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5 Reasons to Travel with Natural Toiletries

Just because you are going on vacation does not mean you should take a break from properly caring for your body. Natural personal care products a great alternative choice to products that contain toxic ingredients.

Whether you are headed for a relaxing beach trip or traveling for businesses, bringing natural travel-size toiletries has its advantages.

Here are five good reasons why you should travel with all natural travel size toiletries:

1. All Natural toiletries are good for your health.

With the abundance of chemical-filled personal care products and toiletries in today’s marketplace, maintaining a healthy body by eating better and exercising regularly is simply not enough.

In addition to managing a proper diet and maintaining an exercise routine, we need to pay close attention to the personal care products we use and to seek out health-friendly natural toiletries.

It is important to read these product labels carefully and understand whether specific ingredients are good or harmful for us.

Did you know that 60% of what you put on your skin approximately reaches your bloodstream?

Many of the synthetic chemicals found in toiletries and skin care products are skin penetrators, skin irritants and endocrine disrupters. A lot are also carcinogenics.

Before purchasing cosmetic or toiletry products, make sure they do not contain synthetic chemicals such as:

Fragrance - According to the database of Environmental Working Group, fragrance can put a person’s health at risk as they have been associated with dermatitis and allergies, and can have negative effects on our respiratory and reproductive systems.

Triclosan - Used as an antimicrobial, triclosan is a chemical known to irritate skin and disrupt the endocrine system, including reproductive hormones and the thyroid. This chemical can be found in deodorant, toothpaste, and antimicrobial soap.

Artificial Colors - Notice that some products are labeled either FD&C or D&C and then preceded by a color and number (ex. FD & C green 23.) These codes represent synthetic colors.

The letter ‘F’ is used for food color additives, while ‘D&C’ is used for drug and cosmetics color additives. Any product with these codes has color additives derived from coal tar and petroleum source, which are suspected skin irritants.

2. Choose natural toiletry products free of parabens and phthalates.

Two of the most common chemicals present in many toiletries and skin care products are parabens and phthalates, which may have serious negative health effects.

Parabens are preservatives used to prevent bacterial, yeast and mold growth.

While they may not sound dangerous, these chemicals contain properties associated with increased breast cancer risk. Parabens are found in most deodorants, body washes, shampoos, makeup and facial cleansers. Some pharmaceutical and food products also contain parabens.

Phthalates are low-cost chemical substances found in a variety of personal care products. They have flexibility-inducing and softening properties, which is why they are used as a skin moisturizer ingredient.

Rat studies have shown phthalates to interfere with the production of hormones, and like parabens, they are thought to play a role in the development of breast cancer and are considered to be endocrine disruptors.

There are a number of personal care products on the market that offer natural alternatives to these chemical ingredients. Read your labels and look natural ingredients such as grapefruit seed extract or GSE, citric acid, rosemary extract, thymol, and ascorbic acid.

3. Sulfate-free shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are color safe for colored hair & all types of skin.

Sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) are foaming agents. These are common ingredients in body wash, shampoo and toothpaste. Sulfates can cause eye and skin irritation as well as reproductive toxicity.

Mixed with other substances, SLS and SLES can have the potential to form carcinogens, which could cause kidney problems. Instead of SLS and SLES, natural shampoos and other natural toiletries use ingredients like sodium coco sulfate (naturally derived from coconut oil) for its foaming and thickening characteristics.

Other foaming agents are sugar and corn derivatives. These natural ingredients offer the same benefits but without the harsh effects of synthetic chemicals. Plus, they are color safe, meaning they will not strip or fade color treated hair.

4. Natural toiletries are gentle on your skin, treat your skin as you want to be treated!

As it turns out, beauty (and health) is skin deep, literally. Every day, the average person lathers and sprays 10 different skin care products on their body.

While our skin is a barrier, it does absorb what is put on it.

Thus, the body, gets exposed to almost 130 chemicals regularly.

Skin care manufacturers and the FDA assure us that small doses of these chemicals are safe. However, the problem is the most of us use these cosmetic and toiletry products every day.

No one is certain of the effects these chemicals can have on our skin and health over time but, it is suspected to be negative.

It is always best to choose natural products with no potentially toxic ingredients.

If you want a healthier body and glowing skin, rid yourself of these synthetic chemicals and go with natural products and toiletries. You may not always be able to follow your diet while on vacation, but at least you are able to follow your diet while on vacation, but at least you are able to limit your exposure to toxic toiletries!

5. Choose natural toiletries not tested in animals.

Many personal care products are tested on animals. Animal-friendly and PETA-certified toiletries are available. By choosing PETA certified products, you can be sure no animals were harmed during the testing phase or production of the products.

Remember: eat clean, drink lots of water, avoid processed and chemical-laden food products, and opt for natural personal care and toiletry products that are safe and PETA certified.

While it is nearly impossible to steer completely clear of every single chemical in today’s world, by choosing natural toiletries you can reduce your body’s exposure to harsh ingredients and potential healthy issues.

What natural products do you when you are on vacation? Share it in the comments. We’d love to know!



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