Read the labels. Many lotions and cosmetics contain chemicals like Parabens and PEG 100 – you’ll even find some in Trader Joe’s products.
Olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter is great for your body (and olive oil is even doctor recommended for personal lubrication.
Breast Cancer Fund:
Use Fewer Products with Simpler Ingredients
Some beauty products contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals that increase breast cancer risk. Each product you cut from your beauty ritual decreases the number and quantity of chemicals to which you’re exposed.
What are all those chemicals on the ingredient label? Find out which ones are linked to breast cancer.
Although it’s just one little word on the ingredient label, “fragrance” can contain dozens, even hundreds, of chemicals—including hormone-disrupting phthalates, synthetic musks, and ethylene oxide. Fragrance manufacturers claim the formulas are confidential business information. So, until we change the law so consumers have the right to know what’s in our products, it’s best to avoid synthetic fragrance and opt for products that are fragrance-free or that contain natural fragrances like essential oils.
Read the Label to Avoid Synthetic Ingredients
Good: words that you’ve heard before, like aloe or lavender. Bad: words you can’t even pronounce. Chemicals sound like chemicals. Avoid products with DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea; parabens or any word ending in “-paraben”; “PEG” compounds and words ending in “-eth”; triclosan and triclocarban; triethanolamine (TEA); hydroquinone and oxybenzone. You also want to avoid synthetic fragrance, which can contain hundreds of chemicals, including toxic phthalates.
If you go for a mani-pedi, select a nail salon that stocks only nail polishes free of the toxic trio (formaldehyde, toluene—which can be contaminated with benzene—and dibutyl phthalate). Also look for a nail salon that has good ventilation for the entire shop. Choosing a nail salon that engages in these safety practices can help protect your health and the health of the workers who are there every day.
- The toxic trio—and brands that have gone “three-free
Don’t Sweat Over Your Antiperspirant
A possible source of aluminum in breast tissue may be the use of underarm antiperspirants, so try to find an aluminum-free formula.
Read the full story here: http://www.breastcancerfund.org/reduce-your-risk/tips/choose-safe-cosmetics/