The book “Do You Have the Guts to Be Beautiful?” offers some great tips on healthier skin with the use of natural beauty products. My personal favorite is the WHOLE FOOD FACIAL that includes grapeseed oil, avocado, and lemons. (And VERY inexpensive as well!!)
Here are a couple of pictures from a recent get together I attended where we all gave ourselves WHOLE FOOD FACIALS and discussed plant-based diets for healthier skin!!
GOOD RULE OF THUMB: Don’t put anything on your skin you would not put in your mouth!
Everyday products like make-up, face wash and shampoos often contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your body.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s Website:
“Due to gaping loopholes in Federal Law, companies can put virtually any ingredient into personal care products. Even worse, the government does not require pre-market safety tests for any of them.”
Does all of this sound confusing? It is! These chemicals haven’t been proven safe, but they haven’t been proven harmful either. So what are we to do?
I personally like to error on the side of caution myself when it comes to natural beauty products and other personal care items for my family.
Below is a list of ingredients often found in beauty products that have not been proven safe for humans, but have not yet been banned in the Unites States due to lack of evidence that they are harmful.
What Chemicals You Should Look for in your Bathroom Cabinets:
Check the labels on your bottles and see if any of these chemicals are used in your everyday routine. I found them in nearly everything I use! These chemicals can be harmful.
1. Paraben: found in cleansers, hand soap, moisturizers and toothpaste
Also called: methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben
2. Phthalates: found in hairspray, nail polish and perfumes
Also called: Di-phthalate, diethyl phthalate and dibutyl phthalate
3. Toluene- found in nail polish and nail polish remover
Also called: methylbenzene and phenylmethane
EWG Cosmetic Database
The Environmental Working Group has a great site that allows you to see where the products you use rate as far as hazardous chemicals. They also list good alternatives to consider buying instead.
I try and use products rated a “1″ or a “2″ if at all possible. Whenever these items go on sale, I STOCK UP!!
For example, look for natural sunscreen like Burt’s Bees or Badger near the end of summer or early fall when it goes on sale and stock-up for the next summer. It is often 50% or more off the regular retail price!!
See how your favorite natural beauty products rate on the COSMETIC DATABASE.
Natural Make-Up Options
Also, if you are looking for natural make-up that is as high of quality as your regular make-up, try one of these brands:
Bare Escentuals (Bare Minerals), Cargo Cosmetics, or Suki Color.
Or try Physicians Formula “Organic Wear” brand from your local drugstore. Not only is it organic, nothing costs over $15!
(More and more companies are adding natural and organic versions, so be on the lookout and check the Cosmetic Database before purchasing!)
Finally, here are a few practical hygiene tips no matter what cosmetics you decide to use:
1. Always wash your hands before applying make-up. Bacteria from your hands can transfer to the eye and cause an infection.
2. Never share make-up!
3. Replace cosmetics every 6 months.
4. Discard make-up if the color changes or it develops an odor.
5. Don’t add water or saliva to a tube of mascara. Your saliva contains bacteria that can grow in the tube and water can dilute the preservatives that protect against microbial growth.
6. Wash brushes regularly.