Let’s get to know your skin. The skin is the bodies’ largest organ. It absorbs all the ingredients just like a sponge; think of your pores as a swinging gateway. Not only are toxins secreted from your pores they are also let into the body this way. Imagine all the chemicals in your perfumes, soaps, shampoos, lotion, body washes, make up and other cosmetics i.e lubes, deodorant etc. not to mention household products and laundry detergent. Whenever possible we need to eliminate toxicity in our lives and our skin care routine. One of the biggest questions are what am I looking for when it comes to non-toxic skin care?
No. 1 is be on the lookout for Parabens in cosmetics. Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Methylparaben and Propylparaben are some of the chemical names you’ll see used. Parabens are a preservative that was originally derived from different kinds of fruit. Parabens are chemicals that are produced as a preservative for foods and cosmetics developed in the 1950’s. Parabens stop products from growing molds and different bacteria in them. They are widely used in our society. We are often consuming parabens in overabundance on a regular basis. The problem with Parabens is that they are known to be hormone disruptors. I have experienced this first hand when dealing with Estrogen dominance. The constant exposure of this chemical alters how our hormonal profile works. Parabens are xenoestrogen producers. They cause the body to increase production of the hormone Estrogen. Increased Estrogen in the body will cause males to develop breasts and have a low sperm count. Estrogen over production has a negative effect on young girls by causing them to reach puberty at much younger age. Estrogen dominance causes weight gain in all individuals, increased PMS symptoms, memory problems, and increased chance of developing ovarian cancer later in life.
Avoiding Parabens is overall very good for your health. I saw a significant change when I began removing xenestrogens from my cosmetics. I lost belly fat, felt more energy and overall lost fat deposits around my waist. My periods haven’t been as heavy and the menstrual period went from 7 days of bleeding to 5 days. I was pleased to shave 2 days off my cycle.
No 2 be on the lookout for “natural” Xenoestrogen producers. Some of the essential oils that I love the most I must refrain from using or use sparingly. Lavender and Tea Tree oil have been cited by Medical News today as hormone disrupters. Does that mean you need to throw out all your favorite essential oils? No absolutely not! I encourage the use of essential oils however; with everything else limit your use of it in cosmetics and detergents. Decreasing exposure is important for individuals with Estrogen dominance imbalance.
No 3 be on the lookout for Sodium Laurel Sulfate and Aluminum Laurel Sulfate in your cosmetics. These chemicals were created to make skin care products foam. Sodium Laurel Sulfate strips your skin of its natural oils creating skin irritations. This chemical is also well known as a hormone disrupter and can cause Eczema as well as dry skin on a regular basis.
Use Vegan and Cruelty free cosmetics.
Whether or not you are an avid meat eater, dabble with being a vegetarian, or full blown Vegan everyone can benefit from taking the vegan route with cosmetics. Vegan skin care as a whole is so beneficial to our society, the companies creating these products are already inclined to remove toxins from their cosmetics. Non vegan cosmetics are full of Animal by products. Cosmetic Companies are often using the very waste of the animal such as urine, known as (Carbamide) in ingredients list, crushed bones ( Keratin, hydrolyzed animal proteins ) and tendons, ligaments of animals known as Gelatin or Collagen in products. Vegan companies are reducing man’s the carbon foot print placed on our planet. We are all aware of the toxins animals are eating, produced inhumanely, and increased cause of methane gases from the beef and dairy industry. By supporting Vegan Cosmetics we are essentially cleaning our air. Cruelty free means that your products were not tested on animals. Think lab rats and little bunnies. These animals were not involved in the process of creating your skin care. I see this as a plus in both ways, no animals were harmed or tortured and it means there are no heavy chemicals in your products causing need to “ test on animals” before humans, If you believe in or practice Niyamas such as Ahimsa it maybe a personal benefit to you as an added effort to practice non harming.
Use natural detox methods and Lymph draining to improve skin quality.
Skin brushing is the act of dry brushing your skin in an upward motion towards the heart. Skin brushing increases circulation, detoxifies the skin, increases energy levels and exfoliates your skin. My personal favorite Lymph drainage method is Gua Sha. Gua sha is an ancient Chinese method of rubbing a tool against the body ( jade stone, wooden etc). I use it on my face. It increases blood flow (circulation) helps produce natural collagen in the skin, tightens the skin naturally, increases relaxation and helps with sinus issues. Getting adequate exercise, moving your body and sweating is a great lymphatic system detox as well.
Getting an adequate amount of water daily is so important for your skins appearance and health. Oily skin is often the result of dehydration. The body sends signals to your oil glands that the skin needs hydration, this causes an over bunce in oils which in turn becomes acne and black heads. Through proper hydration these signals won’t be released as often. Water intake will prevent your skin from becoming dull, flaky, dried out and wrinkly. I have to admit I lack in the hydration department of my skin care routine, it’s a work in progress. It’s literally the cheapest and most effective way to better skin.
Choosing non toxic skin care products
One of my favorite go to’s for finding out about vegan cosmetics and clean skin care products is the ethical elephant. I am a Glossier fan for cosmetics and they give the run down about how they are not vegan but do claim to be cruelty free. While Ethical Elephant does not help you look for sulfates or parabens a few companies I really like are 100% vegan and cruelty free Derma- E, Pacifica Beauty and Nature’s Gate. Think Dirty is a skin care app that helps you find out if your products are “clean or not.” They also offer beauty boxes. I love Maro Skin care face cleansing oil. The oils are pure, vegan and paraben free. Maro Skin care is an upcoming woman run cosmetic company out of NYC. Check them out on IG.
I was not asked by any of the products mentioned above to write this or received any benefits of doing so. Nothing in this article is intended to treat, diagnose or cure any diseases