I am pretty good at eating organic but the other day it occurred to me I use a fair amount of chemicals in my “beauty regime” – shampoo, face wash, shaving gel, conditioner, moisturizer, hair gel, toothpaste, soap, shower gel, deodorant, etc. – and it might be worth changing my buying habits.
I realize this is off topic, but if my choices mean I am healthier, then I can perform better, and race well long into my old age!
Reading that product list above, you would be forgiven for thinking I’m vain! Having stopped and examined what products I use every day, I was surprised how much chemicals I was using. I don’t think I use these products excessively but glancing at the ingredients list, there are a lot of names I can’t pronounce and nor have I any idea what the implications of using them are. Even in small quantities they are bound to be having an impact.
Many of the ingredients are carcinogens, eg parabens, and are likely causing damage on a daily basis. Check out the Organic Pharmacy’s comprehensive list of ingredients that are carcinogens, contaminants, etc.
Why go organic?
If your skin is absorbing these products, then the chemical ingredients are eventually making it into our bodies. Quite scary that we are voluntarily putting harmful chemicals into our body via our skin, despite the fact we would never do so via our mouths!
How will I go organic?
I will be taking a step-by-step approach. As products run out, I will replace my current brand of choice with organic options and gradually develop preferences through trial and error.
There are cost implications to this switch of course. Organic products tend to be more expensive and throwing out a whole array of products seems wasteful. Maybe I should act swiftly and decisively but what’s one more half bottle of product when I’ve been using this stuff for 15 years?
I also want to do the research gradually so I can make the right choices for me – the healthiest option at the right price point for me. I can’t afford, and don’t want to pay $100 for a bottle of shampoo. I’d rather stick to the ~$20 I currently spend. I also want to discover the best brands, and avoid those hidden tactics and marketing behind products.
Organic is not always what we might picture it to be – there is a halo effect to the label organic. I don’t want to make changes that are not benefitting me. It’s not about the feel good factor, I want to make a real difference and try and do what I can to avoid any health issues down the line. Apparently, the proportion of organic ingredients may be low, or the term ‘organic’ may be purely marketing fluff.
Over the next few weeks and months I will replace all my products with organic equivalents, hopefully without breaking the bank, and hopefully in the process, extending my life by a good few years!