Most people are concerned about their food intake. A lot is written and said about what we should be eating, what we should avoid, what is “good”, what is “bad” etc..etc…
But, what about the stuff we put on our bodies, namely moisturizer, soap, shampoo, make-up?
Because it is for sale doesn’t necessary mean it is good for you or safe.
Shocking? I know. In North America, regulations are minimal and losely enforced. I have lived here for 12 years and I have yet to hear about a beauty product being recalled because it was deemed unsafe.
Yet, a lot of cosmetics contain components that shouldn’t be in there in the first place. These components are well-known to cause allergies and act as hormone-disruptors.
I recently did a mass clean-up of my bathroom cabinets, after educating myself about some dangers of our everyday cosmetics. Here are some tips.
LESS IS MORE
Cosmetics companies are very good at convincing us we “need” one product for each part of our bodies. We “need” day-cream, night-cream, lip balm, make-up remover, hand-cream, foot-cream, body lotion, eye-cream, neck-cream….the list is endless.
This is simply not true. Using too many products will be ineffective and will result in an “overload” on your skin. It will also increase the risk of allergic reaction. Not to mention the strain on your bank account.
You can replace all of the above by coconut oil, which is 100% natural and way cheaper. Both your skin and your wallet will thank you.
THE FEWER INGREDIENTS THE BETTER
Have you noticed the sheer number of ingredients on many beauty products? The more ingredients, the more processed the product is. Chances it contains “scary stuff” that shouldn’t go anywhere near your skin.
It is also best to choose a product that does not have an extended shelf-life, ideally it should be between 6 months and 1 year.
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
Unless you are a chemist, the list of ingredients in your beauty products most likely sounds like a foreign language to you. Here is what to avoid:
- BHT & BHA: hormone-disruptors; possible carcinogens. Banned in Europe, not in Canada.
- DEA ingredients: allergens
- Phthalates: whether as a single word or chain ones. Hormonal disruptors; potential cause of birth defects.
- Formaldehyde: allergen; carcinogen
- Parabens: whether as a single word or chain words. Hormone- disruptors.
- Fragrance/Parfum: companies are not required to disclose the composition of fragrance/parfum. Allergen. Possible hormonal disruptors.
- PEGs: carcinogen
- Petrolatum (petroleum): Allergen; carcinogen
- Siloxanes: hormonal disruptors
- Triclosan and triclocarban: these are like pesticides. Yikes! Disrupt thyroid function.
If you want to use safe cosmetics – I bet you do!-, you can check EWG Skin Deep.