danger of aluminum in antiperspirants

How many of you are using commercial antiperspirants?

 

Not much research has been published on what happens to our health as a consequence of using them.   But  they all  contain aluminum, which I believe is one of the most toxic ingredients in personal-care products.   (It is followed closely by sodium laureth sulfate and propylene glycol).   I hope you will memorize those three names and avoid products that use them.   And if you want to add a few more ingredients to avoid, add these to your list: talc (containing aluminum as well), dimethicone, clyclomethicone, and polyethylene.

 

We do know that aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s as well as problems absorbing minerals.   It may be linked to kidney problems and breast cancer as well.   The FDA assures us that we can continue using antiperspirants without concern, but then again, the FDA is not truly protecting us from much.   That organization’s modus operandi with chemicals seems to be “innocent until proven guilty.”

 

You may think, well, I’m putting these products in my hair, or on my skin, which isn’t that bad.   But your skin is highly absorptive, and those chemicals do go into your bloodstream, where they then become systemic.

 

Many companies offer natural deodorants and antiperspirants.   You can find a variety of options at any health food store.   I haven’t personally found the “deodorants” to be effective (and I care about this a  LOT since I like to break a sweat  six days a week, for an hour).   The only thing I’ve tried that I really love is also the simplest: a crystal stick.   You just wet it and rub it under your arms.

 

I hope you’ll decide now to quit using commercial antiperspirants.   I watched my former husband’s grandfather die of Alzheimer’s, and it isn’t a pretty way to go.   It’s also emotionally devastating to everyone who loves that person.   Anything we can do to reduce our risk of that ugly fate is a good thing.

 

(The other significant finding is that we reduce our risk of Alzheimer’s if we READ a lot into our old age.   You’re already on the right path there, all of you, for the obvious reason!   So just work on getting the aluminum off your skin.)

You ready to commit to that?   A crystal stick is about $4 at your health food store and lasts a really long time.

natural beauty tips

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: Thanks for your blog entry today about what you eat in a day, and when.   I had been wondering about that.   You should also let us know your beauty routine.   Do you use special facial cleaners or just simple products?   I’m wondering if you use Basic H.   Also, do you use expensive natural makeup, or just the drugstore brands?   Thanks for whatever info you want to share.

 

Answer:    This will probably be a disappointment, since I’m not sure I have any genius ideas.   I’m all about what I can do with the least amount of time, with few chemicals, especially sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), propylene glycol (PG), and mineral oil, which are probably the worst three of the bad ingredients in cosmetics and soap.   My main beauty tip is to let your pores be unclogged with makeup as much as possible!   I use organic, unrefined coconut oil all over my face at night, and on my lips several times a day.   I wash my face with any unscented, simple facial bar.

 

I don’t wear foundation.   I wear drugstore eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick if I go to work or out in the evening, and that’s it.   (I’m not recommending them–I just haven’t found natural products that do what drugstore mascara and lipsticks do.   In general, expensive brands have just as much junk in them as cheap brands do.)   On days I don’t have to dress up, I wear no makeup at all, letting my skin breathe.   I’ve read that the “natural” brands (Jason, KissMyFace, etc.) still are found to have toxic chemicals in them when they are tested.   Anyone have better ideas?   I don’t think “bare mineral makeup” is the answer.   I realize that’s all the rage, but they’re still metals or minerals, maybe better than the worst products, but still pore clogging and not really the nutrition skin needs.

 

I also like to go in the sun to run, garden, or play tennis, several days a week–just not long enough to burn.   And I use a crystal stick for deodorant (from the health food store or Azure Standard)–it’s just salt!   No aluminum products that build up, are very difficult to eliminate, and cause Alzheimer’s risk.   (To answer your question, I do use Basic H by Shaklee, not for a beauty product, but for a veg/fruit wash, highly diluted, in a water bottle.)