Hello, beauties! I decided a while ago to stop using cosmetics that contain toxic ingredients. It’s surprising how almost beauty products contain harmful ingredients that are potentially dangerous to our health. The reason I started reading the labels and finding out what was the meaning of each of them is that my skin became extremely sensitive and I was having forehead breakouts all the time. I spent hours and hours studying the ingredients of the cosmetics I was using. I want to share the information I compiled over the past months. I wish I had this information when I started my research. Here’s what you need to know when you want to transition a clean, non-toxic beauty routine:
Identify toxic ingredients
This is the first step and it’s essential to learn what ingredients (chemicals) you have to stay away from. I recommend you to read “The Dirty Dozen” cosmetic chemicals to avoid. This document is very helpful and explains everything in a simple way. However, I will provide you with a quick guide of the ingredients you have to avoid below:
- BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene): used as preservatives in makeup and moisturizers. May cause cancer and hormonal imbalance issues. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
- Coal Tar Dyes (P-phenylenediamine and colors identified by “C.I.” followed by five digits): used in many hair dyes. Potential to cause cancer and can be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.
- Cyclomethicone and siloxanes: silicone-based compounds used in moisturizer, makeup, hair products, etc. May cause hormonal imbalance issues and damage the reproductive and immune systems. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
- DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine): used to make cosmetics creamy. Found in moisturizers, sunscreens, soaps, cleansers, and shampoos. Cause skin and eye irritation. Can react to form cancer-causing nitrosamines. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
- Dibutyl Phthalate: used mainly in nail products. It’s also used as fragrance ingredients in many other cosmetics. Toxic to reproduction and may interfere with hormone function. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
- Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives: used as preservatives in cosmetics. Look for DMDM hydantoin, quaternium-15, Diazolidinyl Urea, imidazolidinyl urea, and methenamine. Cause cancer.
- Parabens: used as preservatives and fragrance ingredients. Found in makeup, moisturizers, etc. Associated with breast cancer. May cause hormonal imbalance issues.
- Parfum (fragrance): found in perfumes, colognes, and deodorants, but it’s used in almost all personal care products. Some products marketed as “fragrance-free” or “unscented”. Can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. Linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
- PEGs (polyethylene glycols): petroleum-based compounds used as cosmetic cream bases. Found in conditioners, moisturizers, deodorants, etc. May be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer.
- Petrolatum (mineral oil jelly or petroleum jelly): used as a barrier to lock moisture. Found in moisturizers and hair care products. Cause skin irritation and allergies. Can be contaminated with cancer-causing impurities.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS): used as a detergent and foaming agent. Found in shampoo, facial cleansers, bubble bath. Can irritate the skin, eyes and the respiratory tract. May be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
- Triclosan: used as an anti-bacterial agent and a preservative. Found in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, toothpaste and hand sanitizers. Can irritate the skin and eyes. May interfere with hormone function and contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Several studies linked triclosan with cancer. Harmful to aquatic organisms and other wildlife.
Read the ingredients list
Now that you know what are the chemicals to avoid, it’s time to start reading the labels of the cosmetics you use every day. I recommend you to make small changes, you don’t want to get it of everything. This is going to become a new habit. When I transition to a green routine, my priority was to find new skincare products, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant. For me, skin is first! Then, I switched to natural makeup.
Not all vegan, natural and organic products are truly good for us. Most of them contain preservatives listed in the ingredients list above. Read the labels!
Don’t spend a fortune
Clean beauty products can be very expensive; however, you just need to shop smart. Do your research and try to find the best deals! Wholefoods, Trader Joe’s and Target offer a great variety of good, quality natural products at amazing prices. Some brands I recommend you to try are Pacifica Beauty, Alba Botanica, Loli Beauty, Cocokind, Ere Perez, Derma E, Sélia & Co., and Shea Moisture.
Find the balance
The most important thing is to lower the dose exposures of these chemicals over times. Swap your skincare products for natural alternatives. And with makeup, start making small changes.
Test and have fun!
The best part of transitioning to a natural beauty routine is trying new things. There are a bunch of amazing brands offering great quality natural alternatives to skincare and makeup products. I’m sure you’re going to find a product that works magic on you. It requires patience and a lot of testing. Try to have fun! Also, you can make your own skincare products if you want 🙂
Look for products made with real, natural and raw ingredients. I hope you find this post very helpful. If you have any questions, leave them below!
¡Hola mis bellezas!
Les comparto el video que publiqué en mi canal de Youtube. En ese video les explico todo en detalle. Espero lo vean y les sirva de ayuda. De igual forma les dejo abajo una hoja de referencia que les hará la vida más fácil cuando comienzan a hacer la transición a cosméticos libre químicos y tóxicos.
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