On Hello Dollface, we’ve discussed toxins in beauty products and what to avoid and I have touched on staying away from baby washes because of the formaldehyde derivative. Moms and mothers to be, read this right now then stay far away from Johnson & Johnson’s baby wash and shampoo.
Suncreens also contain toxins and I’ve written about that too. And just the other day, we learned about terrible toxins in household cleaning products, including those that call themselves “natural”.
Now that I know what I know, I would advise everyone ESPECIALLY pregnant women to stay far away from the toxic product found on the shelves of the store. Unless you shop at a natural foods store and even then, read your labels.
“Pregnant women were found to have 100 different toxins in their bodies, and 43 of these were isolated in the bodies of all 268 study participants. The toxins discovered in the study can lead to numerous health complications for developing babies, such as birth defects, respiratory disorders and a higher risk for cancer later in life.”
There is so much information coming out of the natural community about toxins passing from mother to her unborn baby. Its definitely worth looking into so let’s do it!
Chemical and irritants can be transferred to the fetus as its developing which is a terrifying thought. Pregnant woman are exposed to an alarming amount of toxins every day from food and food packaging, chemicals in makeup, toxins in personal care products, medicines and the environment (air and water) and of course, cleaning products.
Pregnant women will want to cut down on their use (or completely ditch) the beauty products with toxins. And these dangerous ingredients are found in nearly everything from toothpaste to deodorant to lotions and soaps to cosmetics.
Here are the top offenders:
Parabens including methyl-,ethyl-,propyl,butyl,isobutyl- disrupts hormones and increases the chance of breast cancer
Triclosan– found in hand santizers and soaps, possibly cancer causing
1,4-Dioxane- Known carcinogen and related to formaldehyde. Found in baby shampoo and soaps.
Fragrance and Perfume– its no secret that companies do not have to list ingredients on fragrances. Perfumes and colognes are made up of hundreds of chemicals. Problems include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation.
Mineral Oils– slow down the function of the skin
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) andSodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate (SLES) – this is found in soaps and shampoos plus toothpastes and is used to de-grease car engines. Nice! And when combined with other chemicals, it becomes a carcinogen.
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG) also be on the look out for PROYLENE GLYCOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL. These are potential carcinogens that are used as grease- dissolving cleaners and a thickeners for skin care products. You will find this ingredient in a lot of products so be sure to read your labels.
Phthalates—used to make plastics flexible, also used in and personal care products—and changes in the ways that baby boy’s genitals develop.
I could be here all day writing about all the potential chemicals in the personal care products you might be using right now. This is a great article outlining every chemical to avoid (click here!!) and when you have that precious new baby home, you might want to avoid many common household products which you can read here.
If you are pregnant or have a newborn, now is the time to switch out all of your products to clean, green, organic and safe brands from head to toe.
I love the Ava Anderson line of skin care, baby care and household products. Ava’s products score the lowest you can possible get according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep site. These are the cleanest, safest products you can buy for yourself and your baby plus home cleaning products too. I stand behind these 100% or else I wouldn’t be working with the company.
I also like Nine Naturals which was developed with pregnant women in mind. The products are safe, smell amazing and are gentle to the skin.
Other safe brands for mom and baby include Earth Mama, Badger, Dancing Dingo, and the very natural coconut oil, avocado and jojoba oils mixed with essential oils.
Be cautious and beware the whole concept of green washing, don’t be tricked into thinking products are safe and clean thanks to clever wording and leaves and flowers on the labels. Everything I’ve been featuring here for the last few months is truly natural and safe. Now is the time to make the change to natural. Do it!