You may consider changing your diet if you want to boost your metabolism and lose weight, or if you have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. But, you also have to look at what you use on your body too. Just because you picked up something from the drug store, doesn’t mean that it is safe.

Cosmetics and personal care products are a huge source of hormone disrupting chemicals. More than 1,110 personal-product ingredients have been banned for use in cosmetics by the European Union because of concerns that they may cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive problems. In contrast, only 10 are banned in the U.S. In Canada, we have a hotlist of ingredients that are prohibited, but there is no legal authority to enforce it.

It may also be tricky to decipher what you are looking for because there are about 4,000 chemicals in these products with questionable ingredients. In addition, you may not always find it on the label because manufacturers do not have to list everything. For instance, formaldehyde is a known cancer-causing agent and is often found in products because it is released as a by-product of preservatives that are added. Companies are not required to list all of the chemicals in the ‘fragrance’ of their product, as it’s considered trade secrets or proprietary information.

You already realize the importance of eating healthy, chemical-free foods, isn’t it time that you stop drawing a line between the products that you put into your body versus those that you put on it? By choosing to use only natural and organic skin care products, you can rest assured that what you are using is having a net positive effect on your skin and your body as a whole.

To learn more, speak to our Doctors to learn about all of the Naturopath-approved, safe and effective natural skin care options available at Bronte Wellness Boutique in Oakville, Ontario. We look forward to helping you not only feel great on the outside, but on the inside too.