Switch to Clean Beauty
Since our skin is our body’s largest organ it is so important to really take good care of it and being mindful of my personal care products. One of my goals is using safe beauty products and switch to non-toxic products. When I looked at all my skincare and makeup products, most of them are considered a toxic beauty product.
I discovered that many of the ingredients used to make some skin care and makeup products are toxins (ew, like rat poison) and may cause major long term health issues (such as cancer, birth defects, asthma, etc). I already have had my experiences with major health issues and trust me, I don’t want to go through another one. Which is why it is another reason why I’m making the switch to safe beauty. I want to do all that I can humanly possible to take better care of my health and hopefully prevent reoccurrence. Cancer is such a big part of my life and I know with simple changes as this can really make a difference.
Why I Am Making The Switch To Safe Beauty
I understand that some health issues are out of our control, like me getting diagnosed with breast cancer, but there are some things we can do to try to be preventative. So whatever I can control, I am willing to make those necessary changes. I also want to share that I am learning and starting to convert my beauty products into safe products.
Another thing that’s great when making the switch to clean products is that I love how they feel on my skin. I have very sensitive skin and they seem to be compatible with me. They’re also more effective. I notice my skin has more glow, less acne, etc.
Clean makeup is incredible. I’m not really big on makeup and to be honest my makeup only takes 5 minutes to do. But I’ve been so impressed with clean makeup. They don’t feel like you’re wearing makeup yet they’re long-lasting. It instantly gives you that no-makeup makeup look (if that’s what you’re looking for). Of course, they have options to give a more done-up make up too. My ALL TIME FAVORITE mascara is the ILIA limitless mascara. This mascara works better than other mascara I have ever used. So you don’t need to be into clean beauty to love it.
Sample of Ingredients to Look Out For
Here is a sample of harmful ingredients and harmful chemicals to look out for when buying cosmetics and skincare products.
One thing that is very important to look out for are products that consider themself as ‘natural beauty’. Natural beauty doesn’t necessary mean clean and non-toxic. That term is used very loosely in the beauty industry.
Also, just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean it is actually good for you. Put it this way… poison ivy is natural. But would you ever rub poison ivy all over you?
- Benzalkonium chloride: a disinfectant used as a preservative and surfactant associated with severe skin, eye, and respiratory irritation and allergies. Found in: sunscreens, moisturizers.
- BHA and BHT: synthetic antioxidants used to extend shelf life. They are likely carcinogens and hormone disruptors and may cause liver damage. Found in: lipsticks, moisturizers, diaper creams, and other cosmetics.
- Coal tar hair dyes and other coal tar ingredients: a byproduct of coal processing that is a known carcinogen. It is used as a colorant and an anti-dandruff agent. Found in: hair dye, shampoo.
- Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA): a chelating (binding) agent added to cosmetics to improve stability. May be toxic to organs. Found in: hair color, moisturizers.
- Ethanolamines (MEA/DEA/TEA): surfactants and pH adjuster linked to allergies, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, and inhibited fetal brain development. Found in: hair dyes, mascara, foundation, fragrances, sunscreens, dry cleaning solvents, paint, pharmaceuticals.
- Formaldehyde: used as a preservative in cosmetics. A known carcinogen that is also linked to asthma, neurotoxicity, and developmental toxicity. Found in: shampoo, body wash, bubble bath.
- Hydroquinone: a skin-lightening chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation. Found in: skin-lightening creams.
- Oxybenzone: sunscreen agent and ultraviolet light absorber linked to irritation, sensitization and allergies, and possible hormone disruption. Found in: sunscreen, moisturizer.
- Parabens (methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others): a class of preservatives commonly used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Parabens are endocrine disruptors (hormone disruptors), which may alter important hormone mechanisms in our bodies. Found in: shampoo, face cleanser, body wash, body lotion, foundation.
To get a full list of ingredients to look out for, check it out here.
Favorite Places To Shop For Clean Beauty
- Credo Beauty
- Maelove (full review of them here)
- Sephora (look for the products tag as “Clean at Sephora”)
- Cleansing Balm: This stuff is amazing!! It does an amazing job removing makeup while adding moisture back to your skin. My skin is so soft after using the cleansing balm. It has goodies like Vitamin C, raspberry and cranberry seed oil to brighten the appearance of your skin and hydrate. It also comes with a muslim cloth which you can use to wipe off the balm (see below for more details about the muslim cloth).
- No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil: Face oils are definitely something anyone needs to add to their skincare routine. This Brightening Facial Oil has Vitamin C, therefore it helps brighten, hydrate, and even out skin tone. Since Vitamin C is sensitive to the sun, I usually apply this at night only. If you do decide to use this during the day, I recommend applying sunscreen too.
- No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil: This face oils helps restore balance while calming, soothing, and clarifying your skin. It is great for anyone who has acne-prone skin (like me!).
- Eye Cream: This eye cream is rich in aloe and coconut oil giving it the perfect nourishment and hydration for the eye area.
- Cleansing Cloths (3): These muslim cloths are amazing to use for your face. It is great to use to wipe off the cleansing balm or any face cleanser. It works like an exfoliate and really removes any grime on your face. I especially love these cloths for removing clay masks. I don’t know about you but I struggle removing clay masks off my face thoroughly with just water. And a face towel just absorbs the water and mask. These cloths effectively remove the clay mask! And they can be machine washed!
- Peppermint Lip Conditioner: This lip conditioner protects and hydrates your lips. After one day of using it, I noticed a significant difference with my lips. This one is peppermint scented and I just love how refreshing it feels on my lips. I usually use the peppermint one at night since I find peppermint soothing.
- Calendula Lip Conditioner: This lip conditioner is just as good as the peppermint one, just a different scent! This is the one I use during the day. If you can’t decide which lip conditioner to use (or want both), they also offer a lip conditioner set. You’ll get both the peppermint and calendula. I also think this is a great value. The cost of the set is less than buying both conditioners individually.
- Sheer Lipstick ‘Scarlet’: I’ve been on a hunt for a lipstick that didn’t make my lips feel dry. This lipstick glides and feels like a lip balm but has the color of a lipstick. It is the most moisturizing lipstick I have ever used and I loved it! I own it in the Scarlet color and it is the perfect shade of red for me.
Still Learning About Safe Beauty
As I mentioned above, making the switch to safe beauty products is a new venture for me. I’m constantly learning and finding out more about clean beauty. Therefore, I will admit that there are some products that I still use that are considered unsafe.