I said that I would do a blog post about why I want to change over to the green side of beauty so here we are…. I’ve been interested in natural and organic products for a few years now but have only really been using it on myself rather than adding them to my make up kit. It’s only been since last year that I feel that I want to change my kit over, the green world is booming now and there is so much brilliant skin loving make up and skincare to get your hands on. I would say they work just as well as or better (depending on the brand and product) than mainstream cosmetics. Also you are putting ingredients on your skin that you know that is actually good for you (unless you are allergic) rather than all the toxic crap that can be found in the mainstream brands which we are not told about! Some brands can state they are natural but actually aren’t, so make sure you check out the ingredients list. I know how incredibly difficult it is to read an ingredients list, I remember trying to do it for the first time and feeling very overwhelmed. It is getting slightly easier but I still have to research names that I have no clue about.
So, why? Well your skin is your biggest organ and what we slather on to it gets absorbed into our blood stream. Did you know that your skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on to it? Crazy! Also did you know that there are still a lot of companies that test on animals? How awful is that! Think of all those bunnies, mice and other animals that are sent blind, being poisoned and killed. I’m actually in the process of chucking make up bits out of my kit for that reason……and let me tell you there is quite a few.
So here are a list of some of the toxins…
You are probably more aware of parabens than any other toxin because you’ve probably seen quite a few brands now claim they are “Paraben free” on their products. Parabens are a preservative and they prevent the growth of bacteria and mould but they are also carcinogenic which means they can turn all those healthy cells that are living happily inside your body in to cancer cells. They have actually found parabens in a tumour, sorry to be scary but I am not putting any of that crap on my body. Look out for these words when you are taking a look at the back of a products label,methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium laureth Sulphate are foaming agents that are used in pretty much any products that foams up, so shampoos, body washes soap toothpaste etc, it is also used in bleach and cleaning products! It’s a known skin and eye irritant so why the hell do they still put it in our personal care products?
Mineral oil/ Petroleum
Mineral and petroleum are found in your moisturisers, body creams, mascaras, baby oil, vaseline, eyeshadows and in other lotions and ointments (check the ingredients on the back of a product) and they do absolutely nothing for your skin. It sits on the surface of your skin and can cause spots by clogging your pores up.
Formaldehyde is a strong colourless gas and is used as hardening agent in nail varnishes, it can also be found in your cosmetics, toothpaste, baby wipes, lotions and hair products. It is known as a carcinogenic and can irritate and burn the skin. Other names it is know as arequaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol (Bronopol), glyoxal and oxaldehyde.
This synthetic chemical is found in household and skincare products and cosmetics. It is know for its antimicrobial properties so you’ll find it in a lot of antibacterial products but there isn’t any evidence of it working any better than soap and water. Recent studies have found it to interfere with the thyroid hormone detector, its known to cause skin irritations and can weaken the immune system.
To be honest Phthalates are quite hard to get away from, because they are everywhere! They are used in our cosmetics, skin care products, house hold products, fragrance, nail varnish and even in our food packaging. They are a bunch of chemicals that are used to soften, increase durability and flexibility usually in plastics but they work the same way in our personal care products and they can effect the endocrine system, liver, lungs and cause asthma.
Hydroquinone is used in skin care products to lighten the skin by. When ever I think of skin lightening it always takes me back to my travels in Thailand, I remember a lot of the women there used skin lightening moisturisers because they believed white skin was more beautiful. These gorgeously caramel skinned women were beautiful! Any way back to the blog, so it’s a harsh chemical and can cause stinging and burning, it can also make your skin more photosensitive in sunlight.
Propylene Glycol is used in our cosmetics and personal care products to help what ever we are putting on our skin penetrate deeper .It’s also used in anti freeze, paints and other industrial products! It’s known to cause eczema and hives.
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
BHA and BHT are synthetic antioxidants and preservatives are used in our cosmetics and our foods to extend their shelf life. They may be carcinogenic and can effect the endocrine system.
You have a bit of info on it now and if you feel inspired to swap over to natural and organic products then thats brilliant, do more research and have fun looking at all the amazing natural brands out there. If you don’t feel inspired then at least you know some of the ingredients that may be in your cosmetics.
Also if you have any questions then please get in touch.