You might have heard of the terms natural, organic, non-toxic or green beauty. These are all used to describe chemical free beauty products. Interested in learning more about non-toxic beauty products? This post summarises the main reasons you could consider switching your products to green alternatives.
Your skin is the biggest organ on your body and it absorbs 60-70% of what you put on it within 26 seconds. This means all the toxic chemicals in most beauty products will enter your bloodstream almost immediately! Eeek!
Many people don’t believe that your skin absorbs what you put on it, but if that was the case then nicotine and hormone patches wouldn’t work!
It’s so easy to get sucked into popular beauty brands with fancy packaging, but we never really stop for a second to consider what’s actually in these products that we use on the daily. I’m sure you’ve scanned through the ingredients of a beauty product before and seen a massive list of words you can’t even pronounce. Well if you don’t what it is, chances are you don’t want it in your body!
Here’s just a few examples of common ingredients in beauty products:
BHA and BHT
BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) are synthetic antioxidants used as preservatives in lipsticks and moisturizers and other cosmetics. They’re known to induce allergic reactions, interfere with hormone function and cause cancer.
Talc is commonly found in baby powder, body lotions and cosmetics. Recent research suggests that talc increases the chances of developing ovarian cancer.
Many people know that lead is poisonous, which is why we don’t have lead pencils and water pipes anymore, however most people are still unaware that lead is still lurking in our cosmetic products! Lead is a carcinogen commonly found in lipstick. It’s never listed as an ingredient because it’s technically a contaminant, however it still has harmful effects on the body. Lead has also been linked to miscarriages and reduced fertility.
Siloxanes are used to make the skin feel soft and silky, however they stop the skin from breathing and have been linked to tumour growth and can upset the reproductive system.
Petrolatum is frequently found in lipsticks and lip balms such as Vaseline. Many studies have shown that petrolatum is associated with cancer.
The law doesn’t require companies to state any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixtures. This means there could be a combination of hundreds of unknown chemicals in your cosmetic and beauty products. These chemicals are hormone disruptors and have also been linked to allergic reactions and asthma.
Parabens are one of the more of the commonly known baddies. They are often used as preservatives in cosmetic products. Parabens can cause problems with reproduction, the immune system and the nervous system, plus it’s also been linked to causing breast cancer and skin cancer.
Switching to non-toxic beauty products means you don’t have to worry about nasty chemicals and their dangerous side effects on your health!
Kinder to your skin
Ever tried a new makeup product and it broke you out or irritated your skin? I think we all probably have! That’s because your skin didn’t agree with some of the harsh chemicals in the product. You won’t have issues with skin sensitivity and irritation if you use non-toxic cosmetics!
Non-toxic beauty brands also tend to use higher quality ingredients that are better for your skin.
If possible, stick to companies that use organic and natural plant derived ingredients. These are the best for your skin.
Better for the environment
Another thing that’s easy to overlook is the harmful effect beauty products can have on our environment. There’s the mass production of plastic and non-recyclable packaging, ingredients that are synthetically grown with fertilizers, and not to mention chemicals going down our drains and polluting our water supply.
The production and consumption of cosmetics is harming the environment from start to finish! That’s another reason why it’s incredibly beneficial to switch to non-toxic beauty products. Green beauty brands are usually a lot more environmentally conscious so they make an effort to use sustainable ingredients and packaging. Much friendlier towards the planet we live upon!
Against animal testing
My last benefit is that most natural beauty brands don’t test on animals. Animals shouldn’t have to be subjected to a tortuous life just for the production of our cosmetics, especially when there are many cruelty-free beauty brands out there proving that it’s completely unnecessary.
If you’re not into the harming of bunnies and puppies for your makeup products, spending your money on natural and organic products is a great way to show your support for cruelty-free beauty!
Since learning this information I’m currently in the process of switching over all my beauty, makeup and skincare products to completely natural, organic, vegan and non-toxic products.
Obviously the idea of throwing away all your beauty products and replacing them as a little overwhelming (not to mention costly), so I recommend you take it step-by-step.
Here’s my suggestion:
First throw away out of date and products you don’t really use, this will clear up space and allow you to see the products that you actually use daily. Research a few great green beauty brands and every time one of your old products runs out, replace it with a new non-toxic product!
This helps you make the transition stress free as you can go at your own pace. As long each new product you introduce to your collection is a natural alternative, there’s no hurry to throw away your old products if you’re not ready too. As soon as you’ve found a new natural brands you love, you’ll be ready to chuck out the rest and completely switch over the remaining products.
Remember your health is one of the most important things in life, so treat yourself with good quality beauty products and your body will thank you for it! You’re worth it!
I’ve created an infographic that summarises everything in this post, so you can Pin it to your Pinterest boards and refer back to it later!