Is your skincare messing with your hormones? I’ve got answers.

If you read my RWDRT post on Moonbox founder, Nikki Gonda, then you will be especially interested in the post she wrote for us on how skincare affects your hormones!  When I found out about the work Nikki was doing for women’s health in general, I knew she’d not only make a fabulous RWDRT, but also a great resource for all things hormones and health.  Here’s what she has to say about skincare and its effects on your hormones…

You are exposed to more chemicals in 30 days than your grandparents were in their entire lives! Many of us don’t think twice about our face cleansers, makeup, toothpaste or deodorant we use on a daily basis. But what if I told you that many of these every-day essentials may be messing with your hormones & contributing to menstrual problems.

How? Because the ingredients used in most mainstream brands today contain endocrine disrupting chemicals, some known as xenoestrogens – meaning that they can mimic the functions of natural estrogen in your body, causing a build-up of estrogen and leaving you vulnerable to the symptoms & conditions that come hand in hand with this current worldwide phenomenon called, estrogen dominance. In fact you may already be familiar with PMS, cramps, tender breasts, acne, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, low libido, ovarian cysts, fatigue, fibroid, PCOS or Endometriosis, all of which are symptoms of estrogen dominance.

If you experience any of the above, this is your body’s way of communicating to you that there is an imbalance that needs addressing & it’s time for you to start making changes in your life to rebalance your delicate endocrine system and regain your vitality and wellbeing. It is possible to experience pain-free, happier and healthier periods!

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, absorbing anything and everything you apply to it, allowing chemicals to enter your bloodstream. So one way to help your body detox from excess estrogen is to become aware of which products you use every day that contain the highest levels of xenoestrogens, so that you can avoid them as much as possible!

My top tips:

Read the labels on your personal care products like shampoos, perfumes, condoms, skin care, makeup, nail polish, hair dyes, sunscreens, tooth paste, deodorants etc.

A few commonly used endocrine-disrupting chemicals to be aware of are:

  • Parabens
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Phthalates
  • Talc
  • Parrafin & petrolatum
  • Fragrance (this tern can hide up to 200 ingredients)
  • Stearalkonium chloride

There’s a great free app you can download right now called Think Dirty. Behind the cheeky name is an app that tells what’s in your products and grades them on their levels of toxicity. Genius!

When you run out of one product, replace it with its non-toxic alternative! This shouldn’t be about buying MORE stuff. It’s about making informed & gradual changes so to avoid overwhelm!

Opt for 100% natural skin care products: Non-toxic and organic are best. A few of my fave brands are Weleda, Ere Perez. Tata Harper Skincare, RMSbeauty and Dr Bronners (I’m not sponsored to promote these guys – I genuinely love these brands and their products.)

Our exposure to environmental toxins is now higher than ever. Xenoestrogens are not only hidden in your skincare but also the food we eat, household items, menstrual products, tap water, plastics and hormonal birth control. It’s time to become a conscious, safer consumer!

To learn more, check out @mymoonbox (our September box is featured above) for more tips on how you can improve your menstrual health naturally! To download my free e-book on relieving period pain, head to www.mymoonbox.com.au.

Image borrowed from Dr. Bronner