Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You – Part 2 – Episode 56

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The beauty industry isn’t so beautiful. Last week we covered the first 6 toxic ingredients to avoid in your skincare products. This week we tackle the remaining 6. How many products in your cabinets contain these ingredients? Please listen in – educate yourself for your health and peace of mind.

Empowering you Organically – Season 7 – Episode 56

Title: Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You – Part 2

Hosts: Jonathan Hunsaker, TeriAnn Trevenen

Description:  The beauty industry isn’t so beautiful. Last week we covered the first 6 toxic ingredients to avoid in your skincare products. This week we tackle the remaining 6. How many products in your cabinets contain these ingredients? Please listen in – educate yourself for your health and peace of mind.

 

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Why Skincare Impacts Your Health

  • Skin is the biggest organ on your body.
  • Skin absorbs everything that we put on it.
  • Skincare is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.

“Fake Skincare”

  • In March of 2019, the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, reported that US regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world.
  • More than 40 nations, ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam, have enacted regulations specifically targeting the safety and ingredients of cosmetics and personal care products.
    • Some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products.
  • By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons.
    • This is one of the most under-regulated industries but one of the most lucrative industries in the United States.

 

Why Do Regulations Matter?

  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG)
    • They curate the Skin Deep database of ingredients used in personal care products and their safety concerns on human health.
    • Biggest advocates for clean ingredients in your products.
    • If your skincare product is backed by the EWG, it means they’ve done their homework, they’ve taken the time to look at clean ingredients.
    • The EWG has a scale that rates products from 1 to 5 as far as cleanliness and safety.

 

Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Why

Ingredient

Typically Found In:

Why You Should Avoid

DEA COMPOUNDS (DIETHANOLAMINE)

 

 

DEA and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy.

 

 

These cause mild skin and eye irritation. Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid. DEA is also possible hormone disruptor, has shown limited evidence of carcinogenicity and depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.

FRAGRANCE/PARFUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances.

 

 

 

 

These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. The catchall term “fragrance” may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm. In laboratory experiments, individual fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity.

 

Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label.

PEG COMPOUNDS (POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Found in: scrubs, body wash, makeup, toothpaste

 

PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers and hence used for products requiring a cream base and also in laxatives.

 

 

Those tiny plastic beads in face or lip scrubs and exfoliating washes are made from polyethylene (used because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells). These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the U.S. government considers a probable human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin. Polyethylene has been noted as a skin irritant and should never be used on broken skin. Polyethylene beads in scrubs and body washes also are not filtered by our sewage systems, meaning they can collect pollutants and travel into waterways, where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals.

PETROLATUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petrolatum, also known as petroleum jelly, is used in industry to lubricate machinery – so what is it doing to our bodies? Petrolatum has been used for years to lock in moisture, heal chapped lips, soothe noses raw from sniffles, and protect against diaper rash, as well as to treat cuts and burns. It is an ingredient in one out of every 14 cosmetic products on any given shelf, which includes 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby products. So what’s the big deal?

Scarily enough, petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne. Petrolatum locks in moisture, yes – but does not allow moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere. In short, our body gets accustomed to petrolatum’s barrier and slowly become less and less efficient at its own detoxifying and moisturizing processes.

 

 

TRICLOSAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds. Triclosan is classified as a pesticide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triclosan was all the rage as antibacterial products became ubiquitous in the 1990s.

 

But…it can pass through skin and can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.

 

It acts like estrogen in the body and has high rates of skin allergy. (High toxicity concern.)

 

The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan.

 

Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects.

 

We personally use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.

SILOXANES

 

 

Siloxanes are a group of chemicals that are, as the name suggests, derived from silicone.

Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily.

They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants.

The risks associated with siloxanes are far too many. Siloxanes are known endocrine disruptors that interfere with human hormone function, and could even possibly impair fertility. Research has shown that they not only cause uterine tumors, but can also skew the functioning of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. On top of that, siloxanes resist degradation and therefore pose harm to aquatic life and wildlife.

PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

nail polish and other nail products, perfume, makeup remover, hairspray, deodorant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phthalates are sneaky endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic the body’s hormones, therefore throwing the entire endocrine system off balance. They cause both hormonal and neurological damage, and in the case of pregnant women, may also cause major birth defects. The worst part? You will rarely find the word “phthalates” on a label.

Some products do market themselves as phthalate-free, but what about the other slew of synthetics on our department store’s beauty shelf? You can identify phthalates by their abbreviated chemical components: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).

SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, mouthwash, toothpaste, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents.

