Why should you switch?
The more close to nature a product is, the less burdening on the body it will be, and thus will create beneficial results for our skin. Conventional beauty products contain a lot of harmful chemicals. Besides causing problems on your skin such as redness, irritations and acne, those chemicals can also transfer to your bloodstream and have long term negative effects. Natural products are safer and healthier, and give better results in the long term, especially when they are made with all natural and organic ingredients and chosen to fit your skin type.
Go one by one
If you are concerned with budgeting, start small. Don’t toss all of your cosmetics at once. When you finish a product buy a new, natural one.
Switching your skin care routine can cause problems at the beginning. Your skin will need some time to adjust, so be patient. Our skin cells take around 3-4 weeks to regenerate, so that is when you should expect to see the true results.
Learn the basics of natural cosmetics
A natural product is described as one that contains mostly or completely naturally derived ingredients. It also indicates that the product is free from, or contains minute amounts of artificial chemical additives.
Don’t always look for the certificates
You must be wondering if a product can be natural and organic even if it doesn’t have one of the popular certificates. The good news is it can! Those certificates can be very expensive, and a number of smaller brands can’t afford them. When you find a small brand you can trust, don’t hesitate to ask all the questions about the production process that you have.
Consider the packaging
Conventional products contain a lot of preservatives. That is the reason why they can be packed in plastic tubes and stay on the shelf so long. Plastic packaging can also contain different toxins that can leak into the product. All-natural beauty care products are free of harsh chemicals and the best packaging for them is glass. Glass does not leak any toxins; it is recyclable and environmental friendly. Safer versions of plastics can also be used.
Read the labels!
Reading the back label & ingredient content is the most important step to clean beauty. You should know what’s in your products. Look for wholesome ingredients and follow the same rules as for a healthy diet. Go for unrefined & unprocessed ingredients and stay away from artificial ones.
For us to go through the full list of toxic ingredients used in beauty care products would require pages and pages, but the following are the most common ones. The list of toxins that you should always avoid include: parabens, phthalates, sulfates, formaldehydes & synthetic fragrances.
- Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in personal care products. The purpose of having a preservative in a product is to help prevent bacteria & mold growth, thus extending the shelf life longer and protecting the consumer as well. According to Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Some common names of paraben derived ingredient are “methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben, potassium paraben, and ethylparaben”.
- Phthalates are “chemical plasticizers” and have been used in plastic to make them soft and bendable. They are found in personal care products including lotions to aid in softening the skin and fragrances to help the scent last longer. To avoid phthalates, look for the suffix phthalate in the list of ingredients or fragrance. Unless a fragrance is listed as all natural/ organic which means it’s derived from botanical sources then it is most likely a phthalate.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), found in personal care products and used as a cleansing, emulsifying & foaming agent. They can be found in shampoos, body wash, soaps & cleansers. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can cause irritations of skin, eyes and lungs. In the long term it can also be toxic for organ systems.
- Formaldehydes are carcinogenic impurities released by a number of cosmetic preservatives, including diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, and sodium hydroxylmethylglycinate.
- Fragrances are used to make the product smell nice. They are on a top 5 list of allergens and irritants. The biggest problem with fragrances is that brands can hide a bunch of different harmful ingredients in them, because there is a non-disclosure policy used to protect other brands from stealing the signature scent. They can be especially dangerous for pregnant and nursing women and kids.
For more info on harmful ingredients found in personal care products, visit the EWG website (https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) Keep following us on social media if you want to learn more about skin care and natural products. More content is coming soon!