LABELING is the name of the game when you want to get familiar with your skincare products, to determine how their ingredients might impact your overall wellness – but why stop there? Let’s take a deeper dive into your daily essentials and discover what might put you or your body at a harmful disadvantage:

Deodorant: Ingredients have been the subject of much debate in recent years – particularly aluminum. But that’s not all to watch out for. Sneaky additives like parabens, fragrances and phthalates can make your choice of antiperspirant far more important than many people know. Underarm lymph nodes are exposed to anything you apply to that area, and you should consider this when stocking up on your next deodorant. Some safer alternatives include more natural brands like Native or Schmidt’s.

Toothpaste: Much like deodorant, toothpaste is another highly scrutinized household essential. Ingredients like fluoride create a variety of concerns for its potential impact, one of the frontrunners being the calcification of the pineal gland – which regulates our melatonin levels, reproductive functions and circadian rhythm. When calcification occurs, we’re left with an overall diminished functioning capacity. Physical and visual indicators that your toothpaste is not agreeable is acneic breakouts around the mouth. Taking steps to reduce your fluoride intake, particularly in water or beauty products, is highly recommended.

Shampoo & Conditioner: If you’ve suffered breakouts along your hairline, neck, chest or back – there’s a good chance that your shower essentials can be the cause. Heavy, moisturizing ingredients and preservatives like petrolatum, silicones, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, fillers and alcohols are typically added to provide a synthetic shine and moisturizing appeal – but more often than not, they’re actually clogging your pores. A Facial Lounge favorite is Nutribiotic’s water-based, fragrance-free shampoo and conditioners that are vegan and irritant-free.

Body Wash: When we think of skincare, we typically think of the skin on our face, neck and chest – but what about the other 90% of our bodies? It deserves love too. Facial Lounge deems Nutribiotic’s Non-Soap Skin Cleanser safe for all “pits and parts” thanks to the pH-balanced, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic formulas found in both their Original and Sensitive product lines. When compared to over-the-counter alternatives, these gels and body washes are trustworthy vegan products that won’t clog pores or strip your skin of its natural barriers.

Detergent: Another culprit for body acne, rash or irritation could very well be your detergent. Many contain synthetic ingredients that act as irritants, and since its used to clean items like pillowcases, clothes and bedding, the likelihood of a reaction after contact increases. Our Orange County neighbors at Eco Now sell and promote an array of green, household items, encouraging customers to make the clean switch. Thea, founder of Eco Now, describes their intent as “two different facets for a company direction: good for you and good for the earth.” Everything available at their location within The Lab in Costa Mesa is paraben-free, without artificial fragrances and bio-degradable. Their ECOS Detergent is developed from a plant-based formula, making it hypoallergenic and the perfect staple for all towels and linens here at the Facial Lounge.

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