Hey OG so it’s time for a beauty overhaul. Just like it’s more important to buy certain food organic like with the dirty dozen and clean fifteen there’s definitely a more-critical list when it comes to detoxing your beauty routine. Here’s, where to start and why:
With most breast cancer diagnoses, patients typically get the advice to immediately stop using conventional antiperspirant and deodorant. Antiperspirant and deodorant—like many other conventional personal-care products—contain endocrine disruptors, potential carcinogens, and a host of other toxins, many of them unlisted, hidden within the ingredient “fragrance”. What’s different here is their direct contact with one of your body’s most critical detoxifying areas: your underarms. Lymph nodes and sweat glands are concentrated there for a reason. The fact that the skin there is thin there, and regularly exfoliated through shaving, may make it more vulnerable to absorption compared to skin elsewhere on the body.
The most potent anti-ager in existence, without question, is sunblock. At the same time, chemical sunscreens are among the most powerful skin irritants in the beauty industry and inflammation is one of the primary causes of aging. So the “daily” sunscreen many people put on first thing in morning can actually work against them; add to that the fact that many chemical sunscreens degrade in sunlight after two hours, plus the endocrine disrupters and other toxins in standard formulas and you start to realize how nasty they really are. Mineral sunblock, on the other hand, calms skin as opposed to irritating it, lasts until you wash or sweat it off, and doesn’t add to your toxic load. The only tradeoff, that it can take longer to rub in, is now practically non-existent, as several clean cosmetics companies have made clean sunblock formulas much more blendable.
What’s kind of incredible about the assumptions many people make about clean, organic skincare is that it’s less powerful, which is funny because they’re actually often more powerful. Instead of fillers and texturizers, clean skincare often has higher percentages of the actives they’re made with.
Made with a petroleum-combustion byproduct called coal tar, not to mention copious synthetic preservatives and plasticizers, most conventional mascara formulas are hard to imagine putting into your eyes—and yet, that’s precisely where mascara ends up. High-tech innovations with botanical ingredients like pine resin make clean mascara at least as good as the conventional version, with none of the toxins.
Ever wonder why you constantly need to reapply you’re fave lip color? Well you actually eat a large percentage of whatever you put on your lips; in the case of conventional lipsticks, you’re consuming dyes that aren’t even allowed in food: petroleum, plasticizers, and optical brighteners, along with the common cohort of endocrine-disrupting, potentially carcinogenic preservatives and “fragrances”. Cue Ace Ventura when he tastes guano for the first time…Yummy.
SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER:
Hair products are among the most toxin-loaded in the beauty industry: Powerful fragrances and sulfates, endocrine-disrupting preservatives, potentially carcinogenic plasticizers and dyes are common ingredients. And not only do you work them into your scalp and end up with them all over your body in the shower, you also inhale the shower steam infused with them. Switching to clean hair products—especially those you use in the shower makes a big difference in your exposure levels and your hair health. Clean shampoos are markedly less stripping, since they don’t use industrial sulfates and detergents; clean conditioners rely on natural oils and butters as opposed to silicones and plasticizers (neither of which do anything to actually condition hair btw) to soften and moisturize hair, so the shine you get is for-real healthy hair, not simply the appearance of it.
Conventional face wipes are packed with preservatives and other chemicals to help them stay damp but fresh, so “washing” your face with them leaves a residue of potential hormone disruptors, irritants, and even carcinogens (and if the ingredient list has “fragrance” in it and doesn’t break out what’s contained within it, you can’t know what’s in the formula). Clean beauty companies approach wipes from a totally different perspective, using plant oils to retard bacterial growth as well as cleanse skin.
Serums, designed to be the most active and results-oriented step in any skincare routine, are again often chock full of fillers and ingredients designed to make them “feel” like they’re working. Silicones, for example, are in practically every conventional serum out there, simply to make them feel smoother; they do nothing to actually treat skin.
Your skin is your largest organ by far, so the ingredients in a body cream make a tremendous difference. Covering the majority of your skin with a petroleum-based, preservative-, plasticizer-, and fragrance-infused conventional formula exposes you to everything from serious skin irritants (even “fragrance-free” lotions are typically made with masking fragrance, so just as irritating to sensitive skin) to potential carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and other toxins. A clean formula, on the other hand, infuses your skin with benefits from the botanicals it’s made with.
The lion’s share of conventional lip balms are made primarily of petroleum jelly, with potentially toxic fragrance, flavors, and texturizers added in. Since we actually consume most of what we put on our lips, nourishing elements like the shea butter, olive oil, and grapefruit are not just the healthier option, they’re also superior.
Switching from conventional to clean fragrance saves your skin, your nasal and sinus passageways, and your lungs from exposure to a laundry list of problematic ingredients, from known endocrine disruptors and potential carcinogens to the significantly-more-troubling unknowns—the word “fragrance” is a legal loophole where beauty companies can hide whatever ingredients they’d rather not list on label. At the same time, clean fragrances don’t just smell good—the botanical aromatics used can have homeopathic, aromatherapeutic, Ayurvedic, and even mystical properties and benefits.