Many of our high street shelves are filled with chemical-filled ‘beauty’ products. However, the majority of these products include harmful toxins for the human body.
Your skin is the biggest organ of your body and is breathable so any toxins on it will be absorbed. Chemicals that enter your body increase the stress on your nerve system having a huge effect on its function and may increase subluxations.
Below are a few examples of small changes you can make in your everyday life to reduce the chemical stress on your nervous system. Many of these products are used by our DFC team – Dr Kelly, Dr Liam, Lauren and Libby
Lucky for us there are loads of brands and options on the high street. Bare minerals (available at Boots and Superdrug and various other cosmetic shops) do a wide range of make up with ‘nourishing, skin-loving minerals’ and is readily available on your door step! Lavera (available at Holland and Barrett) also do a small range of natural and non-toxic chemical make-up. Dr Haushka (Amazon have a wide selection) is also an excellent make-up brand that is great for your skin and won’t add any stress to your system. Burt’s Bees’ (available at John Lewis and Burt’s Bees website) do wide range of lip stick, lip balm, lip crayons and similar beauty products – coconut and pear is my favourite lip balm of theirs! However ladies technically you shouldn’t need to paint a flower!!! Sleep, fresh air and water will do wonders that no foundation can!
Shampoo and conditioner
This is slightly more difficult as lots of the products we would recommend have some toxic chemicals in them now even small/trace amounts. Avalon shampoo and conditioner (available at Holland and Barret or Waitrose) and Jason (available online or at some health food stores e.g. Revital or bodywise) are one of the least toxic brands of hair care on the market.
Lavera (available at Health food stores and Holland and Barrett) has a selection of lovely shower gels e.g. Vanilla & Coconut, Almond & Honey and other various non-toxic fragrances. Shower gel isn’t always necessary; hot water alone can be just as effective – it’s the toxins/stress hormone from our system that get ‘eaten’ by bacteria that create body odour.
Bubble bath for the kids (or for yourself)
The best thing to do is to make your own! This is easy to do with bath salts e.g. Epsom Salts, Himalayan bath salt or Dead Sea salts and mix them in a bath with a small amount of essential oils e.g. peppermint, lavender or whichever takes your fancy!
A great moisturiser to use is pure, virgin, raw, organic coconut oil, readily available at most supermarkets and cosmetic stores. If you’re looking for an alternative to oil Lavera does a good clean facial moisturiser. Green people (www.greenpeople.co.uk) do a huge selection of facial cleansers and moisturisers that can be delivered directly to your door.
This is very easy. Aloe dent do a range of toothpaste’s and also mouthwashes, these are available at Holland and Barret and also most supermarkets. We recommend avoiding fluoride as it is a neurotoxins and can recommend articles if you would like to know more.
A great solution for toothpaste is to make your own (which is also far cheaper!):
There are several recipes here are the one we like:
- 2/3 cup baking soda
- 1 tsp fine sea salt (optional – direct application of the minerals in sea salt is great for teeth, but can be left out if the taste is too salty)
- 1 – 2 tsp peppermint extract or 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (or add your favourite flavour – spearmint, orange, etc.)
- A drop of hydrogen peroxide.
- Filtered water (add to desired consistency)
Mix together baking soda, optional salt, and peppermint. Add a little water at a time, stirring after each addition, until paste reaches desired consistency.
On a side note it is important to know that the products themselves are ‘clean’. Lots can advertise as being organic if a certain percentage is organic. Ingredients making up less than 1% doesn’t need to be listed so ‘nasties’ can still present and the same thing goes for ‘natural colours’ it doesn’t mean it’s natural or safe! Companies are very clever now at renaming things though – Aspirin started out as willow bark! We would recommend a little yellow pocket book we have called ‘what’s really in your shopping basket’ previously published as ‘Chemical Maze’ that helps (this is available in our lending library). There is also an app for your mobile device so you can check the toxin content on the go.