Over the last few years I’ve been gradually transitioning to using more natural beauty products. One day I hope to use only non-toxic natural products for everything, but it’s a process and it isn’t easy to get used to! But knowing how much harm conventional products can cause, I think it’s totally worth it. Our skin is our biggest organ, and when our products contain harmful chemicals, those chemicals get absorbed by our skin into our bloodstream and can cause all kinds of damage.
It would take an entire blog post to share all the information about these chemicals and what they do, but I’ll just list a few to get you thinking about it. Some of the biggest issues caused by chemicals in our skincare products are hormone disruption, increased risk of cancer, thyroid problems, reproductive harm, and respiratory issues, just to name a few. Some ingredients to look out for and avoid are phthalates, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), synthetic colors, lead, petrolatum, and fragrance. (Oh and FYI many of these chemicals are banned in Europe, but still somehow allowed to be used in products in the US…)