Skin is our largest organ, and much of what we put on it is absorbed into the bloodstream within minutes (see why we need to clean up what we put on it?). I would argue that what you put on your skin is just as important, if not more important, that what you put in your body. So, if you are a health conscious individual as myself who opts to eat organic produce and non-GMO foods, then I would start to put the same amount of care into the health and safety of your beauty and body products.
The beauty and skin care industry can be extremely difficult to navigate which is why I have put together this list of how to evaluate your current products, and how to make the transition to safer options if you need to.
Download the Skin Deep App
Check Your Products The Environmental Working Group is an amazing organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. They know how crazy the beauty care industry is, which is why they developed the Skin Deep app to give you an unbiased look at how safe your products are.
Check The Ingredient List
You want to look for products not on Skin Deep Although Skin Deep has over sixty-thousand products reviewed, they cannot keep up with every single product released on the market-place. For this reason it can be helpful to know which ingredients are the biggest toxic offenders. Check out safe beauty company Beautycounter’s “Never List” here. Especially important to look out for “fragrance” on the ingredient list, as thousands of chemicals can hide under this umbrella title thanks to outdated loophole from 1966 by the FDA.
Use Up Your Products
Really! Even if you are going to switch to safer. Safe disposal options of toxic products are few. Through my own research I have found that using up your products is the most eco friendly way to rid yourself of them, even if you can never unsee the long list of toxins on the ingredients list through your newfound product safety knowledge goggles.
Buy Less, Use Less.
And you’ll save money in the process. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, a fool-proof method of cleaning up your beauty routine is to buy fewer products, and use fewer products. The less you use, the less likely it is for your body to be contaminated with the countless chemicals out there on the market place. You are beautiful as you are, you don’t need multiple layers of foundation and volumizing mascara to show the world this. Don’t let any Cover Girl advertisement convince you otherwise.
Realistically avoiding all harmful toxins out there (especially if you live in a city!) is difficult, and attempting to do so might drive you to the edge of insanity. My philosophy is that any effort to be healthier, greener, and exposed to fewer toxins is much better than none. Make small changes where you can. Hopefully this blog post has made it a bit easier to navigate this crazy industry. Happy Spring Beauty Routine Cleaning to you all!
Elise is a Green Beauty Advocate, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and Independent Consultant for safe beauty company Beautycounter. Raised in Oregon but has lived in Brooklyn for four years now. The Oregon girl in her loves escaping the insanity of NYC on the weekends, riding her bike instead of the subway around the city, and helping friends and family transition to safer products and healthier lifestyles. Reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org with safe beauty questions, or to sample some of Beautycounter’s amazing skincare and mak