This March, we're dishing out the dirty on toxins. What they are & how to identify them and how you can reduce or eliminate them in your everyday products. Each week, we'll be focusing on a theme to dive deeper into the category and also pair them with an Instagram-exclusive giveaway!
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Week #1: Clean Up your Beauty
More than 12,000 chemicals are approved for use today. American women use an average of 12 products a day – nearly 200 chemicals – according to a 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This industry is highly unregulated. It's quite alarming. Cancer is on the rise, infertility is on the rise, allergies in children are on the rise, and people can’t figure out why.
There are thousands of chemicals in your products, many of which are being absorbed into your body. It's impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to. Toxins like parabens, synthetic colors, fragrance, phthalates, triclosan, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), lead, BHA, BHT, formaldehyde, toluene, propylene glycol and sunscreen chemicals lurk in your everyday beauty products.
Your skin is one of the largest and most intricate organs you have. When your skin layers are damaged from toxins, it is weakened and not functioning at full capacity. Things like alcohols and detergents found in topical products break down the skin barrier. When skin is damaged, it will become dryer and more wrinkles will appear, causing premature aging!
We recommend Honey Bee Garden - Vegan friendly and gluten-free, this organic beauty company uses earth minerals instead of parabens, petrochemicals and artificial colorants in their natural cosmetic line (for eyes, face, lips and face).
We recommend our Lip + Cheek Tints - Our vegan Lip + Cheek Tints deliver a pop of color without talc, synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, parbens or colorants. Made with gentle & safe earth minerals like iron oxide and mica coupled with soothing coconut oil and jojoba for added moisture on lips, cheeks and eye lids!
Makeup and facial care isn't the only place you'll find toxins. Nail polish is another huge culprit. The so-called toxic trio of nail polish consists of dibutyl phthalate (a plasticizer), toluene (to evenly suspend color), and formaldehyde (a known carcinogen that is used as a hardening agent). The Environmental Working Group suggests that a chemical called triphenyl phosphate, or TPHP, is used in many types of nail polish as well. This is a hormone-disrupting chemical, which is quite disturbing, but the study made another worrying discovery: the substance gets absorbed into the body every time nail polish is applied!
We recommend SOPHi - SOPHi is a virtually odorless, non-toxic nail polish that is non-flammable, and contains no formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or ethyl acetate. This advanced water-based formula leaves nails healthy and does not cause them to yellow or become brittle.
Here are some tips and natural alternatives to using toxic, chemical-based beauty products:
Check to see that your makeup and beauty products are CRUELTY-FREE, even better if they’re Leaping Bunny Certified!
Try dry brushing with a good quality brush and coconut oil
Tea tree oil is known to combat problem skin, but is very drying. Use these treatments minimally.
Sweat it out! As long as you wash up after, sweating out the toxins helps flush out toxins
Looking for an ALL natural face mask? Try honey. It’s anti-bacterial and can help with acne.