I like skincare and beauty products. A lot. A lot a lot. I never used to think twice about what products I was throwing in my shopping cart. I was the perfect
consumer sucker for big companies marketing. I used to assume that just because a product claimed to be “natural” or boasted the word “healthy” all over it that it was, well, healthy. Most of these products claim to do all kinds of magical things, when in reality they are creating an endless cycle of a need for more and more product. This isn’t good for our health or our wallets.
Hello Mommy Scientist!
With that being said, I’m starting a fun, and hopefully helpful, series called Mommy Scientist. Am I an actual scientist? Not even close, but as I’m sure you know, figuring out what does and does not work for your skin is a process of trial and error. A big part of my approach towards healthier living is looking at the full picture. That includes the food my family is eating, the products we use around the house, and what we are putting on our skin. I’m not going to delve into each and every potentially harmful ingredient, there’s just too much information there and truthfully, it hurts my brain. I will tell you the main ingredients/culprits to look out for and I’ll show you how I’ve been changing up different aspects of my beauty and skincare regimen one product at a time.
Why I’m Making A Change
The book “No More Dirty Looks: The Truth About Your Beauty Products” by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt is a real eye-opener into the multi-billion dollar industry of cosmetics and skincare. This book really breaks down the harmful ingredients we are being exposed to, how to read labels, and the good and bad of different brands and products. This made me really start to look at the labels on my makeup and skincare products and question what it was exactly that I was putting on my skin, which also happens to be the largest organ in our bodies.
Fragrance: An (Un)Necessary Evil
One ingredient in particular is something that we are all familiar with…fragrance. But just because it does not have a super long scientific sounding name does not make it any less scary. See, when the word “fragrance” is on a label, that could mean an additional dozen, or hundreds, of synthetic ingredients. The reason being that companies are not required to list what formulas they use to make fragrance under trade secret laws. What happens when these different synthetic ingredients start to combine? Well considering that some of these chemicals are considered toxic, any number of things including skin rashes and hormone imbalances.
Fragrance is the first ingredient that I wanted to talk about because it is in everything. Not just perfumes where you are expecting it, but also body washes, detergents, hair products, makeup, your child’s body lotion. Don’t assume that just because something doesn’t have a strong smell to it that it doesn’t have fragrance in it. Bottom line, if you see the word “fragrance” on a product label, don’t buy it.
Where To Begin Your Product Overhaul
I’m not going to lie, knowing where to start changing up my skincare and beauty products was totally overwhelming to me at first. I can’t afford to ditch everything I have and buy strictly organic, and I also don’t have time to make all of my own stuff. Take a deep breath my friends, no need to do either of those things. I’ll show you how you can DIY some very easy, but effective, products with things that are probably already in your house. I’ll also give you some suggestions for cleaner store-bought options with a short list of ingredients.
The simple approach that I took in beginning to overhaul my skincare products is starting with one product at a time, beginning with one that I use very often. My facial cleanser seemed like a logical place to start and will be the focus of Part Two of my Mommy Scientist Series. I’ll tell you why I ditched my popular facial cleanser and made an easy transition to a homemade one that my skin (and wallet) love!
icon-thumb-tack Quick tip: If you ever want to know more about the specifics of an ingredient or product, head over to my Resource page to find out where and how.
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