A lot of people are promoting organic skincare these days. Others are taking it a step further by saying that their products are vegan too. My drains were clogging up the other day and my mum brought acoustic soda to unclog them. Caustic soda is also used to make soap! They call it lye or sodium hydroxide. So imagine using the same thing you use to unclog your drains on your face! yikes!
I wanted to write this blog in order for you to understand what the buzz is all about.
Did you know that cosmetics are one of the least regulated consumer products on the market today and that most ingredients have never been assessed for safety in the US? According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, only about 13 percent of ingredients used in personal care products have been reviewed by a self-regulated industry, and more than 1 in 5 products contain chemicals linked to cancer. This is seen in the recent case with Johnson and Johnson. They had to pay $72 million in a case for damages. They were sued because their talc powder, allegedly, contained an ingredient that caused ovarian cancer.
Now you can see the problems associated with synthetic cosmetic products that are cheap and easily available to you on the high street. But most of us are like me before I knew better! I didn’t stop to think what’s in this stuff? Should I actually read the label? And even if I do, do I know what these ingredients are, or how to even pronounce them?
The bad stuff
- Talc – Also known as hydrous magnesium silicate, talc is a highly toxic ingredient that’s similar to asbestos. Why would you want that on your skin?!
- Benzoyl peroxide – found in acne products, benzoyl peroxide strips moisture and can irritate the skin and eyes.
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) and Triethanomaline (TEA) – these foamy ingredients are major irritants and can also cause dermatitis.
- Dioxin – used in ‘antibacterial’ products, dioxin has been linked to a laundry list of health problems, including nervous system disorders.
- Imidazolidinyl – this preservative releases a chemical called formaldehyde, which can prompt allergies, headaches, joint pain and skin reactions.
- Methyl, Propyl, Butyl and Ethyl parabens – used as preservatives to extend the shelf life of products, parabens are notorious for causing allergic reactions, skin rashes, and triggering hormone imbalances.
- Synthetic fragrances – any beauty products labelled with “fragrance” are like drugs: you have no way of knowing what’s in them. What we do know is that they’re loaded with chemicals. Headaches, dizziness, rashes, respiratory problems and discolouration are all common side effects. Our advice? Pass on the scents!
- Phenoxyethanol – A common synthetic ingredient found in many skin care products as a preservative. Not accepted by the organic certification board and linked to skin and eye irritations.
Organic skincare is extremely beneficial to your skin’s health. Your skin is constantly changing and growing. More and more companies are putting harmful, dangerous chemicals into their skincare products that can cause long term damage to skin, because its cheap and drives up their profits. Organic skincare is the safest, most effective solution to your skin’s needs. Plus, Organic skincare has more benefits than just nourished skin.
It’s important to treat your body as if it were a temple. Organic skincare is not only safer, but since it contains all natural products, it works so much better. It nourishes your skin and lasts all day with the added benefit of not clogging pores. It’s also great on sensitive skin and it does wonders when it is irritated. So do your body a favour and switch to organic skincare! My mum had extremely sensitive skin and we had no idea what was causing it. I later created a face wash for her that doesn’t contain soap or any of the bad stuff and her skin cleared up! Her self-esteem and confidence was affected. So we started off with the DIY recipes as they were the safest till I figured out what she needed. Remember what I mentioned above about caustic soda…
- Don’t throw away everything! Not quite the answer you expected, right? It’s important to take a less drastic approach in case you go through a detox phase, which often does happen.Try to wean yourself off it slowly. Begin to use it only once a day instead of twice and use the natural one the second time. Then decrease it more and more each week until you don’t need it anymore. Detox symptoms are just an example of how dependent our bodies have become on these harmful chemicals. You may still detox, but it will be much easier for you. Don’t be too hard on yourself and take one thing at a time. Otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed and give up. The bottom line is when you know better, you do better. And now you know.
- Simplify your beauty routine. How many body care products (including cosmetics) do you use per day? Ever counted? After you do that, count the number of ingredients in each product and then add them all together. Are you applying thousands of chemicals in combination each day? Do you really need separate creams for your eyes, face, body, hands, feet, etc? Your health, wallet and cabinet space say… no! Maintain good skin by making DIY recipes which are pretty effective and eating and drinking right. My FREE ebook has over 44 things you can do and you can try them out.
- Ask for samples first. This helps weed out the products you don’t like. Check for trial or travel sizes even if you have to buy them, but many times, if you just ask – you shall receive. Only splurge on full size products that you absolutely LOVE and know you will use. If you access the free ebook, you will have access to another book I which tells you the correct way of testing products especially when you have to test in the store.
- Learn to read labels. Look past pretty bottles, ignore miraculous marketing claims and go directly to the ingredients! Just because a company says its “healthy,” “100% natural,” “pure,” “botanical” or “organic” doesn’t mean that it actually is. These terms are used frivolously and have saturated the market. I have listed what to look out for so you are half way there!
- Know your ingredients. What goes for one doesn’t always go for all, so never trust an entire company or product line. They will encourage you to use their whole line because they each compliment each other and so. Go product-by-product and read every single ingredient on the label. If you’re not sure what it is or if the company doesn’t disclose all (only mentions key ingredients – which happens a lot), don’t buy the product. Short lists made up of common kitchen ingredients are best. Don’t buy anything you wouldn’t eat if you had to.
- Your pocket should decide! Ask yourself: “Grocery (in this case, healthy beauty) bills now, or medical bills later,” when trying to justify the cost of your new natural/organic lifestyle. Companies only produce products that sell. And since YOU are the target market, you get to choose.