Is your skincare messing with your hormones?

Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It contains three layers to protect us, but readily absorbs everything that is applied and enters it into the bloodstream. As a society, we are consumed with tons of lotions, potions, and creams to help with anti-wrinkle, anti-age, and acne fighting. Almost all of those products contain harsh chemicals and parabens to make the products work but as you may be seeing results on the outside, you could be doing some permanent damage on the inside. As those chemicals penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream, our immune system is compromised. It hinders our bodies ability to fight off disease and eventually will lead to serious issues like auto-immune diseases and cancers.

Did you know that The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? How can that be? How is that even legal? Those were my thoughts exactly when I started investigating my products 5 years ago. Beyond that, other countries have put a complete ban on over 1,300 chemicals in the formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date.

This means that unwillingly, we have been exposed to over 1,200 chemicals and toxic ingredients that we had no knowledge over. It's time we take back our health. We have the power to reduce our exposure by staying educated and switching to non-toxic products. 

According to breastcancer.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer, these toxic ingredients are considered hormone disruptors. This can affect how estrogen and other hormones act in the body, by blocking them or mimicking them, which throws off the body's hormonal balance. Because estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer develop and grow, many women choose to limit their exposure to these chemicals that can act like estrogen.

So, why is excess estrogen bad? By disrupting the hormones and increasing estrogen in the body, you can experience all sorts of side effects. 

  • bloating
  • swelling and tenderness in the breasts
  • decreased sex drive
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • headaches
  • mood swings
  • fibrocystic developments in the breast
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • cold hands or feet
  • feeling tired or lacking energy
  • difficulty with memory
  • trouble sleeping
  • increased symptoms of premenstrual syndrome or PMS

Prolonged exposure to excess estrogen or ignoring these symptoms can result in many long-term health concerns such as infertility and cancer.

This does not only effect women. When men are exposed to excess estrogen they will have many side effects too.

  • Infertility. Estrogen is partly responsible for creating healthy sperm. When estrogen levels are high, sperm levels in semen may fall. This can lead to fertility issues.
  • Gynecomastia. Estrogen may stimulate breast tissue growth. Men with too much estrogen may start developing larger breasts.
  • Erectile dysfunction. A balance of both testosterone and estrogen is important for healthy sexual growth and development. Sexual function may be impacted when these hormones become imbalanced. Men with high levels of estrogen may have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.

As annoyed as my hubby gets each time I take a product away from him and replace it with a non-toxic version, he understands that its not worth putting that on or in his body and experiencing these symptoms. 

Switching to organic, vegan and gluten-free products is a good start, but there are even more hidden chemicals out there that they sneak in. Here are my top 3 worst ingredients.

  • Synthetic Fragrance: an engineered scent or flavoring agent that may contain any combination of 3,000-plus stock chemical ingredients, including hormone disruptors and allergens. Fragrance formulas are protected under federal law’s classification of trade secrets and therefore can remain undisclosed. Found in: all types of cosmetics.
  • Parabens  (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine (or hormone) disruptors, which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
  • Phthalates  (DBP, DEHP, DEP and others): a class of plasticizing chemicals used to make products more pliable or to make fragrances stick to skin. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and may cause birth defects. Found in: synthetic fragrance, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.
     

But that's just scratching the surface. It's time to investigate your products and starting to make the switch. You can find my full printable PDF guide "Toxic No-No's" here. Print it out and cross check your products to ensure that you are being safe when you smear it on.

Here is a list of my favorite non-toxic beauty brands.

1. Kenna Nicole Products (for perfume and safe candles)

2. Dirty Girl Farm (for beauty and home products)

3. Dauphine Beaute (for the perfect skin care regime, use code JRW20 for discount)

4. Juice Beauty (for makeup)

5. Beauty by earth (for sunscreen)

In addition to your beauty care line, you may want to take a gander into your home cleaning products too. One of my favorite resources for shopping dry food items, healthy beauty, and clean home products is Thrive Market. They have every product I want and you can get up to 40% off retail pricing! Organic, gluten-free, non-toxic, and safe for everyone. You can even shop by specific needs. Shop this link for Thrive Market and get an additional 20% off your first three orders!

If you suspect that you are having hormonal balance issues and would like some help in making changes and healing your body, start here with your 30 minute consultation and health history. 

