While ensuring you buy organic fruits and veggies, whole grains, and all the seeds and powders health-gurus recommend, you may be looking past an important component of your health routine: beauty products. You should utilize all-natural beauty products for a variety of reasons.
The Body’s Largest Organ
Not only is your skin the largest organ of your body, but it also absorbs everything you apply onto it. Think of all the chemicals in name-brand shampoos, concealers, and soaps. Do you really want to absorb that into your bloodstream?
Many common ingredients found in makeup can lead to cancerous growths, fertility issues, birth defects, kidney damage, and a slew of other complications. They often prove catastrophic to your endocrine system which, “controls the various functions of cells, tissues, and organs through the secretion of hormones.”
Reference Beauty Counter’s Never List for the top ingredients you should avoid.
Scents are especially important to look out for. You inhale them through your lungs and apply them to your skin, making you twice as susceptible to harmful effects. Aim for products that use essential oils for their scent.
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Naturally-based products aid in protecting your skin from aging more than their conventional counterparts. Using cocoa butter provides healthy fatty acids to your skin and various fruit extracts inhibit enzymes that cause aging and breakdown the skin.
Using plant-based cosmetics aids in your overall healthy while also increasing environmental friendliness. Many conventional products contain petroleum-based ingredients such as aluminum and lead. These components require mining in areas such as the Amazon, leading to the destruction of precious rainforests and habitats.
Tons of natural cosmetic lines exist today, but you can even use ingredients in your kitchen to get yourself started.
You can use oils such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, and almond as makeup removers and skin moisturizers. You can use Aloe Vera gel on pimples to reduce redness and irritation or use as an astringent. I personally love using apple cider vinegar to calm pimples and as a toner. For tons of DIY recipes visit Wellness Mama.
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Clean Beauty Brands
Avalon priorities organic ingredients and all of their products (excluding beeswax in lip balm) are vegan and cruelty-free. They also use recyclable post-consumer material in the packaging.
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Home to the nation’s first non-phosphate laundry detergent, Tom’s aims to aid both the consumer and environment through their products. They also have a partnership with TerraCycle, a company that recycles items such as toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes.
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Utilizing ingredients such as rosehip, willowbark, ginkgo, and hibiscus, Botanics values plant-based ingredients over everything. Their ingredients are sources sustainably and products are priced around $10 each.
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Ten percent of their sales go to women-led businesses that supply ingredients for their products or support The Sofi Tucker Foundation. Their products are sulfate free, paraben free, and don’t contain phthalates, mineral oil, petroleum, or formaldehyde. Furthermore, Shea Moisture is also cruelty free.
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Another cruelty-free company, Alba Botanica is 100% vegetarian and boast sunscreens that keep coral reefs safe through abstaining from the use of oxybenzone, butylparaben, and octinoxate which can bleach coral reefs. Most of their packaging is made from post-consumer material and is biodegradable.
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One of the first brands to pave the way for natural beauty, Burt’s Bees uses ingredients like beeswax, buttermilk, cocoa butter, lavender, and many other plant-based components. They launched Community Source in 2010 to find areas where their ingredients are responsibly sourced. Packaging is made from up to 71% post-consumer material.
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Praised by clean beauty advocates everywhere, W3ll People prioritizes natural ingredients in their make-up products.
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Each of S.W. Basics’s products is made with five ingredients or less. All products contain sustainably and naturally derived ingredients.
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Their ingredients are all derived from nature and only undergo changes through fermentation, distillation, and/or cold processing. Additionally, 100% Pure uses fruit dyes to pigment their products instead of conventional dyes containing coal tar, lead, or mercury. They even have a nine-step, cruelty-free testing process.
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Above all, the best rule when approaching beauty products is: if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t use it. To ease the process, try slowly replacing each of your products one at a time with a natural alternative and you’ll be there before you know it!
Also published on Medium.