Maybe its natural, and maybe you’re worth it. Actually, it is definitely natural, effective, and you are totally worth it! We are talking clean personal products and cosmetics that are good for you and the planet. It is time for you to ditch the cheap, toxic and popular brands of personal care products that are filled with toxic chemicals. According to the FDA, cosmetics include skin moisturizers, perfume, lipsticks, nail polish, makeup, shampoos, toothpastes, deodorants, and hair products. So this category includes the fellas too! Even though, women are likely to use twice as much of products, cosmetics doesn’t just mean makeup. It applies to all the hygiene and beauty related products we use on a daily basis.
We aren’t kidding about the “no nasties” rule! Cosmetics contain harmful ingredients that include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, developmental disorders, and hormone disruptors. WTF! Yes, most of these ingredients are banned in European countries, but are still allowed in America and other countries. Why would it possibly be ok to apply any product that was even manufactured near these ingredients on your skin? We want you empower you with knowledge and be aware in order to make smarter decisions for your precious skin. Don’t be completely disheartened, the good news is that the power of choice lies within you. There are plenty of natural brands and educative tools to learn from to make the switch on our awesome quest to a natural lifestyle.
It is a fact most cosmetics such as lotions, deodorants, eyeshadow, lipsticks, and other products are routinely tested for skin reactions such as allergies and irritations. However, most products are not even tested for short-term health effects, let alone any long term results concerning the safety of the ingredients. As a result, very little information is known about the long term impact of cosmetic products that actually contain carcinogens, which are cancer causing ingredients! The list of carcinogenic nasties include parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum, 1, 4 dioxane and other pesticides. According to Organic Consumers Association, people (let’s not leave the men killing the makeup scene, Drag Race anyone?) who wear makeup absorb up to 5 pounds of chemicals into their body each year and women use more than 20 different products each day! That is a lot of toxic absorption action.
In addition, the FDA doesn’t regulate any chemicals used in the cosmetics and the labels can be dangerously misleading. Not all labels are created equal or factual, so always double check your organic certification labels (see below). Let’s be smart consumers with a lot of respect for our environment.
Skin is your body’s largest organ so be good to it. According to Toxic Beauty, the carcinogens in cosmetics pose a greater risk of cancer to our bodies then ingesting through food because it absorbs into our circulatory system directly. It takes only 26 seconds for the chemicals to enter our bloodstream. Long gone are the days where you don’t pay attention to the weird scientific ingredients that you can barely pronounce let alone comprehend. You can educate yourself about these mystery ingredients and see how they affect you. This does not have to be complicated either. There are two awesome resources you can use to screen your products before you make a purchase. Check them out below:
Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: A cosmetic database that provides hazardous ratings per brand name or product that ranges from 1 to 10. 1 being the least toxic.
Think Dirty:An awesome and easy to use app that lets you scan your cosmetics. They call themselves the consumer revolution for safer cosmetics and we believe in them!
You can start small and transition one product at a time, but make the change to get rid of any toxic nasties in your cabinet. These resources above are a great way to guide you into your very own CLEAN BEAUTY & SKINCARE REVOLUTION.