Making small changes can have an incredible impact on your short-term and long-term health. I encourage you to be an investogator for you and your familiy's wellness.

XO Jaclyn Renee


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Hello glow, Goodbye dry

From the moment I flip on the heat in early November, I'm battling dry skin. It seems like I could drink an entire pool of water and I still am scratching. Last year I tried lotion after lotion to seek moisture but nothing would help. 

Then I started to investigate my beauty products early this year and had a huge "aha" moment. For one, I was basically slathering toxic ingredients all over my body by not investigating the ingredients in my products. Eeeek! Second, I was going about treating my skin the wrong way. I started to research products and what really caused dry skin. Since going chemical free in all of my beauty products like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, makeup, etc my skin has been way less dry. Plus, I've seen some relief in my constant sneezing and allergies.

From there I developed a quick 4-step guide to keeping skin incredibly soft and moisturized through the whole winter season. It will exfoliate the dead skin, keep you soft and glowing, and even detox the body from the inside out. 

Step 1:

Dry brushing

Dry brushing is an incredible self-care ritual used to exfoliate skin, detox organs, and aid in elimination through the lymphatic system. When applied to the body in circular motions it stimulates bloodflow and helps the body eliminate waste. Start the ritual on dry skin with a dry brush on your ankles and work you way up the body slowly towards the heart. At the very end pay attention to the chest, breastbone, and underarm area as this is where the lymphatic system drains. Dirty girl farm makes my favorite dry brush.

 

Step 2:

Slather your body with coconut oil. Take your time and massage tight spots of the body. Use the same method and flow of the dry brushing as you work your way up. Make sure to get every crevice with the oil and finish by rubbing behind your ears and earlobes. This daily ritual is relaxing and will help de-stress the mind. Since we are putting it on the body and not eating it, I opt for a slightly less expensive brand like Trader Joe's. Their Organic virgin coconut oil is a steal at $5.99 a jar. Don't like the smell of coconuts? They also carry an extra filtered option with no smell. 

 

Step 3:

Only wash the privates

Trust me, there is no amount of dirt on your body that won't come off with a little warm water. In the summer, we sweat more and are exposed to more outdoor activities.  That is why in the winter, I like to leave the soap to just my private parts (where the sun don't shine as they say!) Plus, this will keep the coconut oil active as a moisturizer throughout the day. It's extremely important to use non-toxic soap and other beauty products on your body. Your skin is your largest organ and the most absorbing. Fragrances, parabens and many other toxic ingredients will disrupt your hormones by increasing estrogen levels. Overtime, this can be very harmful to your adrenals and endocrine system and could result in diseases as alarming as cancer. My favorite gentle soap is the Citrus Mimosa Body Wash from my go-to non-toxic beauty line Beautycounter. It has a light citrus scent from natural essential oils and keeps me clean without overdrying. 

 

Step 4: 

Dab and slather

After your shower, just lightly dab yourself with the towel instead of rubbing the water off. While you are still a little wet, slather lotion all over your body and let it soak in while you finish getting ready. I like to keep my scents consistent even if they are natural. Beautycounter makes an excellent lotion to pair with the body wash in the Citrus Mimosa scent. In the past, when I have tried a non-toxic lotion, I was left with a gunky mess. This light lotion goes on clean and keeps me hydrated all day. The consistency is perfect and it's easy to rub in. Citrus Mimosa Body Lotion

 

Voila! There you have it. Gorgeous, glowing skin through the whole winter. I know what you are thinking... Do I have to do this ritual every time I shower??? Personally, I like to do the whole routine twice a week. It's a nice treat for myself to rejuvenate and unwind. Always repeat steps 3 and 4 when you shower. Also, this could easily work with a bath. Follow the same steps and throw in some Epsom salts for an added detox benefit. Remember, we cannot serve from an empty vessel so use this ritual as a method of taking care of yourself. Light a candle and play some music that puts you in a good mood. It's a great way to start a busy day or relax after a long one. 

Xo Jaclyn Renee

** A core principle of the Jaclyn Renee Wellness program is to choose organic whenever possible. This includes all fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, flours, nuts, and even spices. Reducing your exposure to pesticides and chemicals is a major part in healing your body and preventing disease. 


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