12 Ways to Detox Your Skin Care Routine


Avoid These 12 Ingredients and You’ll Be More Beautiful –

From the Inside Out!

Don’t judge a book by its cover or a face by the perfection of its skin!  As a functional medicine doctor, I address the health of my patients from every angle and know first-hand that what is going on inside the body is critical.   In fact, what you are putting on the outside of your body may actually be harming your health from the inside.  Toxins come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  [Click to Tweet]  It is important to know what’s in your skin care regimen so that it does not hurt you from the inside and out.

It is well-known that the FDA does not strictly regulate cosmetic and skin products.  It is also well-established that profit is often considered more important than the best interest of the person.   As a result, skin care products can have misleading labels which try to make you feel better about using a product that is not good for you.  Buzz words like “natural” and “organic” may not always be as health friendly as you would like to believe.  “Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s ‘made with organic’ if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.”[1]

David Suzuki, a scientist and environmental activist, suggests that you consider the “dirty dozen” of ingredients when considering what skin care products to buy.[2]  Below is the list of chemicals to avoid to limit any irreversible damage to your humanly potential.

  1. BHA and BHT
  2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colors listed as “CL” followed by a 5-digit number.
  3. DEA related ingredients
  4. Dibutyl Thalate
  5. Formaldehyde releasing preservatives
  6. Parabens
  7. Parfum
  8. PEG Compounds
  9. Petrolatum
  10. Siloxanes
  11. Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  12. Triclosan

How about the deodorant you are wearing?  Do you wear one of the commercially popular antiperspirants??  I sure don’t.  That doesn’t mean your odor will drive people away.  There are many safe alternatives to an antiperspirant/deodorant that has aluminum.  [Click to Tweet]  We know that aluminum is one of the heavy metal toxins that can create DIS-EASE in the body.  Having a build up of such metals may act as an endocrine disruptor or lodge deep into tissue causing a perpetual inflammatory process.   On an even more basic level, for an antiperspirant to stop you from sweating, it must clog your sweat glands/pores!  This seems like a good idea because to avoid embarrassment during an important meeting or presentation, but is it really worth it??    The innate wisdom that cleanses our bodies uses the underarm area as a drain pipe to get rid of certain toxic build up in the body.  Does it make sense to clog the drain?  But, don’t sweat the small stuff.  You can find aluminum-free deodorant that is a more health-conscious choice.  Salt crystals are another alternative to help neutralize odor without potential negative implications.

Remember, beauty is only skin deep.  I know from my patients that the better you take care of your body from the inside out, the more beautiful you will be – not just today or tomorrow, but for the long-term!

Have you tried the EWG website discussed in our blog post of April 19th?  Click here to read it and to check out the EWG website and check the toxin levels of all of your beauty products

Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
May 27, 2015


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio

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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey, Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/20-toxic-ingredients-avoid-when-buying-body-care-products-and-cosmetics.html
[2] www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals
Graphic: http://www.honeycolony.com/article/is-your-makeup-toxic/



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