Dying to Look Good: Cosmetics and Breast Cancer

If You Can’t Pronounce It, Don’t Use It!

BreastCancerUKPosterThe amount of chemicals in cosmetics is truly astonishing — and all of them unpronounceable – I don’t know about you, but I like to know exactly what’s going in or on me!  There are so many chemicals in common cosmetics these days, that I couldn’t even list them all; but you can use the poster from Breast Cancer UK on the right to find out what to avoid.

Remember – if you’ll possibly chip a tooth trying to pronounce the ingredients in your cosmetic bag, ditch it!

Cosmetics and Breast Cancer: the Connection

In order to reduce your risk of exposure to chemicals that may be linked to breast cancer, the best thing to do is to avoid them as much as possible.  It will mean a bit of research and a bit of a change to your habits, but isn’t your health worth it?

I know from my own experience of using commercial deodorant/antiperpirant products that my lymph system was clogged — a colleague and fellow reflexologist indicated during a treatment that the points for my lymphatic system were sluggish.  I stopped using commercially made products at that point and began using plant based or other natural alternatives.  Some months later, another reflexology treatment revealed that my lymph system was no longer sluggish. That may be anecdotal evidence for some, but it was enough to convince me!

Safer Alternatives to Commercial Products

As an aromatherapist and flower essence producer, I’m often asked to create made-to-order blends for birthdays, Christmas, etc. and they’re always a big hit, because they are all personalised for the user. There are reputable courses out there that teach you how to make your own cosmetics, whether you’re an aromatherapist or not!

Check out reputable schools or your local college for courses to learn how to make your own cosmetics (you’ll save money too!) – just search online for natural or organic cosmetics.  You may also want to have a look at vegan-friendly products too.

Remember – if you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t use it – because you are oh, SO worth it!