Why Safe Beauty
One of my 2018 goals is skincare and that also includes using safe beauty products. Last year I discovered that many of the ingredients used to make some skincare and makeup products are toxins (ew, like rat poison) and may cause major 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.
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. Finding effective and safe products is a process, but I will be sure to communicate with you all whenever I find a new item that is safe and effective.
Sample of Ingredients to Look Out For
Here is a sample of ingredients to look out for when buying beauty products.
- 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 (or 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.
If you’ve been watching my InstaStory, then you may have noticed I have been sharing Beautycounter products more frequently. That is because Beautycounter is one of the few beauty brands that believes in using safe beauty products and are committed to health and safety standards. Not only are they safe, but they are effective and have done amazing things to my skin! I haven’t tried all their products, but as I need new ones, I will make the switch and will check if Beautycounter has them available.
Out of the Beautycounter products, below are my favorite safe beauty products that have had amazing results on me!
- 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.
Believe in Beautycounter
I believe in Beautycounter’s mission for safe beauty so much that I decided to be a Beautycounter consultant. Since Beautycounter is only sold by direct retail model, you will need a consultant to make a purchase. So if you have any questions about Beautycounter or would like to purchase any Beautycounter products, feel free to reach out to me! I also have details about promotions and deals. Have you signed up for my weekly newsletter? I will mention these promotions and deals there.
Still Learning About Safe Beauty
As I mentioned above, making the switch to safe beauty products is a new venture for me. Therefore, I will admit that there are some products that I still use that are considered unsafe. Safe beauty is rare and therefore companies like Beautycounter are trying to find ways to replace these toxic products. I am hoping to one day be able to replace all my old beauty products with safe beauty.