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Want to reduce your toxic load? Start in your bathroom
If you’re looking to lower your toxic load, skincare is a great place to start, and we’re not just talking about your cleanser, toner and moisturiser. Personal care products, more specifically those you use in the shower, are one of the biggest culprits for hidden toxins like preservatives and fragrance. Your wet skin is drinking up those products at a much faster rate than it would if it were dry (remember how your dermo recommends putting your body moisturiser on damp skin). You’re also generally not applying them to small areas either, your entire booty is enjoying the fruits of all those products – the good and the bad. And did we mention you’re also inhaling them all via your daily home sauna too?
Start with one product – like body wash – and swap your mainstream go-tos one at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. It will make a huge different to keeping your largest organ in tip-top shape. Here’s our guide to keeping your shower as clean as possible
Avoid artificial fragrance and instead look for brands with a naturally derived scent from plants – hint, they’ll generally be botanical/latin names. Put anything back on the shelf that contains silicon or parabens. Even if it claims to be powered by natural ingredients like clay, always check where this ingredient appears on the label.
Palm oil is a major ingredient in many body wash and soap products. And the jury is still out on even sustainably produced palm oil so best to avoid all together. Instead try products containing coconut, avocado, olive oil or shea butter instead.
Avoid those with microbeads, aka tiny plastic particles that make their way into our oceans and more devastatingly, end up as fish food. Instead try products containing coffee, sea salt, crushed nut shells – like walnuts – or coconut sugar.
A good face and body oil is ideal to keep in the shower, especially for cleansing skin and removing makeup. It’s as natural as you can get, affordable and hard working. It’s also great for dry skin. And once you’ve found one you love you’ll never look back.
Exfoliating isn’t just good for getting rid of dry skin it’s also great for getting your circulation going and stimulating your lymphatic system. Look for those made from bamboo and natural fibres like coconut husks.
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