June 15, 2015 SUBSCRIBE to our BLOG!


Detox your skin… Reduce Toxic Load


Do the detox…
So most of us know that chemicals and toxins are not just in our food – they are widely used in tons of products we use throughout our daily lives. These are the very toxins I explain how to reduce in our Rustic For Life webinars so it’s only fitting that I mention them in our blog. Reducing toxic load is a must if you are to complete a detox program. Battling Chronic Lyme, I have been told by so many in the integrative health care field that a metal detox is needed. Metals, chemicals and toxins are often used widely in your favorite personal care products such as makeup, deodorant, mouthwash, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner! I was told these toxic ingredients were endocrine disruptors, leading to cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, and other illnesses. They also cling to other toxins building strength and pulling you down; making it harder to heal from any illness. So, time to do the detox! Along with radical changes to diet and adding supplements to our routine to purge the old; we have been in the process of switching all of our personal care. Ever find out that what you thought was a healthy product really isn’t!? Let’s talk Skin… Now, I am not your average woman. ha! I am of Irish/ Scottish decent and my genes include ¼ Cherokee Indian. SO, I have always had a gamma of needs for my complexion – does it have SPF? Does it look cakey? Does it take away from my natural freckles? I have pink lips – just want them to glow. Does it irritate eyes? I mean the skin under my eyes is basically translucent! I don’t want to cover me – just enhance me… You get the idea. I have struggled throughout the years using big name products. All I tried caused a breakout, photo-sensitivity, rash, too tight feeling…. Literally feeling like I was applying a mask! And, I am not just talking about eye shadow or foundation. I am talking about the whole treasure chest of products you are coerced into purchasing after a ‘FREE” make-over at those fancy counters with those gorgeous women who teach you how to apply! Do I want to look as hot as her? You betcha! So I must need the primer, the cleanser, the toner, the under eye corrector, the lip liner, the bronzer…..GIVE IT ALL TO ME!!!! But, hold the phone…. Let’s use our brains for a minute…Our skin absorbs 60% of any topical product we use and more than 10,000 ingredients are allowed for use in our personal care items in this country. Many of these ingredients are hazardous to our health but they are used in everything from makeup to facial moisturizer and nail polish remover! It’s amazing that the average woman wears nearly 515 chemicals a day and will eat nearly 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, so make sure your lipstick does NOT contain lead or any chemicals. What should I look for? I have been researching the items in my daily life and honestly, it grosses me out. I am ashamed that as a RN I didn’t look into this more. I am a mom… I am a wife… I should have known better… the truth is, when a product says “all natural” on the front – IT IS NOT! Turn the product over and READ the ENTIRE active ingredients list.( but keep in mind, in the U.S.A, certain items are not listed on the labels – Canada is much stricter on what must be labeled – INTERESTING, right!? ) Look for words like ‘added iron oxides, chromium, cadmium, manganese, nickel, aluminum, formaldehyde, parabens, lead, added titanium oxides “, etc. These are metals you do not need to use on a daily basis – much less allow to sink into your skin ALL DAY LONG! Watch closely for words such as ‘pthalates’ and ‘exyl’ mixes. Look for a product that has a short, easy to read, concise all- natural ingredients on their label. Look for things that you can pronounce easily on the back label of cosmetics, lotions, soaps, toothpaste, shampoos, moisturizers, shaving gels, fragrances, and soaps. And, keep in mind that parabens added to products can inhibit natural bacteria flora from growing – and will kill your natural bacteria/ flora on your skin that is designed to protect you from external toxins you have no control of. SO DO NOT knock down your skin’s natural defenses! Here is a list of items to avoid (not inclusive but you get the idea!) • Parabens (Found in most personal care products, baby lotions and cosmetics.) • Phthalates (Found in cosmetics, hair spray, mousse, room sprays, colognes and perfumes) • Heavy Metals (Mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum and cadmium accumulate in the soft tissues of our bodies and are found in nasal sprays, make-up, shampoo and antiperspirant deodorant) • Toluene, Formaldehyde (Found in cosmetics and nail polish) • Synthetic Fragrance (Found in soap, lotion, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner and perfume is linked to hormone disruption) Items we found to be a wise all-natural choice are listed below. They do not include all of the great ones out there of course – just the items found to be beneficial in our household! : • Dr. Bronner’s soaps – Whole Foods, Target, Natural Grocers • Bella Grace – Offers wide variety of skin care and make-up products manufactured in Canada – Click here and use special PROMO CODE ( RUSTIC10 ) to get 10% off any purchase through June 30, 2015 • Giovanni Hair Products – Whole Foods, Target • Juice Beauty – plant based foundations, setting powders, and CC creams with naturally occurring zinc for SPF needs – Some products sold at Ulta but most items can be ordered from their website. Samples available. • Honey Bee – naturally occurring minerals used to blend eye liners and shadows – found at Natural Grocers • Urban Decay – Waterproof Eye Liner ONLY – Contains all natural oils and naturally occurring mica for pigment colors. (look for the one manufactured in Germany!) – may have to order if your local Sephora only gets items from USA. • 100% Pure – Offer fruit based colored products – If you have questions, simply email them for a sample! General Reminders When Buying Natural Products • If you buy Paraban free and truly organic items, purchase in a smaller quantity to ensure it does not spoil. I personally do not use make-up every day, so I purchase the smallest size possible to ensure I do not waste any natural product. DO NOT USE expired or rancid products! • These all- natural items also do better in an average temperature/ humidity area. So, keep that in mind when storing these items. • The colors you may have used in other products may be more subdued in a natural product. Let’s face it, there are VERY few natural items in ‘Candy Rush Pink’. When natural berries or flowers are used for color; a different shade or hue will occur. • The smell of your natural product may reflect the natural items used to make it. So, instead of your foundation smelling like mango, it make smell like soil or wildflowers. Small price to pay for not poisoning your skin ( largest organ in your body and your first line of a strong immune system!) • Shampoos without added sulfates do not lather as much. But, don’t fret, they still get your hair clean! • Most natural products such as eye liners and shadows will not last 12-16 hours as some major cosmetic lines advertise. Those products are NOT natural. Prepare to reapply after 5-6 hours on average. The Bottom Line
There are many reasons to detox and there are many way to start that detox process. For our family, ridding the household of toxins that came into contact with our skin was essential to starting down a new path. ( AKA: Reducing our toxic load) Then, after detoxing our skin, we began with the internal detox. We focused on strengthening core organs such as the liver, lungs, and the brain while pulling toxins through the excretory organs (colon and kidneys). (for more information regarding detox, contact us) We take pride in researching all items used in our home, in, or on our bodies, now. Do we read all labels? Yes! Do we call the manufacturer for the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)? YES! Do we tell our daughter ‘no’ to certain yummie smelling soaps and lip balms? ABSOLUTELY! We are that RUSTIC family and we are proud of it!




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