Exposure to Chemicals
The average woman slathers, lathers, scrubs, rubs and sprays 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body each day – according to research in 2009 by Bionsen. More recently local Beauty Development Chemist Amanda from Realize Beauty counted 250 in a DIY. That’s still a lot of chemicals to absorb over a life time.
On top of that we eat at least 10kg lipstick in a lifetime! That’s what got me into the Beauty Kitchen creating Lip Nourish as most lipstick are made from petroleum based oils, silicones, synthetic fragrances and colours. Who wants to digest those ingredients. And, again and again toxic metals are found in everyday lipsticks (the bright reds are more susceptible) Ref: Berkeley: Poison Lips: Troubling levels of toxic metals found in cosmetics . [Update 15/7/13 Today Tonight covers Toxic Beauty Ingredients]
The sad fact is, most people have no idea that ingredients in makeup and skin care products can be harmful to their health…..until something happens.
But that is starting to change, you can begin now to detox your beauty routine
Where to begin?
10 steps to take charge of your health and beauty from the outside in….
1. Watch the Story of Cosmetics. You’ll be amazed.
2. Visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics It’s a NFP launched in 2004 to protect the health of consumers and workers by securing the corporate, regulatory and legislative reforms necessary to eliminate dangerous chemicals from cosmetics and personal care products.
3. Take a look at the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, the worlds largest and most popular product safety guide. Skin Deep assesses 68,000 personal care products using the most reputable science sources, and assigns each product a score from 0-10 (10 is most toxic).
4. Look at your products ingredient statements. Decide how clean you want to go. Remember, stress is beauty’s enemy so be reasonable – change your products on your own terms, on finding similar performing offers and within your budget. Remember you have heaps of products: your make up purse, face care products, body balms, hand creams, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, exfoliators, toothpaste, nail polish, hand wash, body wash or soap.
5. Eliminate products that contain ingredients on David Suzuki’s Dirty Dozen or choose the Dirty Thirty basic starter list by Teens Turning Green. If you are still confused about toxic ingredients take a look at this blog on Chemical of the Day. I’m guessing if you have got this far you are pretty serious about your body so download the App ($7.50) for the Chemical Maze – Complete Ed. by Bill Statham. It’s your goto guide for cosmetics ingredients and food additives in Australia.
6. Be careful when buying. Check the ingredient statements and if they are not disclosed online or on pack – don’t buy it – they are most likely hiding something.
7. Simplify your beauty routine and discard the age old advice that we need to use so many products: cleansers, toners, serums, day an night moisturisers, separate products for eyes and lips and hands and body…..! I gave up soap / body wash on all but my ‘private parts’ over a decade ago and only use a cleanser if I have worn a tinted moisturiser…and that is not very often!
8. Start to make some of your own products Eg All over Body Moisturising oil rich in omega 3 + skin nourishing oils to use in the shower or a brown sugar scrub. Saves time and money and you’ll never have dry skin again.
9. Have a look at your make up – what items do you use constantly? Foundation/tint/BB cream, lip sticks, balms and glosses, mascara, start making changes with the ‘highest’ impacting products.
10. Find products that work and you’ll love – look for product reviews that you trust, read recommendations and testimonials from users. Jump into a beauty forum. Ask for samples.
For more information search our site for blog posts that will keep you up to date to make your transition to natural and organic beauty products a little easier.
Try my 3 day BEAUTY DETOX
Day 1 Detox Foods
Day 2 Detox Beauty Products
Day 3 Detox Destress