Love List: Hot & Healthy Beauty Products
You are what you eat, but you’re also what you put on your skin. Everything we lather on our pores is absorbed into our bloodstream! So if you wouldn’t gobble it up, think twice about rubbing it on your beautiful bod. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your beauty products? Can you even pronounce half the words in the ingredient list? My pal, Stacy Malkan at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, has helped to open my eyes to the dangers of the chemicals in our makeup bags, showers and bathroom cabinets.
It’s time to vote with your dollar (and trash bin while you’re cleaning out the junk that may be lurking in your home) by investigating everything from your mascara to your bar of soap. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is super helpful in weeding out the yucky stuff. Just type in the brand name of a product and voilà! You’ll get the facts on what to keep and what to toss. It’s so easy!
Here’s some food for thought, the average consumer babe uses between 15-25 personal care products per day! Many of those products contain hundreds of dangerous synthetic chemical compounds. Chemicals like parabens, which are synthetic preservatives found in shampoos, make-up foundations, shaving gels and even food, have a chemical structure similar to estrogen that interferes with production of the body’s natural hormones and more importantly, containing potential links to cancer.
Unlike (most of the) food and drugs we ingest, the cosmetic industry requires NO pre-market safety tests, monitoring or labeling. That’s right, due to gaping loopholes in federal law, companies can put virtually ANY ingredient into personal care products. The European Union has made major advances in the regulation of cosmetics in the past several years and has banned the use of substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction in cosmetic products. Unfortunately, the US hasn’t yet followed in these footsteps! With statistics like 1/3 of all men and half of all women will have cancer by 2050, it’s important to investigate how exposures in our daily lives increase the risk of cancer.
Here’s some of my fave natural beauty products. Add yours in the comments section so that we can educate each other on what’s hot and healthy!
-Peace Keeper Causemetics Lip Paint & Gloss
-100% Pure Mascara
-La Bella Donna Lip Gloss & Eye Shadow
-RMS Cream Eye Shadow
-Glo Minerals Medium Concealer
-Vapour Foundation & Concealer
-Cheeky Lip Balm & Lip Gloss
Face & Body:
-Nutiva Coconut Oil (perfect body butter post-shower)
-Simply Divine You Glow Girl Body Butter
-Dr. Alkaitis Makeup Remover
-John Masters Pomegranate Nourishing Facial Oil
-Alba Botanica Sea Salt Body Scrub
-Farmaesthetics Nourishing Herbal Cream
-Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-in-One Baby Soaps
-Pangea Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom Body Oil
Making a commitment to finding the healthiest products for your body impacts many different areas of our lives. In addition to being good for you, natural products are better for the planet! Plus, natural products aren’t tested on our animal pals. Pooches, bunnies and other loving critters will thank you too!
What healthy products do you love? Please share with your fellow crazy sexy sisters!
Peace & lip-smacking gloss,
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