feel many women over 50 are NOT in the know. I suppose that’s a broad generalization, yet I hear many younger women talk about this with great knowledge. I’ve heard stories of hormone imbalance. I’ve also recently read and watched videos regarding some pretty alarming research regarding brain health and the early onset of Alzheimer’s. There are many links to toxic chemicals in our everyday products.

Two years ago I delved into skincare and it really wasn’t anything I was looking for. I always received compliments on my skin and was thankful for that blessing. I took care of myself, used “good” products and thought I was fine with my anti-aging regimen.

Now working at Nordstrom, I was exposed to every cosmetic under the sun and could purchase at a substantial discount. So when the same friend approached me with trying a product with “good-for-you” ingredients I said I wanted to use up what I had first. Months later I was ready. You can read more about this on my beauty page. If the idea of a skincare regimen with completely clean ingredients interests you, please contact me and I can help you through the process–yes, even long distance!

In the next couple of posts, I’ll do my best to educate you and show you what to look for in your products. The bottom line is we need to clean up our act!

This video was eye opening to me.

How do you know what is good and what isn’t? Later this week I’ll introduce you to an app that will help you learn more. If you want to download it “Think Dirty” is the name. It allows you to scan a barcode or enter a name. Each product is given a rating on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the worst.

House hold cleaning products is another category, and I’ll have a source for some better options for you coming up later this week. We’ll do the “Toxic Toss” and I will have a drawing where anyone participating will be entered to win some products.

Have you done any research on this topic? Is it important to you to rid the chemicals from the products you are using?


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  • Alistaire

    Thanks Karen. I love that Ever is clean. I do wonder about my hair products. I’ll get the app, but are there good choices (i.e. “clean,” but also good for your hair) out there?

    May 2, 2018 at 6:28 am Reply
    • Karen

      Yes! Thanks for reminding me to make sure to cover hair in the next posts. I’m on it!

      May 2, 2018 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Diana

    Thank you Karen! A “green” store in Geneva is doing a toxic toss as well. It’s a great idea! I definitely participated and received 25% off of one of their products!

    May 2, 2018 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Karen

      Thanks for the comment! It can be a complicated topic and I hope to break it down a little for readers. I think the awareness has risen significantly even in the last year—especially when I hear about stores doing this. It’s great!

      May 2, 2018 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Erin Houy

    This is very interesting and now I’m eager to learn more. I’m definitely going to check out that app!

    May 3, 2018 at 8:50 am Reply
    • Karen

      Thanks Erin! Yes, the “think dirty” app is very helpful at least to start. I will have more details on this app tomorrow.

      May 3, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Raya

    I like this app. it’s definitely a good start to bring more awareness on using healthier products for your skin hair and body. check out this product as well …

    May 16, 2018 at 7:40 pm Reply
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