We live in a very toxic world. Everywhere we go, every single day we are inhaling, digesting, and absorbing dangerous chemicals into our bodies. To be honest, I'm actually pretty ignorant when it comes to stuff like this. While there is a part of me wants to learn more about the poisonous compounds that line tin cans and the hazardous pesticides that keep my food looking pretty, there's another part of me that thinks filling my head with all that information would make me completely neurotic and want to live in a bubble. So I find a balance between ignorant bliss and over-educated paranoia (okay, I lean a bit more toward ignorant bliss).
Lately, I've gotten a lot of emails and questions about what sort of sunscreen and baby products I use for Isla, mostly from mother's who want to find the safest and least toxic brands for their babies. There's something about motherhood that makes us suddenly care about stuff like this. We want to keep our babies pure. To keep their little bodies as healthy as we possibly can. Sure, I use disposable diapers and yes, I use non-organic products on Isla, but regardless of these choices, I always think twice about what goes on and in her little body. So why don't we do the same for ourselves?
Skin Deep (we have no affiliation) is an incredible project and site where you can check the toxicity of a wide array of cosmetic products from shampoo to sunscreen, and everything in between (yes men's products too). They give you a "score" of 1-10 (ten being most toxic) and then break down ingredient concerns (again with a score of 1-10) into these categories: overall hazard, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, allergies and immunology toxicity and user restrictions. It's a lot of info.
The skin is the body's largest organ and it's actually pretty scary how mindlessly most of us slather products on it like it's no big deal. Did you know that the American government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals in personal care products, even though just about everyone is exposed to them? Some of the ingredients that are in our everyday lotions and potions are incredibly toxic. Check it out. What you learn you are unknowingly ingesting might surprise you. Turns out, we're a whole lot more than what we eat these days...