Living healthy means so much more than just eating well + working out. “Wellness” originates from the inside, out. This extends to our self-care practices all across the board- even beauty. The skin being our biggest organ, meaning we need to treat it well. Did you know that we absorb nearly 64% of what we put on our skin? Also, that the face is even more permeable?
This absorption includes the synthetic, toxic chemicals found in a great deal of our products. While it is a struggle to truly live 100% clean in every single aspect of our lives, I am happy with the efforts made on behalf of so many brands to deliver cleaner beauty + skincare products.
WHAT WE NEED TO AVOID
I could write a seriously long list here that gets overwhelming and confusing for anyone, even me. The top toxins in beauty products are listed below (with many sub-toxins within the categories.) These are mainly meant to be avoided to ensure they do not disrupt our hormones as well as lead to disease based on these disruptions.
- Sulfates: SLS & SLES
- Mineral Oil
- Formaldehyde-releasing agents
- Retinyl Palmitate
- Coal Tar
- Undisclosed Synthetic Fragrances
HOW TO CHECK ON YOUR CURRENT PRODUCTS
Outside of reading labels yourself and knowing what to avoid in your products, using the Environmental Working Group as a resource can vet the contents of products you use both on your skin, in your home, and more.
Check for this EWG seal on products when shopping for cleanliness verification
WHERE TO BUY CLEAN BEAUTY PRODUCTS
I love to shop at my local store Credo Beauty but they have a robust website for you to use as well!
Sephora has a section for Clean Beauty as well to look through products with reviews to read through
MY BEAUTY REGIMEN
One Love Organics: botanical b enzyme is a cleansing oil + makeup remover perfect for the dryer skin we get during the cold weather months. Without any harsh add-ins, it won’t strip your skin of moisture + has a natural Botanical B complex to detoxify and tone your skin while cleansing.
African Botanics: Neroli Infused Marula Oil is a fantastic hydrator. Helps balance the skin, calm and reduce redness. Tightens pores and refines the skin’s texture. Targets the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankinsence: Intense Lift Eye Cream is a natural brightening cream, when used regularly, that will aid in lessening deep lines + will improve firmness of the skin around the eye area.
REVITALIZE…throughout the day
Osea: Sea Minerals is a hydrating + revitalizing mineral mist. Spraying it on your face delivers immediate hydration + enables your skin to absorb more of your serums and moisturizers. Softens + plumps the skin while lessening redness.
Henne Organics: lip mask helps soften + hydrate your lips in just 15 minutes. I use it every other night before bedtime to fight off chapped, cracked lips.