Remember that old horror movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The jist of it was that aliens were secretly invading earth and taking over people’s bodies! I’ve never been a huge horror movie fan (yes, I am a scaredy cat) so I never watched the whole thing, but the whole idea gives me the creeps! Can you imagine something like that happening in real life? Scenario: A foreign being taking over your body and you are none the wiser. Couldn’t ever happen right? Or can it?
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Foreign substances seeping into your bloodstream, coursing through your veins, and invading your bodily organs….am I describing a horror movie or does this really exist? It’s real and it’s going on all over the world! Of course, I am speaking of the use of toxic and carcinogenic personal care products. Many people don’t know they’re exposing themselves to harmful substances on a daily basis when they use their deodorant, hair spray, or moisturizer. They continue to use the products their mothers and grandmothers used because they “trust” them. They figure, if it’s on the shelf, it’s safe. It’s tough to break a habit, especially when it’s a favorite you’ve been using for years. They never think to question ingredients and what these chemicals can do to their bodies and unfortunately, these products are not regulated for safety. I was just like them before….
My Love Affair With Makeup Begins
When I was a child, I used to sit and watch my mom get ready for work in the morning. She always had the same routines. Wash face, moisturize, apply makeup, and perfume. Even when I wasn’t in her room, I could always smell her a mile away! She loved her perfume. I started wearing makeup in middle school. I remember fixing my face between periods in school (sometimes this was more important than being on time to class!) One routine my mom always did was use talcum powder, especially after a shower. She would sprinkle it anywhere on her body where she wanted to stay dry and fresh, especially around the “female parts.” Oh how I wish I knew then what I know now. If I had known about the devastating effects of talc in the body, I would have taken my mom’s powder and thrown it a mile away!
Your Worst Nightmare Come True
Over the years, my mom and I continued to use commercial cosmetics and personal care products, never thinking to question ingredients. Until the day my mother began to feel ill. After countless misdiagnoses, surgery finally confirmed our worst fears. She had ovarian cancer. This is a silent and deadly disease that is usually not diagnosed until it’s too late. After watching her suffer and wither away to a shell of her lively self she passed away only 6 months after the diagnosis. How did this personal tragedy make me open my eyes? I made a connection because she used talcum powder, a carcinogen which is linked to ovarian cancer. When you tell people the dangers of using toxic cosmetics, a common response is, “I only use a little bit.” Yet, it’s not taken into account that the product is used every single day. These chemicals accumulate in the body….so what you use day after day year after year collects and collects. Research shows this and has found talc particles in ovarian cancer tumors! There are serious health risks when using talc powder. I uncovered this shocking connection while doing research for my upcoming ebook, Saving Face: Bogus Beauty and the Toxic Beast. I wish my mother would have questioned more the ingredients she used when she was alive. It might have made a big difference. My only wish now is to help other women keep their mothers by making educated personal care product choices.
This devastating event in my life led me to educate myself about cosmetic ingredients and change my diet as well as my beauty regimen. I realized the air and water was not the only thing polluted…so was my body! I started this blog and began work on my ebook. My mission is to change one woman at a time by educating them about the truth behind their personal care products so they can make choices which work holistically to enhance rather than harm their health. As we wrap up 2010, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for reading my blog and joining me on this journey. Be sure to hang around in 2011 as exciting updates are in the works for Toxic Beauty Blog. Happy holidays and all my best to you and yours!
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