Sometimes beauty products claim to be natural and safe but they're actually full of dangerous chemicals. Natural beauty expert Sandy Gold teaches us how to make the right choices when it comes to natural cosmetics. After you read this primer, check out her top picks for beauty products for your face.
Many of us pay attention to the ingredients in the food we put in our bodies, but we should also be paying attention to what we put on our bodies. Your skin can absorb 60 per cent of what you put on it, so remember “what goes on… goes in."
Not all cosmetic ingredients are dangerous, but some have been linked to asthma, hormonal disruption and even cancer. There's now a "dirty dozen" list for chemical ingredients, similar to the "dirty dozen" of produce. In North America the words "organic" and "natural" can be on a product without anyone having to approve the claim. A helpful tip for finding safe cosmetics is to look for products that are certified organic by a third party like usda or eco cert, so you know they've been manufactured under strict guidelines.
If you're planning on going natural with your makeup routine, here are the top three chemicals to start avoiding:
- Used to produce foam
- Harm the nervous system
- Skin and eye irritant
- Look for: Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)
- Used as a preservative
- Easily penetrates the skin
- Linked to cancer
- Look for: anything with "paraben" in the name. Examples: Methylparaben - Propylparaben - Butylparaben - Ethylparaben
- Used to fragrance cosmetic
- Cause genetic mutations
- Linked to cancer and hormonal disruption
- Look for: "fragrance-free"