Good health comes from what we are putting into our bodies – as well as what we are putting onto our bodies. Most of us are good at reading labels on our food products, but do we read the labels on our skin care products just as carefully? Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and what we put on it can have a huge impact on our health.
Many conventional products are made to withstand a long shelf life, but in return they’re filled with chemicals and preservatives. Unfortunately, the ingredients that protect the product’s shelf life don’t protect us – and can cause things such as cancer, hormone disruption, reproductive toxicity, immune system disruption, birth defects, and neurotoxicity – as well as skin problems like allergies, eczema, acne, psoriasis and rosacea.
That’s why I seek out products that don’t just help me look good – but are also good for me. I have a few go-to brands that I use consistently, and these are the ones I recommend to friends and family when they ask. Today, I’m going to share them with you, too.
Here are ten of my favorite skin care products with healthy, good-for-you ingredients!
1. One Love Organics-Aromatic Body Serum | 2. RMS Breauty Lip Shine | 3. Primal Pit Paste Deoderant | Fat Face Myrrhaculous Face Cream | 5. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Lotion | 6. Shea Moisture Body wash & Shampoo | 7. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up | 8. Fat Face Cleansing Oil | 9. RMS Beauty “Un” Powder | 10. Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner
Read the label
One way to be aware of what we’re putting on our skin, is to check the ingredients label. Listed below are some of the things to look out for. When I see any of these ingredients, I usually opt for a healthier alternative instead.
Just Say No to:
Parabens – Synthetic preservatives that are potential endocrine disruptors and can mimic estrogen in the body.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – SLS is added as a detergent and emulsifier. It can irritate skin and strip it of its natural, protective oils. It also can strip hair of its its natural, protective oils.
Petrolatum, Mineral oil, and Paraffin – These are products of crude oil. Petrolatum can be contaminated with endocrine disruptors and carcinogens called PAHs.
Formaldehyde – Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, lotions, soaps, make up and shampoos.
Fragrance/Parfum – A way for beauty product companies to hide chemicals such as phthalates. All fragrance is synthetic unless stated on the label. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies. Look for products using natural essential oils to scent their products.
Talc – Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems. Talc is found in baby powder, foundation, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Talc is linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) – A synthetic product obtained from the hydration of propylene oxide, which is derived from petroleum products. It is a penetration enhancer used in many products, and often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.
Small changes, big effect
The selection of healthy options is quickly growing, and products like these can be found almost anywhere these days – from department stores to online retailers – and I don’t know about you, but my local Target has a whole aisle dedicated to products made from natural and organic ingredients. Taking care of your body is the best investment you can make, and small changes like these can have a big effect!
In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more tips for living a healthy life, including recipes for healthy homemade bath products and store-bought beauty products. What are some other topics you’d like to hear about?