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on the manufacturing process, Sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both contaminants may cause cancer. Also, ethylene oxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane is persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain.

 

SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.

PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient.

 

 

 

 

Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products

 

 

 

 

 

Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens.

 

The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.

FORMALDEHYDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics. It is also found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes. Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde.

 

Short-term health impacts include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and many studies show it causes allergic skin reactions and skin rashes. In fact, it was awarded 2105 Contact Allergen of the Year by American Contact Dermatitis Society.

 

Long term, Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.

 

BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE)

 

 

 

 

Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are closely related chemicals – preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products (mainly shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, body lotions), and even food and food packaging.

 

The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.

COAL-TAR DYES

 

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline.

 

 

Found in: hair dyes, lipstick, cosmetic, shampoo

 

 

 

 

 

Phenylenediamine, used in hair dyes, has been found to be carcinogenic in laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology Program. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern are their potential as carcinogens. As well, colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some contain aluminum (a neurotoxin). This is of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.

 

     

 

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Jonathan Hunsaker: Welcome, everyone, to another episode of Empowering You Organically. I’m your host, Jonathan Hunsaker, joined by my cohost, TeriAnn Trevenen.

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Hey, everyone.

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: We are doing part two, talking about the toxins that are in your skincare and makeup.  If you did not tune in to part one last week, I highly encourage you to go listen to it.  It’s alright.  You can listen to it out of order, you can listen to it after this one, but we are going to cover—we had 12 ingredients that we wanted to talk about overall that you want to avoid in your skincare.  We covered the first six in part one, we’re covering the second six here.  I love these podcasts that I talk very minimally, because you have done all of the research and education on these toxins that go into the skincare. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Yeah. Well, and I’ve got to give a shout out to Joni as well, who helps us with our podcasts, for helping put this together, too.  She’s a huge advocate for clean living and clean healthcare, clean skincare, and she was actually one of the biggest reasons why I was turned onto the products I’m using in my house. 

 

I’ve made a big shift to moving to a lot more organic, clean, natural products.  We talked about last week that, yeah, we’re looking at our foods, yeah, we’re looking at our supplements and the things we’re putting in our body, but did you know that the things you’re putting on your body are even more harmful than the food you may be putting in your body, based on the ingredients that are allowed in the United States? 

 

One fact I want to touch on really quickly, that we talked about in our podcast last week, is that it is much more heavily-regulated in Europe and outside of the United States than it is in the United States as far as the ingredients they’re allowed to use in their skincare and cosmetic products.  We’re talking things like hair dye, makeup, lotions, and things like that. 

 

Some of the nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products.  By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons.  We talked about how EWG, and we will link their website in our show notes, is the place that you need to go. 

 

It is the number one resource, as far as regulations go, for skincare and letting you know what products are clean and what products to avoid.  Last week, we covered, like Jonathan mentioned, the top six products to avoid in products like lotion, hair dye, soap, skincare, cosmetics, hairspray and beyond.  And we’re going to tackle the next six today.  So, we’re going to get right into it. 

 

The next ingredient you should avoid, to add to our previous list that we went through, is DEA compounds.  DEA and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy.  These cause mild skin and eye irritation.  Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid.  DEA is also a possible hormone disruptor, I said this last week, that’s a huge red flag, has shown limited evidence of carcinogen, and depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.  Poison. 

 

Fragrance, apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal care product.  Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination.  Over 3,000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances.  These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. 

 

The catch-all term fragrance may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm.  In laboratory experiments, individual fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity.  Here’s the catch on fragrance, too.  Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. 

 

Recent research from the EWG and the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label.  This is not a heavily-regulated market in the United States, and it’s up to you to read your labels, and again, just like we talked about natural flavors when it comes to food and that that masks a lot of the ingredients and things that are going into your body that you don’t want from natural flavors, a lot of toxic garbage, fragrance is like the natural flavors for food of cosmetics, and they hide a lot of things behind fragrance.  So, be very careful when it comes to that being on your label.  We all want to smell good, but do we want to smell good while paying a price?  

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: Right.  I think people have allergic reactions to all sorts of things, and I think we relate that back to just food, and is it a food that’s giving me the allergy?  But how many times have you gotten on an airplane and gotten a headache because of a smell or have been around a lot of other people, and their perfume was strong in the room, right, or the cologne was strong, and you get that headache and you get these different things.  I mean I get it.  We want to smell nice.  But at what cost?  And I think that there’s phenomenal alternatives.  I know there’s phenomenal alternatives than using the chemically enhanced versions. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Well, yeah.  And how many people are thinking about when they’re going to buy that perfume, what’s in the perfume?  They’re just thinking about the smell. 

