Ingredients that could be disrupting your hormones...

Endocrine - disrupting chemicals or EDCS , can be found cleverly hidden in the ingredient list of most of your personal care products eg shampoo - lotion - skincare - makeup. An endocrine disruptor is any chemical that interferes with your normal hormone functions. I really started to become aware of the toxicity of skincare products when I was pregnant and started to explore alternatives.

As a trained cosmeceutical skin therapist I have spent years working with different skincare companies. Cosmeceutical skin care products represent a marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are topically applied, but they contain ingredients that influence the biological function of the skin. Cosmeceuticals improve appearance, but they do so by delivering nutrients necessary for healthy skin. Cosmeceuticals rapidly changed the way we can treat the skin. I lapped up these wonderous little bottles and shared them excitedly with all my clients. Natural Skincare products rapidly fell into decline in salons as we fell in love with the new bigger and bolder sexy skincare and all its wonderous claims.

I’m not anti cosmeceutical by any means but we must look carefully at the ingredients .. lets look at one of my favorite ingredients Retinol as an example…

In conventional beauty products, there’s no transparency about BHT in retinoids; even the raw-material suppliers often don’t know whether their retinols contain BHT, and so it can show up in formulas that don’t list it on the label.

Clean retinols, by contrast, insist on transparency—and on no BHT. You can extract retinol from rosehips, which are rich in vitamins and achieve the skincare benefits of retinol by using plants with high retinol content. Rosehip is an incredible ingredient because the high vitamin-A and retinoic-acid content provides skin with retinol benefits—the retinoic acid slow-releases as the retinol in the formula is being converted into retinoic acid within the skin—without some of their unpleasant effects such as severe drying. I use this ingredient in our Renew Face Oil alongside many other cold pressed plant oils such as pomegranate seed oil - This powerful face oil will fight free radical damage in your skin in a non toxic way resulting in skin that is superbly hydrated and infused with radiance-bestowing vitamins and plumping botanical extracts without any chemicals.

Common Ingredients to avoid in your Personal Skin Care Products.

  1. Fragrance or Perfume : Commonly found they have hormone-disrupting effects. Fragrance is also connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma and allergies. Instead, use products with natural fragrances only such as Aromatherapy.

  2. Lead: A known carcinogen and hormone disruptor found in certain kohl eyeliners, hair dye and lipsticks.

  3. Mercury: A known irritant and allergen found in preservatives used in eye products that, with body accumulation over time, can impair the brain and nervous system.

  4. Parabens (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl- and Isobutyl-): Used as preservatives in many products. A study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2004 detected parabens in breast tumors and discussed their estrogen-like properties. While this doesn’t create a direct connection with cancer, I recommend avoiding these ingredients.

  5. Oxybenzone: An active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cellular damage. I recommend wearing skin-protective clothing and using natural minerals or zinc products.

  6. DEA/TEA/MEA (Ethanolamines): Used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps and topical application. It’s been associated with cancer in animal studies.

  7. Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body.

  8. Diethylene glycol (or DEG): A central nervous system depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin. Sometimes found in fragrances. Glycerin and propylene glycol are sometimes contaminated with DEG, which are common ingredients in personal care products.

Aside from checking your beauty-product labels, diet and exercise should play vital roles in your wellness regimen. Drink at least 2/3 litres of water to stay hydrated and help your body naturally flush out toxins that might otherwise show up on your skin. Naturally occurring toxins that build up in the body can adversely impact one’s health, hormones, looks and overall well-being.

I also love a good cleanse program, such as a purification program, seasonally to eliminate inflammation and improve wellbeing. I am currently doing an Ayurvedic Cleanse which I will share with you when Im finished.

If you are having skin issues or any concerns with hormonal imbalance symptoms you should visit your GP. Testing will allow your health care professional to find the best way to balance your hormones.

Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it absorbs whatever you apply to it.. l will leave you with a simple thought if you wouldn’t eat the ingredients, then why would you put onto your precious skin..

Become your own Wellness Warrior ,

Much Love

Suzie X

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WTF is Wellness

So WTF is Wellness ? … a fairly loaded question or a simple answer, philosophy or fact ? I read this tweet recently and it really resonated with me .. ‘Fuck Wellness . Wellness is capitalism trying to sell you back the sanity it stole from you’ …whilst I don't 100% agree with this I get it.

I have worked in the world of Wellness now for over 20 years and have seen many changes in the industry. My role as a beauty/body/alternative therapist was always focused on my clients wellbeing, incorporating lifestyle advice and alternative therapies such as Reiki in my treatments. My approach was always to see the client as a whole person, body mind and spirit and to realize the highest possible level of functioning and balance of the physical, mental and emotional aspects within each individual.

As a society we certainly become time poor and this is having a profound effect on our wellbeing. Wellness has become a buzz word that is very commonly used , and everyone is suddenly an expert on wellness , whilst this is great for awareness I feel the meaning has become somewhat diluted. Wellness has become a term that's a bit passive and can be a bit reactive with some people.

Wellness is defined as - The state of being in good health especially as an actively pursued goal.

Wellness is often considered in 5 dimensions lets break them down ..

1.Physical - For me this is such a crucial element to Wellness , exercise we must move our bodies. Movement and exercise is healthy because it removes stagnation: blood, oxygen, waste, and nutrients can freely flow unobstructed to get where they need to be when we start moving around. When we exercise endorphins are released this triggers a positive feeling in the body.

Movement is an excellent therapy for clearing blocks not only in our body, but also in our energy (chakra) system, especially when coupled with a healthy diet. Drink 2/3 liters of water everyday and most importantly sleep 6/8 hours a night ( we have lots to help with that at Mookie & Boo Apothecary )

2.Emotional - This can be a tricky aspect to manage but what works for me is organizing my time correctly , I have a very creative mind and tend to wander from one task or thought into another , which can lead into stressful situations and tight deadlines. Manage your time correctly , prioritize tasks and this will help to alleviate stress. Try to stay positive and use visualization to see a positive outcome in tricky situations. Most importantly use your breath its the most powerful tool to stay calm. I also find routine helps I really become aware of lack of routine when my little people are off school. Simple … remember to Smile x

3 Social - Create a balance with your work life - parenting - take some time for you. Find something that interests you and prioritise some time , a yoga class - running club - walk with a friend. Connection and conversation are imperative to your wellbeing. Social media has forever changed the way we communicate and interact. Golden rule never use your phone when you wake up or before you sleep for at least an hour. Spend time with people who lift you up and enhance your life.

4 Spiritual - This is a completely personal practice , for me I find this place on my yoga mat and when Im near the sea, find what fills you up and try to spend time there daily.

5 Intellectual - Simple become a life long learner, read and take in as much information as you can especially in subjects or concepts that interest you. I love to learn especially through on line courses its a life saver for a busy mama as you can schedule times to take your modules to suit you.

So in order to be in a state of wellness it is imperative that none of the above elements are neglected … Simple ? … no its takes time and balance Over the next few weeks I will be delving further into the 5 dimensions of wellness . I like to think of Wellness as a state of mind & body that we are pro actively seeking and evolving into too , where we are engaged with our thoughts and our bodies and placing ourselves as the highest priority. Ultimately , Wellness is the ability to tune into your mind and body , understand your needs slow down and take the time to meet them.

Become your own Wellness Warrior ,

Much Love

Suzie X

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