why i use non toxic makeup, why i live a non toxic lifestyle, why i only use clean and natural makeup

 "Chemical exposure has been linked to rising rates in breast cancer, asthma, autism, reproductive problems, and other health issues. Many chemicals in personal care products have never been tested for safety, and may also accumulate and interact in potentially harmful ways."

 I can't count how many times I've came across articles that said things like the above statement and up until a few years ago, I would click the X button and move on. Why?

Because I didn't believe it.  I thought well if it's that bad for you, why can they sell things with these chemicals in them?
If it's that dangerous for your health, why are celebrities and magazines advertising these products?  And if it's really that bad for you then why is it not making us all sick?

And that's when it hit me, we are all getting sick. 
As a nation we have been getting sicker and sicker for years and there has got to be a reason.  It's crept up on us all so slowly that we now just accept it as the norm, we forget that it wasn't always like this.

More than 150 million Europeans now suffer from a chronic allergic disease and it's currently estimated that by 2025 half of the entire EU population will be affected.
By 2020 its predicted that one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime.  The risk of getting cancer for people born in 1960 onwards has increased from the 1930's by a staggering 50%.

Right now the world has never been more advanced than it is today, scientists are making medical discoveries constantly and saving people from disease and illness that would have killed them only a handful of years ago, so we have to ask ourselves why are we all getting sicker?

We all know diet and lifestyle play the biggest role in these statistics but what I began to realise was that toxic chemicals might do too.
So around two years ago I decided to not ignore it anymore, to stop X'ing out of articles about links between toxic chemicals in our everyday lives and our declining health and started researching.

So I read and watched and learned and then read some more.  Once I was done educating myself on the mere basics I vowed to keep learning and not stop.  I decided to remove as many potentially toxic chemicals from my personal beauty and household routines as I could.  It's a slow process and one that is never going to be perfect but its been such an overwhelming, positive and life affirming experience for me.

But let's be honest there is only so much we can control in life.  Polluted air, genetics and bad luck can't be protected against.  Just because you change what beauty products you use doesn't mean you have immunity from all the bad things that can happen to your health but it does mean your giving yourself a fighting chance.

So that's my explanation on why I went natural and also my reason for refusing to share or promote any beauty, skincare or household related item on here that isn't non toxic.  I don't want to be a part of that any more.

thirteen:fourteen is a space that promotes us all to learn and empower one another, no matter what our differences are.
There is no wrong or right here and no judgement whatsoever on what you choose to believe or how you live.  We are all learning and what I choose might not be what you choose and that's ok.  None of us have the answers on this crazy life journey we are on.

To find out more about the information and statistics listed in this article, read the studies and research links provided..
1. Harvard
2. Allergy UK
3.  Macmillan