The average women applies a whopping 535 acidic chemicals to her skin daily, 60% of which are absorbed into her bloodstream. Clearly, what we put on our body is almost as important to health as what we put in it.
Here are 9 ways to reduce your exposure to toxins by alkalizing your beauty routine:
1. Install a Shower Filter
Municipalities use chlorine and chloramines to sanitize our water supply, but those chemicals can wreak havoc on your health when consumed, absorbed, or inhaled as a steam. Even just a 10-minute shower can cause you to absorb more chlorine than if you drank 64 ounces of the same water. Installing a Chanson Spa Shower Filter is a quick and easy way to reduce your exposure to chlorine, and will soften and energize your water in the process, creating softer, shinier hair and smoother skin.
2. Natural Soap/Shower Gel, Shampoo/Conditioner
Most body washes and shampoos contain sulfites and other chemicals. Liquid castile soap is a safe, paraben and sulfite-free gentle cleanser that can be used on the body and hair. You can also try forgoing conditioner and just rinsing hair with ionized acidic water from a Chanson ionizer for an all-natural shine.
3. Fluoride-Free Toothpaste and Alcohol-Free Mouthwash
Fluoride is slightly more toxic than lead, and if ingested, a tube of fluoridated toothpaste could kill a small child. Try a fluoride-free toothpaste or make your own by mixing a blend of baking soda, peroxide and peppermint or spearmint essential oil (optional). Most mouthwashes are filled with alcohol but you can look for alcohol-free versions or make your own by adding a couple drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil to a bottle of Chanson ionized acidic water.
4. Paraben-Free Moisturizer, Body Lotion
Parabens are common preservatives that have been linked to cancer and can cause allergies. Fortunately, many popular brands of moisturizers now offer paraben-free versions of their lotion formulas.
5. All-Natural Facial Toner, Aftershave
Most facial toners are also full of alcohol which is very drying to the skin. Chanson ionized acidic water is a wonderful all-natural facial toner, aftershave, and hand sanitizer, and you can even spray it on rashes, scrapes and bug bites to help the healing process. Make your own for pennies on the gallon with a Chanson water ionizer (prices start at $1,295) or try a 4 oz. bottle of our SkinBalance product for $19.95.
6. Natural Deodorant
Most deodorants on the market contain aluminum, which is easily absorbed into the bloodstream and considered to be a possible cause of Alzheimers disease. Look for aluminum-free varieties or try making your own.
7. Mineral Makeup
The average woman will eat nearly four pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, and an FDA study found lead in 100% of the lipsticks they tested. Consider mineral makeup for everything from eyeshadow to lipstick to reduce your exposure to these harmful toxins.
8. Natural Sunscreen/Sunblock
Commercial sunblocks and sunscreens contain a host of toxic ingredients that can lead to cancer and other health issues! Natural, mineral-based sunscreens that you can buy or make yourself are an alkaline alternative.
9. Natural Perfumes
Most perfumes on the market are synthetic and put in a base of alcohol. Seek out all-natural scents or try making your own by blending essential oils in a base of jojoba oil.