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: And then they spray it on their neck, spray it on their wrists, and all of it’s absorbed right into your body. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Yeah.  Breathe it in. 

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: Exactly. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: PEG compounds is our next ingredient to avoid, found in scrubs, body wash, makeup, toothpaste.  PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture carriers, and hence, used for products requiring a cream base, and also in laxatives.  Those tiny plastic beads in face or lip scrubs and exfoliating washes are made from polyethylene, used because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells.  These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1:4 dioxane, which the US government considers a probable human, “probable” human carcinogen which readily penetrates the skin.  They use a lot of fun words to market their point on things, don’t they?

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: If the government says it’s probable, it’s bad. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Yeah, exactly.  Polyethylene has been noted as a skin irritant and should never be used on broken skin.  Polyethylene beads in scrubs and body washes also are not filtered by our sewage systems, meaning they can collect pollutants and travel into waterways where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals. 

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: I mean I think that’s another thing that gets widely overlooked when we’re talking about skincare is these synthetics, yes, they’re being absorbed into your body through your number one organ, but then you’re also washing all of this off every single day, and where does that go?  Right?  We’re not able to clean it, we’re not able to scrub it.  It ends up in the rivers, it ends up all over the place. 

 

And we’re talking about these things that affect our hormones.  Well, that gets into the food supply, that gets into the fish, the lakes, all of that.  I mean I just don’t think we realize the damage that we’re doing to our environment yet.  I think we are soon finding out.  But I think it’s just another reason.  If poisoning your body isn’t enough to stop, maybe do it for the environment. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: There you go.  True.  Absolutely true.  The next ingredient is petrolatum.  Petrolatum, also known as petroleum jelly, is used in industry to lubricate machinery, so what is it don’t to our bodies?  Petrolatum has been used for years to lock in moisture, heal chapped lips, soothe noses raw from sniffles, and protect against diaper rash, as well as to treat cuts and burns. 

 

It is an ingredient in 1 out of every 14 cosmetic products on any given shelf, which includes 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby products.  So, what’s the big deal?  Scarily enough, petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast cancer-promoting substance.  It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne.  Petrolatum locks in moisture, yes, but does not allow moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere.  In short, our body gets accustomed to petrolatum’s barrier and slowly becomes less and less efficient at its own detoxifying and moisturizing processes. 

 

Triclosan is used mainly in anti-perspirants, deodorants, and cleansers, hand sanitizers, as an antibacterial agent, also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds.  It’s classified as a pesticide.  So gross, it’s so gross.  It was all the rage as an antibacterial product became ubiquitous in the 1990s, but it can pass through skin and can affect the body’s hormone systems, again, huge red flag, especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism and may disrupt normal breast development. 

 

Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents.  It acts like estrogen in the body and has high rates of skin allergy.  The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products such as those containing triclosan.  Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit, using their magic wording again, to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 rules that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects.  We personally use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.  You can put so many essential oils together to create an antibacterial basically liquid that you can spray on your hands and you can rub together, versus using this really, really gross ingredient that is harming your body. 

 

The last thing is siloxanes.  Siloxanes are a group of chemicals that are, as the name suggests, derive from silicone.  This is used in hair products that help your hair to dry quickly and deodorant creams that slide on easily.  They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants. 

 

The risks associated with this are far too many.  They are known as endocrine disruptors that interfere with human hormone function and can even possibly impair fertility.  Research has shown that they not only cause uterine tumors but can also skew the functioning of neurotransmitters in the nervous system.  They resist degradation, and therefore, cause harm to aquatic life and wildlife. 

 

So, as you can see, if you listened to our podcast last week and our podcast this week, if this hasn’t been horrifying for you, I don’t know what is.  Because these are ingredients that are in everyday products we’re putting on our skin, on our hair, down the drain.  Our skin’s absorbing them.  It’s the biggest organ in our body.  Just like food is so critical in eating clean and healthy food, I would say it’s even more imperative that you are using clean ingredients on your skin, in your house, every day. 

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: I agree 100 percent.  I mean it’s wreaking havoc on our bodies, on the environment.  And I think that it can be very overwhelming, right?  I mean when we first went down this journey of health, you start realizing, “Holy crap.  Everything I clean my house with is bad.  Holy crap.  Everything in my pantry’s bad.  Holy crap.  Everything in my medicine cabinet’s bad.  Holy crap.  Everything in my makeup bag is bad.”  Not my makeup bag, but probably yours, right? 

