The skin is the largest organ in our body. Beauty products applied to our skin are absorbed into the bloodstream directly. This can prevent the detoxifying abilities of the liver. Ingested food is sent to the liver for detoxification and the results transported throughout the body by the bloodstream.
Skin beauty products with harmful ingredients in them can be more toxic than any consumed food. If you are always buying organic foods, then you should always be using safer beauty products.
Do not end up being fooled by the beauty products sporting words such as “natural” or “Organic”. This is because each and every beauty company is self-regulated and each sets their own standards and policies. Below are some 5 tips to help you in choosing safer beauty products.
1. Stay away from any beauty product with the word fragrance. By law, the word fragrance is a trade secret. Therefore, most companies would not necessarily need to disclose all the ingredients within it. There can be one, two or one thousand ingredients hiding behind the word fragrance. For this, you can…
2. Check all your products or those you want to purchase on the skin deep database www.ewg.org/skindeep. The Environmental Working group has been able to maintain a beauty product database that currently includes over seventy-two thousand products. These products are rated from zero to ten where 0 = very safe while 10 = very bad product that needs to be thrown away in the garbage.
If you find out that your beauty product is not listed in the Environmental Working Group then perhaps it is because the company has not agreed to be listed or they haven’t gotten there yet. Also, check out BeautyCounter consultant for reviews of products you want to buy.
3. Check for Companies with Worthy Labels – Certifications by the third party is a good place for a start because it equates to ingredients and sourcing transparency. Whether you are buying a mascara or shaving cream, it is recommended to prioritize on organic labels which denote similar standards applied to food. This is especially for personal care products.
A high percentage of organic content and less caustic synthetics is required. Labels such as Ecocert, a sustainable beauty care product certification for European brands, and the Natural Products Association’s natural label is a good sign for a safer product.
4. Check your partner’s ingredients too. This principle is not only applied to make-up. It includes all personal products such as deodorant, shampoo, body lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, and body wash.
You can print, cut and laminate this guide in your purse whenever you go shopping for any beauty product. If you want a completely safer beauty product, then the harmful ingredients should never be present in any of your personal beauty products.
5. All these information should be shared with everyone you now around you. The problem usually lies in the laws that govern beauty products ingredients and the bitter fact that there are basically no laws.
Beauty products companies are huge and give a lot of money to lobbyists so that the only way the laws can be changed is only if the consumers stop buying unsafe products.
Studies done have shown that products we put on our bodies eventually end up inside our bodies. Measurements of levels of harmful chemicals in the blood and urine were taken while at the same time monitoring an individual’s exposure to beauty products containing harmful chemicals such as triclosan and phthalates.
These chemicals were found to contain long-term negative side effects to the user such as developing cancer.