Beauty products from skincare, makeup, to body care, and fragrance are supposed to help make us feel like our best selves. However, in recent years, we are learning there's a dirty side to beauty. Some of our tried and true products are most likely full of questionable ingredients that could be considered toxic to our bodies.
Don’t get me wrong. There's nothing inherently wrong with chemicals. In fact, chemicals make up many good things like our hair, our skin, fresh veggies, and the water we drink.
However, what can be harmful is man-made or isolated chemicals that our body reacts to negatively. This includes carcinogens, poisons, and toxins. We are, unfortunately, living in the era of added chemicals and added toxins. :(
If you haven’t already, then it’s time to detox your beauty routine and get away from all that unnecessary chemical exposure. Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to do so.
Sometimes these harsh facial cleansers actually cause acne by drying out the skin and triggering an excess oil production. When you think about it, it makes sense. Acne medication companies stay in business only if acne remains. These are often harmful to the skin and to the environment, not to mention pretty costly. They can end up leeching too many of your natural oils from your skin, leaving your skin so dry it overproduces oil to compensate. Then that excess oil gets stuck in pores and the cycle continues.
Instead, try Oil Cleansing! ;) You can even custom create your own oil blend to address your skin issues. I know! It seemed really weird to wash your skin with oil, especially if you suffer from oily skin & the odd pimple. It seemed counterintuitive to douse my skin in oil each night.
But oil cleansing is the bomb!!
You have to try it, my skin is softer, more supple, has no breakouts & doesn't dry out in winter now or get too oily in summer. It has really helped to balance my skin out. I am a convert.
I grew up thinking that I had to wash my hair every day and that it was normal to do so. It was part of my routine, as I imagine it is part of many people's morning routine. Later I learned not everyone washes their hair every day, yet I continued to fall back on this idea that my hair was too thin, fine or greasy to skip washing.
But I've learned that isn't true.
I went from someone who's hair was limp and greasy after about eight hours post wash to someone who regularly goes three, four, or five days between washings. And the surprising thing is my hair looks so much better! With reduced shampoos, your hair will be fuller and thicker. it may style better. And you'll also use less shampoo which is good for the bank account and mother earth. (See how detergents can negatively impact our waterways here) You'll also strip fewer oils from the hair so you'll need less conditioner and hair oil. This doesn’t mean you have to skip showers. Go ahead and shower, just wash your hair with water and forego the shampoo every other time
If you can’t just forego the shampoo, then start making your own instead. Here’s a simple Moisturising Homemade Shampoo recipe you can try.
Antiperspirants have been shown to increase the risk of cancer, particularly those with aluminum. Aluminum has also been linked to oxidative stress and cytotoxicity in the skin and Alzheimer's patients who have a higher volume of Aluminum in the brain.
So instead of rubbing toxic deodorant full of aluminium, formaldehyde & parabens into your pits each morning, why not make a safe deodorant that contains no nasties, is easy to use & WORKS! ;)
Well, like most commercial health and beauty products these days, toothpastes have also been industrialised over the years and are loaded with questionable ingredients like fluoride, titanium dioxide, glycerine, sodium lauryl sulphate, and artificial sweeteners. While all these ingredients are used in toothpastes to provide us with whiter teeth, some of these are actually toxic and carcinogenic in nature.
With regular use over the years, these toxins get absorbed by our body’s cells and cause damage to them. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to chuck brushing your teeth all together; you can just make your own non-toxic toothpaste that’s safe for you and your family’s health. Here’s an easy to follow Homemade Natural Toothpaste recipe you can try.
Did you know that you could be applying an average of 168 chemicals to your face and body each day? According to research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), these chemicals come from products that range from personal care products to cosmetics to feminine hygiene products and everything in between.
You don’t need to be a chemist or a dermatologist to care about the ingredients in your beauty products (especially if it’s causing harm to your health). Read our full guide on how you can easily switch to clean beauty this new year.