Hazardous chemicals. Aluminum. Hormone Disrupting Ingredients.
These are compounds that most of us DON’T associate with being in our beauty products. Well I am here to share some news… There are tons of these types of nasty ingredients lurking in almost ALL of your beauty products.
You wanna know how bad it really is? The FDA currently does not regulate or evaluate ANY of the beauty products on the market. So honestly, there could be just about any type of chemical product in them.
Most people make food their main focus when they are trying to clean up their lifestyle and choose healthier choices. I completely agree with this approach. Food is the most important thing to focus on first. And I fully intend to share more info on cleaning up your food supply in the near future.
If you have made the switch to organic food, nontoxic cleaning chemicals, organic tampons like the ones I talked about, then you are kicking butt. But there is another huge area that needs to have some light shed on it.
There are TONS of scary stuff hiding in them. Why is this bad? Because everything that you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. Your skin is a porous organ so whatever you apply to it, is going to end up on the inside of your body.
So if your products contain chemicals that you would never choose to eat in your food, you probably shouldn’t be putting them on your skin.
Ready to start of detoxifying your beauty regimen?! Ok, let’s dive into it together.
It is so overwhelming to figure out what should stay and what should go. Not to mention, there is so much money wrapped up in both the stuff you already own and the new products you should buy.
If you can’t stand to part with everything you own, here is the best way to transition…Take it slow. Use what you currently have and then once they are emptied, pick a better option.
I would rather you transition slowly than never do it because its too overwhelming, expensive, etc. I tend to struggle in the area of moderation. An all or nothing type of girl. But I have found that this is the best way to make a switch. Small changes. Little by little.
So let’s go over what ingredients you DON’T want…
Endocrine Disruptors | Parabens, Soy, Phthalates, BPA
These types of chemicals disrupt your natural hormone system. They can mimic, interfere, amplify, or shut down certain hormones in your endocrine system. They can also accumulate in your body, which is called bioaccumulation. All of these effects are bad for your health and should be avoided at all costs.
Heavy Metals | Aluminum, Lead, Mercury
Would you choose to drink some aluminum or lead? Yea, I didn’t think so. Well these types of heavy metals are found in lipsticks, eyeliner, foundation, and moisturizers. These can also bio-accumulate in your body.
Food Allergies | Gluten
Yes, us GF girls have to watch out for gluten in cosmetics! Gluten is an inexpensive binder that can be used in beauty products to keep the ingredients from separating. Make sure that you aren’t unintentionally ingesting gluten through your products.
Fragrance | Perfume, Parfum, Eau de Toilette
Any product that lists “fragrance” or “perfume” in the ingredients list is questionable. Fragrant chemicals can be made from petroleum, solvents, and dyes. So tread carefully with this one. I’ll explain more on this one in a minute.
Fluoride | Tooth Products
Did you know that fluoride is added to tap water? It is a process caused fluoridation. Most countries in Europe have banned this practice. So when you consume more fluoride through toothpaste products, you run the risk of consuming excessive amounts. If you would like to know more, this article is very helpful.
UNDERSTANDING BEAUTY LABELS
Don’t get tricked by the labels. “Organic” and “natural’ don’t mean a thing! Remember that beauty products claims are not investigated by the FDA. So those words being put on a label does not promise that the ingredients are non-toxic.
If you are feeling totally overwhelmed of how you are supposed to find new products, I am here to tell you about a great website you should check out. It is called EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.
This website contains a database of cosmetic items on the market. Each product is given a rating based upon what it contains. The ingredients are broken down into a list, and the concern with each chemical is explained.
It is such an easy way to find good brands. Case in point: I was trying out a perfume choice that I believed was in alignment with what I was looking for. The website advertised their perfume products as safe for you and the environment. When I was writing this post, I researched the chemicals in it using the EWG Database. Well…let’s just say that I won’t be buying that product again.
This website makes it really easy to NOT get suckered into products that claim to be “clean”. Check it out and see what I’m talking about.
Although the database has a lot of information and is constantly updating, not ALL beauty items are listed on it. So if you can’t find a product you currently own or want to buy, look at the ingredient label. You can enter questionable chemical names into the website, and receive a full write-up of that chemical. The inner science geek in me just loves this! No BS, no hidden propaganda being fueled by mega rich companies. Just pure scientific evidence.
STILL NEED SOME HELP ON WHERE TO START?
I gotcha covered, girl! I have put together a list of non-toxic beauty products that I fully stand behind. Their performance AND ingredients are top-notch.
My promise to you is that I will always stand behind what I post about. I will never compromise my values of using products that are clean AND never post about something that doesn’t align with my beliefs.
I have found that in following other bloggers that post about beauty products, I feel like I never know which ones they are actually using on a daily basis. If there are 10 different posts about facial cleansers that they are loving, how do you know which one works? It is my mission to be as transparent as possible with you guys. I will share what I actually use. If I find something that works better, I will let it be known. And I refuse to take a sponsorship that does not fit with my standards.
No amount of money offered to me will change my resolve to only post about products that I feel good about putting on my body, perform well, and that I would buy on my own anyways. And if I share something that you find out has some bad stuff in it, let me know. It is always my goal to share the best information. But I am human and am always learning too.
This is a battle that we gotta fight together.
Only once we start demanding more transparency in the beauty industry, will changes be made. Until then, the best way to ignite change is to vote with your dollars. Where you spend your money makes the biggest impact.
If you aren’t in a position to clean out your whole supply, start slow. One product at a time. Remember one of my favorite quotes: Gradual progression is better than prolonged perfection.
Lots of love my beauties!