 

It’s bad.  And so, what do we do?  You’ve just got to take it one step at a time, right?  Maybe the first thing is to eliminate your toxic lipstick because it’s so close to your mouth, being ingested, things like that, and move to a natural lipstick.  And boom!  You tackled step one.  Step two, let’s look at a foundation, or let’s look at changing something else. 

 

Let’s use a different lotion or a different moisturizer, or let’s see.  You can exfoliate, let’s get one that just uses sugar, right, instead of the chemicals that are in there.  So, take t one step at a time.  I was kind of joking at the end of the last podcast, it’s time to go clean out your makeup bag and you’re going to end up throwing everything away. 

 

You probably will.  And that probably doesn’t fit everybody’s budget to go throw it all away and replace everything.  But I encourage you to, as you run out of your ingredient, as you run out of your product, that you just opt to buy one the next batch, whatever it is, the next lipstick, the next lotion, whatever it is, get the healthy, get the organic one.  And through time, you will transition into having just a much healthier being overall from making those shifts. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Absolutely.  And I’m just going to make the plug one more time.  As far as products you’re putting on your skin, cosmetic products, lotions, things like that, you can go to EWG, which is a powerful resource to tell you what products are clean, what are safe to use, and what are not.  And I can guarantee you that there are many companies out there fighting the good fight, bringing awareness to this, just like we brought a huge amount of awareness to the organic movement when it comes to food and supplements, and we’re seeing that change every single day. 

 

We have to fight for better regulations, for stronger regulations, for more requirements that go into our skincare products.  They are absolutely more toxic and more harmful than even the food we’re putting in our body.  EWG is one of those places you can go for trusted resources and information.  You should be looking at all of your skincare products, your skin products, your hair products, through the lens of EWG, and you can find out what ingredients you absolutely should not have in your products. 

 

We covered the top 12 here in this podcast and our last podcast, but they have more information on their website for you to look at.  Your dollar matters when it comes to changing this industry.  The consumer dollar mattered in changing the organic industry, it still does.  This industry is one of the most lucrative and biggest industries in the world and putting your dollar towards those companies that care about the products going on your skin is what is going to change this industry. 

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: And it can be done, right?  A lot of people think, “Well, that’s never going to change.”  It will change.  It’s happening with our food supply.  It is going to happen with supplements more and more.  And it’s going to happen.  And I’ve just got to say, I mean as you’ve gone through this list, so many of these are endocrine disruptors. And they’re messing with our hormones, right?  And if you’re listening to this and you suffer from any kind of hormone imbalance, I highly encourage you to switch to organic eating, but maybe leave the makeup off and leave all of the skincare off for a month and see what happens, right? 

 

I know it’s challenging, but we don’t think about these things, right?  We don’t think about—I put lotion on every time after I take a shower.  I don’t think about it.  If I’m having some issues, that’s the last thing that comes to mind is the lotion that I’m putting it on, could be that having issue?  I instantly go to “What am I eating?  What supplements am I taking?” 

 

Well, consider that what you’re putting on your body could be contributing to your depression, could be contributing to your anxiety, could be contributing to your lack of being able to go to sleep, could be contributing to your irritability, could be contributing to all of these things.  And so, we just have to be more mindful. 

 

And listen, it’s not like you have to walk through life on eggshells and read everything, but if you’re concerned with being healthy, take a little bit extra time.  That’s what we’re here for.  This is why we’re doing this podcast.  Listen to these podcasts and then share this information.  Tell your girlfriends about this, tell your husband about this, tell other people about these ingredients.  Because that’s the only way we’re going to change it, and it’s going to make a better impact on the environment and on our bodies. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Absolutely. 

 

Jonathan Hunsaker: Listen, there’s been a lot of big words here.  That’s why I’m glad I didn’t have to read a lot of this.  So, go to EmpoweringYouOrganically to download the show notes so you can read them for yourself.  You can find out all of the links to the EWG, anything else that we have sourced here.  Everything’s going to be on the show notes, it’s going to be on the transcripts. 

 

Go check it out at EmpoweringYouOrganically.com.  And as always, like us on iTunes, give us a big thumbs up, comment.  Any way that you can give us love on Spotify, or any other place that you find us, do so, so that we can continue creating this podcast for you.  Thank you for tuning in.  TeriAnn, thank you for all of your time, research, and delivery.  Joni, our producer, thank you for all of your time and research.  Thanks, everybody, for listening, and we’ll see you on the next show. 

 

TeriAnn Trevenen: Have a great day, everyone. 

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