Save your money, reduce your exposure and your impact on the environment. You don't need all that stuff. It's not doing anything for you.
Most of the products in the skin & hair care aisles is there to solve a problem caused by the other products. You are wasting your money, polluting the environment and creating trash for the landfills. And you really don't need all those things in the cleaning aisle. Do most of your cleaning with a spray bottle of slightly soapy water and a spray bottle of vinegar. And baking soda.
Plant Oils for moisturizers, cleansers.
Aloe, ACV, teas, baking soda for toners/exfoliants.
Clays, eggs, fruits, yogurts for masks.
Mineral powder for makeup, but close eyes and avoid breathing as much as possible while applying. And do follow the directions about using tiny amounts at a time and embed it into the brush to minimize the particles flying around that you might inhale.
Mineral based sunscreens when you need them, but ideally put on clothes and hats once you've made some vitamin D.
Glass, steel, ceramic, not plastic.
Whole, organic, local food, not processed boxed 'big food' products.
Avoid perfumes - make your own with essential oils.
Vinegar, baking soda and basic soaps and elbow grease for household cleaning.
Buff nails, don't polish. There are so many bad things in most nail polish. Do not go sit in a salon and breath the fumes!
Just stay out of salons to avoid all kinds of fumes.
Also, try to stay away from traffic to avoid exhaust fumes. Don't jog or exercise along heavily traveled roads. They've measured the air along a boulevard that passes through Houston's largest park where hundreds jog and bike, often during rush hour, and where the tree canopy traps the exhaust. The air is some of the worst in the city and that's saying something for the refinery capital of the world. Parking garages are another bad place. And indoor ice rinks where they for some reason drive an internal combustion engine round and round to smooth the ice. It's idiotic that those things aren't electric. Also avoid cigarette smoke, of course.
See the post below about the badness of xenoestrogens and other chemicals we fill our world with unnecessarily.
Edited by alternativista, 23 April 2014 - 03:23 PM.