This is a guest post contributed by Krista Goncalves a Holsitic Nutritonist from MakingLemonade.ca
Are Your Beauty Products Making You Sick, Depressed & Overweight?
The average person is exposed to hundreds, possibly thousands of chemical before they even leave the house in the morning,
From our toothpaste to our shaving cream, deodorant, hand soap, body lotion, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and fabric softener - to the mascara we lovingly use to brighten up our eyes!
Common Chemicals Found In Our Beauty Products
Consider this – our skin is our largest organ and it absorbs much of what it comes in contact with, and our bodies then store and try to make use of some of that – all having to be metabolized by the liver, our body's major detoxification channel.
But what if you were to find out that most lipsticks contain Parabens? These are preservatives known to be endocrine disruptors (a critical hormone) and have been linked to cancer. 
How about if you knew that most mascaras contain Formaldehyde? Anything listed as DMDM hydantoin, diazuli dinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or methenamine and quaternium-15 releases cancer-causing formaldehyde as a by-product. 
What about that new shampoo that's “infused with herbs” or has the “contains plant extracts” label on it? Don't be fooled by this misleading front-of-package marketing gimmick! These products often contain just as many preservatives like Sulfates 
And then there’s the toothpastes that contain Triclosan which is suspected to alter hormone function and cause an imbalance in the delicate bacterial flora of your mouth. 
In a word: YUCK!!
How These Ingredients Can Impact Your Hormones And Why It Matters
While these chemicals are certainly off-putting from a consumers’ point of view, what about from a hormonal stand-point? All of the above ingredients have been documented to be potential endocrine disruptors - meaning that they can seriously mess with your hormones!
And when your hormones are out of whack, you may experience symptoms such as brain fog, anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep, decreased libido, weight gain, as well as undesirable changes in your hair, skin & nails – which are often our indicators of health and the very things we're trying to beautify!
So I ask you…WHY would you want to put those chemicals on your body or the expose your loved ones to them?
What’s the solution then - throw out everything in our bathroom cabinet?! Well, you could go that route but it is a bit drastic, so how about starting with this: in making your next bath or beauty product purchase, begin to seek out less toxic, more natural choices, opting for those that DO NOT contain any of the following ingredients:
- Phthalates & Parabens (Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben)
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate & Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
- Ureas (Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea)
- DMDM hydantoin, or methenamine and quaternium-15
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine(MEA)
- Petrolatum, Mineral oil & Paraffin
- Synthetic fragrances or parfum – look for essential oils instead
That's just a short-list, so if you want to know what the top offenders are and what's actually in your favorite beauty brands, then check out Environmental Working Group's extensive cosmetics database: EWG's Skin Deep
Alternatively, you can put your Kitchen Beautician apron on and craft some of these fabulous DIY Beauty Recipes. These will not only allow you to use far less, if any, chemicals on your body – you'll potentially save a bundle of cash that you can put toward something really indulgent for yourself, like a fresh 'n sassy outfit for Spring!
As for a truly “all natural”, not to mention triclosan-free, option to brighten up those pearly whites – try the new Tuxedo tooth whitener & detoxifier.
Krista Goncalves is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and busy mom of 2 young kids. When she's not at home blogging about women's health on MakingLemonade.ca, or concocting “natural beauty” in her kitchen – she's out & about in Kelowna, BC. Which means usually chasing the kids up a mountain trail or hanging at the beach. Gotta to keep the family active, and tire them out!