What IS inside? Inside of what? This blog is about “What’s Inside” your personal care products. Are there chemicals lurking inside your personal care products?

Thankfully, people are waking up to the simple fact that personal care products contain many things that are toxic. We now know that twenty-six seconds is all it takes for the chemicals in your personal care products to enter your bloodstream. We know that parabens are cancer-causing agents. We know that sulfites aren’t safe either (but we sure like the bubbles they make in our shampoo). Americans are becoming wiser and wiser about their personal care products, and that is great news!

Along with our personal care products, we are becoming more aware of the chemicals in cleaning products. However, I wonder does the average person really ‘know’ or still trusting mass media (advertising campaigns) to educate us?

For instance, this bad boy di-hydrogen monoxide (DHMO for short), can kill you if inhaled; can cause severe burns; is used as a solvent in industrial cleaning; causes erosion of our natural resources, yet, it is used widely in our personal care products.

Acetic Acid mixed with DHMO has not only been a cleaning agent for years, but, popularly used in food preservation! Some even put it on their skin! SAY WHAT??!?? Scary, isn’t it? Mixing acid with DHMO to clean and preserve food sources? What’s next?

How about this one? Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides. Good gravy. I wonder, what’s next? Folks are using this one to clean their faces.

(I promise, just a couple more, and then I’ll get to my point). Here’s another: para-hydroxybenzoic acid. Yup, yet another in our skin care. Last one, I promise! Diisostearyl Malate. Oh. Sweet. Lands! Yes, this is in skin care also.

This is a very, very short list of chemicals used in our personal care products . My question is, can you spot the one that is toxic and should NEVER be used in any personal care product? Perhaps you can, but, if not, here you go:

Di-Hydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) = Water.
Acetic Acid mixed with (DHMO) = Vinegar.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides = Coconut oil.
para-hydroxybenzoic acid = Parabens (YUCKKY!)
Diisostearyl Malate = skin conditioning emollient.

Before you purchase your next bottle of lotion, shampoo, shaving cream, etc., I would challenge you to print out a copy of this NEVER LIST and take it to the store with you. It is important to your health, and the health of your family to really know everything about your skin care!

It really is time that you KNOW EVERYTHING!
Have a blessed day ~
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Laura B. for Turning Point Chiropractic