Death by body wash

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There’s nothing sexier than a good smelling man … well, he also needs to be well-groomed, but smelling good is a great start. I, too, had favorite scrub-spray-lotion combinations. That is, until I had to pay closer attention to the allergens in my life.

I know what you’re thinking—how can personal hygiene be a bad thing? But have you ever considered what happens to products once you rub it into your skin?

The largest living organ in the body is the skin and it’s very porous. The same way automobile exhaust and direct sunlight is harmful, it’s the same way many conventional perfumes, soaps and deodorants have effects on the body, especially if your immune system is compromised. I have a friend with a rare form of cancer, and she learned the hard way about personal products and allergens—she can’t even tolerate unscented mainstream brands anymore.

What about you? Do you know the contents of your favorite shampoo? When next you go grocery shopping, do a random sampling then Google some of the other uses for these ingredients.

I’m not saying go all crazy and retire to the woods, wear a loincloth and kill your own food. But, knowledge is power; use it to make better choices in your overall healthcare. Include more natural-based products. Crystal stone deodorants (contains no aluminum chlorhydrate) and is a great substitute, so are pure therapeutic and essential oils, and products with herbs such as green tea leaf, flower essences and root extracts (especially for face and neck).

Sure, it’s easier said than done, and with some many “dangerous” habits and health pitfalls in today’s modern world, who can really absorb and practice it all without going bat-stir-crazy? Do you believe there’s a happy medium to be had here? Where do you draw the line?

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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