7. Chemical-Enriched Cosmetics
From shampoo to lipstick, from nail polish to sunscreen, there are many cosmetic products that both women and men use on a daily basis. When it comes to cosmetic products, the market is flooded with chemical-enriched products, which increases the chance of choosing the bad over the good.
Using the wrong product means you are getting exposed to toxic chemicals, which includes lead, beryllium, thallium, cadmium, arsenic and so on. These harmful chemicals can be found in different makeup items, including foundations, powders, blushes, mascaras, eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks and lip glosses.
When shopping for cosmetics, opt for those with mineral-based pigments and natural oils. Choose soaps and shampoos free of synthetic fragrances and chemicals like triclosan, which can alter hormone regulation in the body.
Instead of using inexpensive sunscreens made with oxybenzone, which may cause health problems when it penetrates the skin, always opt for one made from minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Be sure to check the expiration date of cosmetic products and discard the items accordingly.
8. Frayed and Worn-Out Toothbrushes
As you use your toothbrush, the bristles get worn down and frayed. Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush that has frayed bristles does not clean your teeth properly. Such a toothbrush is less effective at removing the plaque and calculus that accumulates on your teeth. Hence, you need to throw away worn-out toothbrushes for optimum oral health.
According to the American Dental Association, if you are brushing twice daily as recommended, you will need to replace your toothbrush every three months. If you do notice your toothbrush fraying well before the three-month mark, you may be brushing too hard and damaging your teeth.
To prevent your toothbrush from getting damaged, always store it properly – upright and dry. It is also recommended to store your toothbrush in its case to prevent mold and bacterial growth.
However, before storing your toothbrush, it is important to properly clean it by rinsing it thoroughly with tap water.