Skincare and hormones
Are you struggling with hormone imbalance? Do you have a great skincare routine? Do you even know whats lurking in your skincare? Are you PEG free? What the heck do I mean by that? Well PEG’s are found in a majority of cosmetic products, facial cleansers, and hair products – and they are NOT GOOD!
I didn’t even know that PEG’s really existed until recently – so what does PEG stand for? It stands for Polyethylene Glycol – yummy right?
But this particular product “isn’t a single ingredient but a class of ethylene glycol polymers that moisturize, keep products stable, and enhance the penetration of other ingredients, both good and bad. PEGs are typically followed by a number correlating to how many units of ethylene glycol they comprise, in the form of say PEG-4 or PEG-100; the lower the number, the more easily the compound is absorbed into the skin” According to treehugger.com
“While PEGs can be mild irritants, they’re less than desirable primarily because they help traffic funky chemicals across your epidermis, including a slug of impurities they’re often contaminated with. According to a report in the International Journal of Toxicology by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, pollutants found in various PEG compounds include ethylene oxide (used to manufacture mustard gas), 1,4-dioxane, polycyclic aromatic compounds, and heavy metals (lead, iron, cobalt, nickel, cadmium, arsenic).”
David Suzuki goes onto to describe them as “petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers. PEGs are commonly used as cosmetic cream bases. They are also used in pharmaceuticals as laxatives”.
David recommends not using them on broken skin or skin that is not in perfect condition as it can cause irritation and systemic toxicity, not something that I want anywhere near my skin!
This chemical alone can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations and Health Canada categorized propylene glycol as a “moderate human health priority” and recommends further testing.
So why am I talking about PEG’s anyway? Well, I see a lot of clients who use skin care products that are not exactly helping their hormonal balance, or leaky gut for that matter. Also I ask a most of my clients to give up gluten, and most commercially produced skincare products contain gluten! I know, crazy isn’t it!
The skin is our largest organ and what we put on it goes in!
PEG’s are just ONE of the nasty ingredients you should really be staying away from if you are looking to heal your gut, reduce inflammation, balance your hormones, lose weight etc, etc.
Here are a few other things to take into consideration when choosing a skin care line, hair care products or simply purchasing lip balm – by the way did you know that Berts Bees contains soy and canola!!
Things you REALLY WANT TO AVOID and why:
Parabens – “Parabens easily penetrate the skin. ii The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that they interfere with hormone function. iii Parabens can mimic estrogen, the primary female sex hormone. They have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible association between parabens in cosmetics and cancer. Parabens may also interfere with male reproductive functions. iv In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage. v,vii” David Suzuki
Sulphates – “Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts. Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product” Mercola.com
Phthalates – “You’ll find phthalates in perfume, hair spray, deodorant, almost anything fragranced (from shampoo to air fresheners to laundry detergent), nail polish, insect repellent, carpeting, vinyl flooring, the coating on wires and cables, shower curtains, raincoats, plastic toys, and your car’s steering wheel, dashboard, and gearshift. (When you smell “new car,” you’re smelling phthalates.) Medical devices are full of phthalates — they make IV drip bags and tubes soft, but unfortunately, DEHP is being pumped directly into the bloodstream of ailing patients. Most plastic sex toys are softened with phthalates” Huffington Post.
Petrochemicals – “A huge health concern with petroleum products is that they can generate 1,4-dioxane. This is a substance that is known to cause cancer and is also a kidney toxicant, neurotoxicant, and a respiratory toxicant not to mention a leading groundwater contaminant. The Environmental Working Group has found that an alarming 22% of all products contain unsafe levels of 1,4-dioxane”. cocoonapothecary.com
Artificial Fragrance or colour – “The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system”. Ewg.org
AND now after reading all of that here is what my new skin care line looks like, Smith Farms, Natural Skincare – its Canadian Made and contains NON of the ingredients listed above!
I’m pretty happy about that, AND it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg AND its FREE shipping over $60 AND its Gluten Free AND they have amazing customer service AND if you have hormonal imbalances you need to try them.
Here is a list of the ingredients they use and why:
Let me know if you already use their products or if you haven’t yet but decide to, let me know what you think in the comments below.
Oh!! And don’t forget to use a natural sea sponge to clean your skin! (you can pick them up at Shoppers if your in Canada, for less than $5) no plastic or synthetic sponges allowed ok? after what we just talked about it should be crystal clear why, plus I love you too much to see you use more chemicals on your face and body ok.
Here’s a quick tip – sign up for their newsletter and you’ll get an AMAZING 30% off your first order! Amazing right? Please share this post with friends, family, co-workers, basically anyone who cares about what goes into their bodies and has hormones (yes that means everyone).
Maggie Chilton BA (Hons), NNCP, RHN