Hello lovely readers!
I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for a while now and so thrilled to finally get it out. Being in my mid-30s, it’s become more important than ever for me to take care of myself both internally and externally. For the past few months, I have become OBSESSED with clean products. And that led to doing a lot of research, resulting in switching a lot of the every-day products I use to cleaner alternatives. So today I’m sharing more details, as well as a list of products I’m currently using.
It all started when I saw videos about certain shampoo brands containing an ingredient called DMDM hydantoin, which has caused hair loss in many women. I myself have been dealing with hair loss in the last year or so, and decided to check my shampoo and conditioner bottles. Sure enough, some of the brands I’ve been using for many years contain this chemical! Now I’m not claiming this is the only reason for my hair loss problem, but it may certainly have been a factor. Well I immediately discarded those products, and thus began my search for alternative, cleaner shampoos.
But it did not stop there…I realized many of the products I’m using have a LONG list of chemicals in the ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. I started looking at the hair products I use since I leave them on my hair and scalp for a few days at a time. Then I became even more curious, and began looking at my skincare products, such as moisturizer, face cleanser, lotions, and body creams. I even looked at my toothpaste and makeup!
The more research I did, the more I realized the majority of my products is a collective pile of unhealthy, unnecessary chemicals that are not only doing nothing for, but in fact harming my body in the long term. You’d be SO SURPRISED what ingredients you find in them when you actually take time to look at them. These are products we use daily, weekly, or even twice a day! If you’re reading this, I strongly urge you to review your products and switch to cleaner version. HOW? So first you want to decide on ingredients that should not be in your products, such as SLS, parabens, and silicone just to name a few. I personally shop a lot at Ulta and Sephora – both sites make it easy to find clean products. Use their filter features to narrow down your search to clean products, checking the boxes next to chemicals you don’t want included. Sephora for example has a green “Clean At Sephora” sticker on their clean products, making it easier to narrow your search.
It’s been a few months now and I swear I notice a difference in the exterior health of my body. And I feel so good using products that have natural, organic ingredients, and none of the toxins I don’t need. I hope this post inspires you to switch to cleaner products as well!
*Disclosure: I am not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this post