When browsing the beauty aisle, Sophie says to look for "paraben-free" products, like those pictured above. "Parabens are preservatives, and they can be hormone disrupters," she says. "Parabens are in everything. They're in shampoos, body lotions, face creams. … There's conflicting advice, but I stay away."
Sophie says brands like Method are a good option, but if you're not sure whether a product is paraben-free, just check the ingredients list. Parabens are always present if "ethyl parabens" or "methyl parabens" are listed.
Another thing Sophie recommends avoiding is anything that lists fragrance or parfum. "Fragrance is a term that is ubiquitously used to mask a number of chemicals—dodgy chemicals—that may be in your products," Sophie says.
A group of these chemicals called phthalates are used to make plastic soft and gives lotion its creamy texture, Sophie says. "Phthalates are also hormone disrupters and are pretty toxic," she says. "So, again, you want to try and avoid them."
Not sure which brands are fragrance-free? Try Aubrey Organics or Burt's Bees. "Two fantastic companies," Sophie says. "Can't go wrong with either of them."
Your antiperspirant may be keeping you dry, but you might start sweating a little more when you find out about the chemicals that could be in it. Sophie says trace amounts of aluminum are found in antiperspirant only—not necessarily all deodorants. "I stay away from it because it's a neurotoxin," she says.
Sophie's favorite alternative is called Herbal Magic. Julia, however, uses nothing. "I don't, no," she says. "But sometimes midday at work I freshen up."
"You always smell so good," Oprah says. "What do you do?"
"I can't give away all my movie secrets," Julia jokes.
Read the label before you reapply your face cream. If it has germall as an ingredient, you might want to think twice. "This releases toxic gases from the formaldehyde," Sophie says.
Looking for a new face-friendly moisturizer? Sophie recommends trying brands like Dr. Hauschka and Suki.
The final ingredient to watch for is another hormone disrupter called sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. "[It's] a foaming ingredient which is used in toothpastes and in shampoos, and it's also used in antifreeze and in car shops," Sophie says. "[It's] a good idea to try and stay away from that."
If you can't remember what you should be looking out for while choosing a product, Sophie has an easy shopping strategy for you to use. "If you see a long list of ingredients with lots of numbers and names that you can't pronounce, you probably need to be looking for something else."
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