How Do Beauty Products Affect ADHD?

How Do Beauty Products Affect ADHD?

We all want to look and feel beautiful, but ignoring the ingredients of your favourite beauty products, even those labeled ‘natural’ or ‘organic’, could result in long-term and serious health issues!

Your beauty products may smell incredible, make your hair feel softer, your skin smoother and leave you looking fabulous.  However – if you’re not paying attention to the ingredients, you’re probably exposing yourself to a toxic cocktail of chemicals EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Recently an exponential rise in health problems such as cancer, autoimmunity, infertility, hormonal imbalances, birth defects, obesity, mental health, autism and learning difficulties has arisen.

These problems have been linked to exposure to chemicals and often those chemicals are found in beauty products.

Now scientific research suggests exposure to these types of toxic chemicals may be a contributing factor in disorders such as ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities.  Small children and babies are particularly vulnerable to chemical exposures as they are smaller and their biological systems are still developing.  In utero, during foetal development, even minuscule levels of toxins at critical times, can impact a child’s brain and physical health causing disruption to brain development and allowing disabilities like ADHD to occur.

The Endocrine Society states: “numerous neurotransmitter systems, such as dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, glutamate, and others, are sensitive to endocrine disruption. Exposure to even small doses of endocrine disruptors can wreak subtle or serious havoc with the human endocrine system, which is highly sensitive.”

Sadly, most people assume their products have been tested for long-term safety and would never dream they could cause negative health effects.

But did you know

1) The cosmetics industry is self-regulating, meaning those profiting from the sales of a product also determine its safety?

2) No health studies or testing are required to be carried out prior to selling cosmetic products – the chemicals used being deemed safe until proven otherwise?

3) Perfume, one seemingly innocent ingredient, combines hundreds of untested chemicals that companies are not required to disclose and can be one of the most toxic of all beauty products?

Our skin, the body’s largest organ, will absorb 60% of the chemicals placed on it directly into the blood stream in just 6 seconds.

Your skin is a mouth!  But considering our skin does not have digestive enzymes or a liver to break down these chemicals, putting them on your skin is potentially more dangerous than eating them!

Your body is designed to handle a certain level of toxins, but the reality is there are 1000s of untested chemicals used today and our bodies become overwhelmed by the constant onslaught.



The absolute best thing you can do for your physical and mental health is to use natural, chemical free, preferably fully certified organic.

I’ve been checking labels and only buying products that are chemical free and organic for quite some time now. I’ve ditched anything containing artificial fragrance or perfume and instead opt for beautiful, natural products that smell divine and I know I can trust.   I simply love using essential oils for all the therapeutic benefits they bestow on a physical and emotional level and simply the joy they bring as soon as you open the little bottles and breathe them in.

You can read more about research into toxins and how they affect the brain in the Mind Disrupted Report or in the book Our Stolen Future.

Having lived a low tox lifestyle for quite some time, with essential oils being part of my toolkit, I decided to join the DoTerra Essential Oils family.  Firstly to purchase some oils for myself and my family at a great price and to be able to continue to do so at a discounted price, and secondly to give myself the opportunity to further share my message of living a low tox lifestyle, with all the health benefits that bestows upon everyone, whilst giving others the opportunity to do likewise.   Perfect!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the wide-range of DoTerra products, have me a host an Essential Oils Class for you and your friends, are interested in joining to receive more products at great prices or to create a flexible, authentic and rewarding business for yourself, wherever you live in the world, please contact me here -I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

The author, Vivian Dunstan, is Founder & CEO of ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher, mentor, facilitator of Parenting Children with ADHD – a 6-week course, wellness advocate and an ADHD parent.