I’ve been trying to take care of my health and look better. I must be looking pretty good, because I catch that Amos staring a little longer than usual and he stares when he thinks I can’t see him. His attention is nice, but I’ve got better reasons to take care of myself: namely me.
Prevention published this article I found Is This Why Your Heels Crack? and it is filled with some great information about the challenges of beauty treatments and diabetes. You probably remember my article Diabetic Spa and Beauty Treatment Precautions, where I discuss being careful with manicures and pedicures. I’ve since learned so much more. For example, I’m in the process of reading the labels on all of my personal care products to see if they contain phthalates or chemicals that can harm the endocrine system of our bodies. Phthalates are thought to make diabetes worse. I can’t have that.
I’m cleaning out my products but want to share a list of products that are phthalates-free. This is by no means an endorsement of the products but the examples might help you make a decision for yourself.
Breast Cancer Action has posted a list of companies that do not use phthalates. I didn’t recognize most of the brand names but if you visit their sites you’ll notice what I noticed about the selection of products. I suppose we don’t always have to buy the products we know by name.
Hope this information helps. I know it can be a bit of an inconvenience to know so much, but we diabetics have to take better care of health and our beauty.
Take care now!