One-Stop Safe Skincare Shopping List for Abuse Survivors

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If you are healing from the trauma of emotional abuse, it’s important to take care of the outside just as much as the inside.  You may be surprised to learn that chemicals enter your body through the use of skincare products like lotions, shampoos, and cosmetics.

Most mainstream personal care items in your favorite store contain toxic chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and toluene – chemicals linked to hormonal imbalance, depression, endocrine system problems, and even cancer. Instead of nourishing your skin, these chemicals wreak havoc on your skin and, over time, damage your internal organs.

You’ll probably be more shocked to know that the FDA does not require companies to test their personal care products for safety. In fact, out of the many ingredients used in skincare products, only a small fraction are actually reviewed. This is true even for some products labeled “natural” or “organic.”

Below is a list of brands to dodge (for men and women).  This list isn’t exhaustive, but will get you started on the road to healing from the inside out:

Brands to Avoid  (with examples)

  1. P&G (Proctor & Gamble):  Aussie, Camay, Clairol, Cover Girl, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Naturella, Nicky Clarke, Olay Body Care, Old Spice, Pantene, Prell, Safeguard, Scope, Secret, Vidal Sassoon, Wash & Go, Wella
  2. Unilever:  Axe, Caress, Degree, Dove, Lever 2000, Soft & Beautiful, Suave, Vaseline
  3. Colgate-Palmolive:  Afta, Irish Spring, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap (hand soaps and body washes), Speed Stick
  4. Johnson Baby; Johnson & Johnson:  ANYTHING in the Johnson Baby Care line.  They manufacture other brands, as well, including Natusan, Penaten, and Prim-age.  Adults:  Aveeno, BeBe, Clean & Clear, Lubriderm, Johnson’s, Neutrogena
  5. Bath & Body Works – All products
  6. Victoria’s Secret – All body-care products and makeup

While these are popular mainstream brands, they are also the cash cow for retailers.  Don’t be fooled by their marketing showing happy families living the epitome of superb health and happiness.  Again, many have a “natural” line, claiming to be organic…thus, fooling unsuspecting consumers into furthering their physical and mental ailments.  

I’ve overheard people in the stores swearing by products like Suave, Dove, Olay, etc., without their realizing they are smearing tissue-altering chemicals on their largest organ and may later develop chronic fatigue, thinning hair, and early menopause symptoms. Something else to ponder…guess what happens when those chemicals go down the drain?  They harm our environment, wildlife, and the planet!

But on to the good stuff!  There are many organic and natural lines available both in-store and online.  Sometimes you can get really good deals online (free shipping, first-time buyer coupons). I buy many of my own products from Starwest Botanicals.  I like them because of their various certifications and commitment to protecting our health and the environment.

If you’re not into online shopping, here are some brands you can find in your local Kroger, Target, and Wal-Mart stores:

Safe Skin Care Brands

  1. Alba
  2. Avalon Organics
  3. Burt’s Bees
  4. California Baby
  5. Jason
  6. Kiss My Face
  7. Nature’s Gate
  8. Tom’s of Maine
  9. Coconut Oil  – for body and hair

Usually, these brands are stocked apart from the mainstream brands.  For example, in Kroger, they are in the same section as organic foods.  In Wal-Mart, they are usually near the pharmacy.  Once you find them, you will most likely find other organic brands that I have not listed here.

Lastly, for those of you with a creative streak, you can make your own handmade skincare ingredients.  

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barbarafranken says July 3, 2013

It is indeed important to be conscious of what we are putting on our face… I recently had a very bad facial flare up… nothing would sooth my skin… and within 2 months my skin wouldn’t tolerate anything but water and a natural exfoliate to take away the dead skin once a week… Now 3 months later my skin’s natural oils are working just great… no need for any soap or moisture cream… I feel so blessed… and my purse is much fuller… For my body I just use a natural soap that keeps the ph neutral…

    Kimberly Raya says July 3, 2013

    Indeed! It’s really sad that so many people are unknowingly putting poisons are their skin (or knowingly because they think organic is too expensive). I believe people could add a few years to their life just by switching their skin care products.

    Thank you so much for your helpful comment 🙂

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