We live in a highly toxicant world. There are toxicants all around us and in us, and while you cannot control the toxicants in the environment and even all that’s in your home, you can control the toxicant load that’s absorbed and taken into your body. You can decide what you put on your skin. You can decide what you put in your mouth, and you can decide what lurks around your household.
Limiting the toxic load in your body limits the toxic overload in your liver and allows the liver to effectively do the job it’s meant to do, detoxify.
So how does one begin the process of transitioning to a toxic-less lifestyle? Here is a no-fail, simple list to get started.
Read Product Labels
Labels are meant to inform you of the exact ingredients that make up a product. Know how to read a product label. In today’s market, savvy customers want to be informed. They want to know what’s going on their skin and ultimately into their bodies. With that knowledge, they are empowered to make informed purchasing decisions.
Product labels can be confusing. And if you’re not sure what these super, duper complicated words on the labels mean, you can go to the EWG (Environmental Working Group’s) skin deep database for a breakdown on what a particular ingredient may be responsible for when absorbed into your skin.
Ease In & Ease out
Start with the products you use several times a day, like toothpaste. You don’t have to dump every beauty, wellness, and household product immediately. Of course, if money is not an issue, go for it. Start with the small items first and the items you use every day, several times per day, especially if you have children. So for example, toothpaste, lotions, face wash, toners, moisturizers, deodorants.
Find “toxic-less/toxic-free” brands & Retailers
The “toxic-free/less” beauty and wellness space is growing, fast. With more and more consumers being educated, there is an increasing demand for transparency and safer alternatives. New and emerging brands have challenged the status quo and proven that effective beauty can be created with safer ingredients. And conventional brands are rising to the challenge to make their products more appealing and safer for customers.
That said, this is the perfect time to get out there and get acquainted with the brands that are bringing better alternatives to the market. You can also get to know retailers that thoroughly vet and house numerous brands whose ingredient lists are transparent, safer and effective. Example, I. O. Beauty market.
Rome was not built in a day, and neither will your “clean” beauty cabinet. And even if you did manage to replace everything in one day, some of what you buy may not work for you. The key is to find safer yet “effective” alternatives, and that most likely will not happen in a day. So be patient and allow yourself the time needed to figure it out what works for you. It may take several tries before you get it right.
Dixie Lincoln- Nichols is a biological science educator, certified health coach and entrepreneur. Her work has been featured in media outlets like, Oprah Mag, SELF, Yahoo, Redbook, Natural Health, Instyle, Working Woman, Huffington Post, Essence Online, Tampa Tribune and more. She is currently the Chief Self-care Connoisseur and founder of I. O. Beauty Market, where she curates products that are free of toxic, harmful ingredients.