This post was written by Beth Anderson
I don’t know about you – but my beauty routine involves applying various products to my face and body multiple times during the day. If you can relate to all this lathering and slathering, I wonder…have you ever taken the time to read the labels and look for toxic beauty ingredients?
I use cleansers, toners, and moisturizers to keep my skin from aging. There are the soaps, shampoos, conditioners, scrubs, and gels I use in the shower, plus the body lotions, deodorants, perfumes. I also apply multiple different makeup products to my face and styling products to my hair. Yes, I am working hard to live a minimalist life, but my bathroom currently doesn’t seem to be a good example of this.
I DO make an effort to read the product ingredients on the labels and only use products that meet my high standards. I refuse to put harsh chemicals on my body. Every day there is something new coming out about the harmful effects of toxic ingredients in our beauty products. My feelings are…”Why take the risk?” This is why I’m making a concerted effort to have my bathroom be a toxin-free zone.
As more and more companies get on the toxin-ingredient-banning bandwagon, I find that it’s much easier to find quality products. I promise when I review products here on my blog, I will let you know how they stack up on the toxin-free scale.
Do your beauty products contain toxic ingredients?
Here are some of those horrible words (that no one can pronounce) that might be lurking in your products.
Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben.
FD&C Blue No. 1 (Brilliant Blue FCF), FD&C Blue No. 2 (Indigotine), FD&C Green No. 3 (Fast Green FCF), FD&C Red No. 3 (Erythrosine), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (Tartrazine), and FD&C Yellow No. 6 (Sunset Yellow).
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
Fragrance, Phthalates, Formaldehyde, Mineral Oils
Benzene, toluol, phenylmethane, methylbenzene
Propylene glycol, Triclosan
Benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate and ethoxycinnmate
It’s no exaggeration when I tell you that I spent hours in my bathroom one-day reading labels and tossing products. Although I did cringe a bit at the money I was throwing in the trash, I realized that it was not money well spent. Now, my money is going to a healthier me.
My favorite words to see on products are:
USDA organic certified, non-GMO, synthetic fragrance-free, cruelty-free and gluten-free.
I found a great list of organic skin care companies, but I think this list only scratches the surface. You can also check out the Handbook of Green Chemicals, the Natural Products Association, EWG’s Skin Deep and also Whole Foods Premium Body Care. I’m not going to lie, I have the Whole Foods Unacceptable Ingredients list bookmarked on my computer.
Yes, it does take some extra time to research all the toxic beauty ingredients found in products. However, I promise once you get into the habit of really thinking about it, the time will be well worth the effort.
What Others Are Saying
“I rarely take the time to read the labels.” – Terry, Kathleen & Judith
“I only buy beauty products that do not contain harmful chemicals.” – Donna & Kaitlyn
How do you feel about this topic? Please leave me a comment below or in my Facebook group. Do you research the ingredients in your beauty products before you buy them?
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