So you want to be health-conscious but not hang up your beauty products? Would you like to use lotions & potions and still wear make-up? Good news, I have your back.
Even though I’ve stopped wearing make-up most of the time – as a mom of two that just hasn’t been the priority, and I’m learning to value natural beauty more the older I get. Then again, putting on make-up now and again is just plain old fun. I mean – who doesn’t like finger painting on your face? Plus, as my daughters are getting older and they are dabbling in make-up and painting their faces like jungle animals or starting to perfect their eye-liner I thought I’d share some of my clean skin favorites.
Why should we avoid certain chemicals in our beauty products? Glad you asked…
- Many chemicals act as endocrine disruptors. Meaning they change the delicate hormonal balance within our body. Especially problematic for young developing kiddos – boys and girls are affected by this. Think mom’s make-up/perfume/lotion won’t rub off on your son’s skin? Think again. Any time you go in for that snuggle and there’s any moisture on the skin your child’s skin absorbs part of what’s on your skin.
- Skin irritants – I’ve seen a lot of younger kiddos in my practice with some significant eczema or even just irritated skin from using products that are more chemical based. Be it bath bubbles, laundry detergent, or the lotion used after bath time.
- Cancer risk – Some products when combined – such as ammonia based compounds and nitrosamines can form carcinogenic compounds
Here are some ingredients to steer clear from:
- Ammonia compounds which are used as emulsifiers. There have been studies showing links between these ingredients and inflammation, skin irritation and even organ toxicity.
- PFAS – Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (including PFOA, PFOS, and GenX). With high levels found in foundations, waterproof mascara and long-lasting lipstick per an article published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters in 2021. These are man-made chemicals that can, like many toxic products, bio-accumulate. Over time, this can lead to cancers, thyroid disease, liver damage, infertility, and other endocrine disruption. And yes, these chemicals have been found in baby’s cord blood meaning these compounds are being passed on to the next generation and effecting their development in utero. Sadly these chemicals aren’t always disclosed on the labels. Thankfully there is a bill that was introduced in 2021 to ban these ingredients. Here’s a list of the top 13 PFAS with links to EWG’s pages discussing each in more detail.
- PTFE (Teflon)
- Perfluorononyl Dimethicone
- Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Peg-2 Phosphate
- Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether
- Polyperfluoroethoxymethoxy Difluoroethyl Peg Phosphate
Now to my favorite products I use on my and my daughters skin:
- Face Creams, lotions, and creams
- Make-up – Make sure to check individual products on the skin deep database or their app.
- BeautyCounter – Pretty much all you’ll find in my makeup pouch besides a few products that found their way into my bag.
- Mineral Fusion
- Maia’s Mineral Galaxy
- Honest Beauty
- W3LL People
And because every good natural health blog should have some fun DIY projects, here are some of my favorites:
- Eye-makeup remover
- 1 TBSP oil (olive oil, jojoba, castor oil, or coconut oil work great)
- 1 TBSP witch hazel
- 1 TBSP aloe vera gel
- 5 drops Vitamin E (functions as preservative)
- optional: Essential oils
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