I recommend researching ingredients, and once you eat mostly natural and organic, only then, take it once step further.
At one time I thought, why would I care what I put on my skin, it's not like I'm eating it, how much does it really matter?
Well parabens for example, are used in deodorants, lotions, many cosmetics...If you test someone with breast cancer for parabens, you will see there is a very high amount of parabens in the tissue affected by the cancer. So parabens have been linked to causing cancer. Nicotine patches work so well because your skin absorbs everything! Lotion, body spray, you name it!
So things to look out for,
- Aluminum chloride
- Aluminum zirconium tricholorohydrex glycine
- Aluminum chlorohydrate
- Aluminum hydroxybromide
- Any kind or Paraben!
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA)
- Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea
- PVP/VA Copolymer
- Stearalkonium Chloride
- 1,4 Dioxane
- Phthalates/Fragrance: DHP, DBP5, DEHP, and dibutyl phthalate
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
- artificial color
- Petrolatum, propyl glycol and mineral oil - This is a derivative oil, like gas in your car... It clogs your pores, and can cause other organ problems. -Not the worst of the wost, but definietly not good.
So, what should I use?! You can search for safe chemical free, non toxic cosmetics, and you can shop at health food stores, or buy homemade stuff. Lables and ads are deceiving, unfortunately even whole foods and trader joe's carry products that contain toxic ingredients. That's why you need to be careful to read every ingredient, and search what you haven't heard of.