As I am trying to become more self aware and conscious of the products I am using daily and purchasing for me and my family, I have been researching natural body washes and all kinds of skin care products and I want to list what I found. I know It can be very difficult to find the right products that work for every different person as for every skin is different.
I feel it’s crucial to make sure that we aren’t rubbing so many harmful chemicals into our body’s largest organ. Below, I’m sharing some info of the top ingredients to try to avoid in skin care products if you can.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
I listed this one first because it’s the most common, and it can be a challenge to find products without it. Even certain products that are marketed as “natural” can contain this compound, which is why it’s so important to read and understand labels before purchasing. It technically is natural, and most often comes from palm oil, which is one of the major culprits of destruction in the Amazon, for one. But also, its main purpose is not for the health of our skin, but just to create an attractive foam for the senses. It’s also one of the most irritating agents on the skin and a major culprit of dryness and dermatitis.
If you ever see the word “fragrance” being listed as an ingredient is that it is never one single ingredient. while it might be possible to find one that is organic, Fragrance is typically derived from a laundry list of ingredients on its own, all of which don’t have to be disclosed are may be incredibly toxic and not intended for use on or in the body in any way. Plus, they are often kept stable with the use of phthalates. The US Department of Health and Human Services as well as the EPA have labeled phthalates as possible carcinogens. Hard pass.
Petroleum (and Mineral Oil)
This one is crazy famous! While I wish we didn’t have to state the obvious, revisit the fact that mineral oil, while sounding natural and healthy, is a by-product of gasoline. Why, WHY would any company that caters to beauty or skincare dare to put such a thing in their products? Well for one, it’s really cheap. It’s also colorless and odorless, and has a shelf life of eternity. However, it literally suffocates your skin and hair, (just a heads up, plastic is made with petroleum). While this traps moisture, it also traps dirt, dead skin, and bacteria. Petroleum offers the facade of soothing moisture, while doing absolutely nothing whatsoever to nourish your skin. Beware that labels can trick you by listing it under another name—keep an eye out for paraffin, mineral oil, butylene glycol, petrolatum, and isopropyl alcohol. This is crazy and it truly sucks.
DEA, MEA, and TEA
DEA, MEA, and TEA These atrocious acronyms are serious trouble. They stand for diethanolamine, monoethanolamine, and triethanolamine, and they are top hormone disruptors. This means while they may not manifest themselves immediately as a breakout or skin irritation (though they can and often do), they are very easily absorbed into the body through the skin, accumulate in our organs, and don’t detoxify quickly, wreaking havoc on other systems. They are also highly reactive to other common cosmetic ingredients, and when combined with some of them, these DEAs, MEAs, and TEAs transform into a very potent carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine, also known as NDEA.
So, while this might be a lot to read, due to the large amounts of different products out now a days, it is worth to be aware and informed. And try the effort to keep a look out to what might be possibly affecting our health in any way.
If we can make a difference in the world by not purchasing these harmful products we are making a great impact. Remember the simpler the ingredients the better, preferably Organic with real ingredients you can understand.
Here are some Affordable green beauty brands & shops most of these I have tried, and the others have great reviews overall.
Honest Beauty – Most people know about this brand and while their range is not very large they have great basics and are very affordable.
100% Pure: Fruit pigmented makeup and natural skincare. They are affordable but some of their products contain natural fragrance. However, they are still clean and perform well.
Andalou Naturals, has a huge range of very affordable skincare for all skin types and needs
Acure: Very affordable brand with a variety of products, and can be found at Target and Whole Foods. Or Amazon here’s a coupon with my link Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturizer | 100% Vegan | For Oily to Normal & Acne Prone Skin | Lilac Extract & Chlorella – Hydrates & Balances | 1.7 Fl Oz (ET1009)
Most of these brands are organic, plant based, and eco-friendly.
I hope this post has helped you to find some good beauty skincare products for you and your families!
Remember self-care isn’t selfish—so never apologize for taking care of you.
Do you know of anymore good products you would love to share? Let me know below! Thanks For Reading! ~ Maria J ❤