Beauty is more than just skin deep. Surely this has been made clear by the multitudes of ads and movements directed at healthy eating. It’s always been said, “You are what you eat!” However, it is also important to remember that what you put onto your skin can drastically affect your overall health. Therefore it is crucial to know your beauty products’ ingredients and understand how they interact in your body.
This is a much easier feat to accomplish when you use all-natural products, since the labels will contain pronounceable words whose purposes will be easily investigated. Isn’t that refreshing? Now you don’t have to cross your fingers that your body won’t react poorly to some ingredient with 20 letters and an injection of colorants.
Natural products give you peace of mind knowing that you are entirely sure what you are putting onto your skin.
Take the Madness out of Your Skin Care
The United States has not passed a single federal law regulating ingredients in personal care products since 1938. The federal Food and Drug Administration allows many of these chemicals to slide under the radar because they simply do not have safety data on them. Imagine that. We don’t even have conclusive evidence about how all of these chemicals affect our bodies! Conversely, the European Union has spent the past twenty years weeding out noxious chemicals in their products. Today the EU bans more than 1,300 ingredients, while the U.S. bans a meager 11.
What are some of the ingredients that are allowed in U.S. skin care products but not in Europe? Well, here are a few of the more toxic ones, and their effects on your body.
First off, why engineer a scent when there are so many natural ones to choose from? Engineering a scent not only robs it of its complexities, but it also infuses your body with thousands of chemicals, many of which are allergens or hormone disrupters. Unfortunately, the combinations of chemicals in most synthetic fragrances are unavailable to the public because the formulas are federally protected as trade secrets. This means that when you use fragranced products you never really know what you are putting onto your body.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG Compounds)
These compounds are used in a variety of ways in most cream-based products. They can serve as thickeners, solvents, or moisture retainers. PEG compounds’ chemical content changes with the manufacturing process. Often they contain ethylene oxide (as the chemical name would suggest) or 1,4 – dioxane. Both of these additives are carcinogens that are toxic irritants to your body’s organs and respiratory system. Knowing this, it’s a pretty safe bet to say that anything containing polyethylene glycol is wise to avoid.
Last, but not least, parabens are a big no-no. Likely you have heard of parabens before, as you can easily see them as one of the first ingredients listed on many cosmetic labels. Parabens are a common form of preservative in personal care products. Unfortunately, they also interfere with the endocrine system of your body. For women, they are particularly troublesome since parabens act just like estrogen in your body and disrupt your natural hormonal system. Over time this can reset your internal hormonal balance to such a degree that they have even been linked as a cause of breast cancer.
A full list of exceptionally harmful ingredients is available through Beautycounter, one of the leading authorities on all-natural personal care products. At Beautycounter, employees are striving to get safe products into the hands of everyon,e through product research as well as congressional lobbying. Your health is important to more people than just yourself. You touch so many others’ lives, why not ensure that you are treating your body with as much respect as possible and use natural ingredients? You deserve your health. Even strangers at Beautycounter seem to think so.
Use the Easy Button
It’s tempting to do things the easy way. It’s easy to pick up drugstore face soap on your weekly grocery shop. It’s also easier to eat a bag of chips rather than cook yourself a meal. The key, however, is to think about the future. How will your choices in skin care, now, affect your future self? Sure, you can get all kinds of magical cosmetic cures to fix your skin, but isn’t it just easier to spend a little time searching for products that treat your skin gently and whose ingredients you can understand? A little time investment now will save you a whole lot of regret and dollars in the future.