Most of us are concerned with aging well, but don't realize that we are using products that are harmful to our health and even may be causing premature aging. Skin care should be a lifetime choice, using natural treatments, should be focused on the whole body and we all should be checking our labels and researching the ingredients! Our skin is our largest organ and quickly absorbs everything that it comes in contact with.  Toxins and petrochemicals soak into the skin and can cause horrible side-effects, even sickness and disease!  I dare you to look at the back of every product in your bathroom and under your kitchen sink and in your pantry…for each ingredient that you don't know (and even the ones that you do know), look it up on www.ewg.org to see what harm you are doing to your body.  Many of us don’t realize how dangerous these chemicals can be, but the research is there!  However, many of us do know the dangers and try to buy natural options, but natural doesn't always mean natural!!!  We always need to look up ingredients in our products to see for ourselves if it is truly and honestly natural and safe!  Let's look at the 6 areas where we could be slowly harming ourselves, without even realizing it!

I love to soak in the bath, while I do a nice face scrub and masque!

SKIN CARE - Your skin soaks up everything, whether you're slathering on toxin-filled or all-natural products.  Most of us will do anything to have a youthful appearance, but what if all of the soaps and lotions and creams and serums are raising our risk of cancer and disease because of the toxic, synthetic ingredients?!  Also, did you know that many of the creams that claim to be anti-aging actually have ingredients that speed up the aging process!? When I first read that last year, I was shocked.  Don't be fooled by the media and your peers, having beautiful skin comes from good nutrition, daily exercise, staying hydrated and by using safe products with natural ingredients.

Cleanse, Tone, Scrub, Serum, Moisturize, Masque...repeat...

SOAPS, BATH & SHOWER GELS - Many people suffer from uncomfortable skin issues and don't realize that it could actually be caused by lathering up each day!  You would not believe the ingredients that are found in soaps. Most commercials soap makers buy the fatty remains of dead animals and use it in their ingredients…YUCK!!!!!  Plus, what about all of the harmful, hormone disrupting and disease causing ingredients???  NO THANK YOU!!! Keep your skin healthy by safely lathering up without stripping your skin of it's natural oils. Also, you might want to consider carrying a safe, waterless, hand purifier with you in your purse so that you don't have to use the toxic soaps in public restrooms!
DEODORANTS - Aluminum and anti-freeze are two common ingredients in Deodorant!  These chemicals can build up in the system and cause cancer, liver damage and neurological diseases…ain’t no body got time for that!!!  FYI, its not just deodorants that contain aluminum…baby wipes, skin creams, suntan lotions, toothpastes, buffered aspirin, some medical vaccinations, intravenous solutions, wound and antacid irrigations, ulcer treatments, blood oxygenation, bone or joint replacements, burn treatments, baking powder, cake mixes, frozen dough, pancake mixes, self-rising flour, grains, processed cheese, aluminum cans, aluminum foil, disposable turkey roasting pans and more!!!  Think of the millions of ways that you are contaminating yourself each day.  I’m not saying you’ve got to be perfect, but it's a good idea to at least cut down on your aluminum use where you can!  
These smell like a day on the beach!

HAIR CARE - Just like our skin, we want beautiful, healthy hair, right? But do we have to kill ourselves in the process???  No!!!  Many women don't know that they are harming themselves just by lathering up and styling their hair each day.  However, many do know the dangers, but continue to use the products because they believe that “natural” shampoos and conditioners don't work as well.  This is simply not true! Sure, it may take some trial and error, but make the time and commitment to find a safe alternative.
BODY LOTIONS & MASSAGE OILS - Massages are a great way to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage, elimination of tissue wastes, bring peace and tranquility, mental awareness, increase energy, balance the nervous system and more! And it is just as important to keep your body moisturized as it is your face!  You don't want a beautiful, youthful face and then a dry wrinkly body, do you?!?!!?  Of course not! Just make sure you're using natural, safe products and stay away from ingredients that claim to reverse aging, but actually speed it up!

Bye Bye Cellulite!

ORAL HEALTH CARE - Did you know that your mouth is the dirtiest part of your body?!!?!?!?  AND did you know that bad oral hygiene contributes to chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer?!?!?  I DIDN’T KNOW THAT!!!!  You can keep your mouth clean and healthy by Oil Pulling, using safe Toothpastes, avoiding Fluoride and using effective mouthwashes and floss.  And don't forget your lips while you're at it...no one likes dry, cracked lips!!!  But be careful with everything that you put on your lips…just like your skin, they draw everything in, the good, the bad and the ugly!!! Choose a lip balm that moisturizes and protects, naturally.

Many of you enjoy researching on Pinterest and going all DIY to make all the things. If so, go for it! However, if that's not your thing, start looking for a company that you trust and begin replacing your harmful products, for safe ones. There are many companies that I have enjoyed over the years, but Young Living has been my top choice since 2013. Young Living offers many products and essential oils that truly are natural and safe!  There are a variety of soaps, deodorants, conditioners and shampoos, massage oils, toothpastes, floss, mouthwash, throat lozenges, gum, bath & shower gel, beauty masks, facial moisturizers, cleansers, toner, serum, wrinkle cream, facial wash, ointments, facial scrubs, eye creams, hand & body lotions, lip balm, waterless hand purifier and more!  You can literally take care of your entire personal care routine without harmful chemicals!

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