Hi friend & Happy November! This is going to be a BIG month full of minimalist beauty tips to help you transition into a greener beauty routine! While I want to tell you everything in today’s post, I cannot…. But be sure to stick around, because there are a lot of great things coming for every Monday in November! 😉
In my personal minimalist journey, I have transitioned from conventional products to more natural products. The simplest explanation I can give you for this is that my skin does not like lab created chemicals. I have had issues with acne, large pores, premature wrinkles, and redness. It was hard to feel comfortable in my own skin. My hair was in even worse shape. It seemed like no matter which “quality” products I tried, nothing changed.
Once I started to do some research on these problems, one thing became apparent to me. The chemicals within all of my products were definitely not helping my natural beauty! So I looked for solutions, ingredients to avoid, and searched for what I should be using instead.
Over the course of this month, we will discuss several beauty tips that you can use for a more natural beauty routine. Today, I want to focus on which common ingredients you should avoid and why. Understanding this first will help the transition occur more smoothly, and give you insight to what conventional products actually contain.
Minimalist Beauty Tips: Ingredients you want to avoid!
Just to be clear, this list does not include ingredients that are specific to person, diet, or sensitivity. This list is a general oversight into common ingredients found in conventional products that I highly encourage you to steer away from altogether.
BHA [butylated hydroxyanisole] and BHT [butylated hydroxytoluene]
Both of these ingredients are found in beauty products, foods, deodorant, and more. They are preservatives to prevent products from going bad. However, studies have shown that both of these ingredients are linked to organ-system toxicity, cancer, reproductive toxicity, and more. [Source]
DEA is used to make products creamy or sudsy by adjusting the PH level of a product. It is commonly found in beauty creams and sunscreens. It can irritate the skin and eyes, and it can cause liver cancer and other precancerous concerns, especially with the skin and thyroid. [Source]
Just typing the words feel icky! Formaldehyde is used as a hardener in many cosmetics and household products. The problem with this ingredient is the gas inhalation. It is known as a human carcinogen and irritant. It is currently under investigation for further research into all of the harmful side effects it can cause. [Source]
Parabens are one of the most popular preservatives found in the world. They are most often used in cosmetics and fragrances, and are absorbed through your skin into your blood stream. Parabens affect the hormone levels in men and women, and have been detected in breast cancer tissues. This ingredient is also under investigation for extensive research into the damage it can cause our bodies. [Source]
Parfum / Fragrance
First of all, fragrance is protected as a trademark secret, so you may never know what all it contains. Testing is not regulated either. People who are naturally sensitive to fragrances can suffer from headaches, migraines, and allergies/sinus issues. Certain ingredients within a fragrance can affect early hormonal changes and organ failure in children. If a product of any kind includes fragrance, it will be listed within the ingredients list. Be sure to read through all of your cosmetics, hair care, skin care, etc. to see if they contain fragrance. [Source]
From personal experience, once you cleanse your palette of chemical fragrances, it will be easier to distinguish real and natural smells from chemical fragrances.
PEGs (polyethylene glycols)
This ingredient is an interesting one. Derived from petroleum, this product is used in all kinds of cosmetics, skin care, LAXATIVES, etc. Because it is petroleum based, it does not degrade and pollutes the environment once it is wasted down the drain. It is recommended to not be used on areas of the skin that are broken. This can cause irritation and possible toxicity. [Source]
Petrolatum is basically mineral oil jelly. It is used to create a barrier on your skin and give your hair shine. It is linked with cancer, skin irritation, and allergies, as well as being very bad for the environment due to slow degradation. [Source]
Silicone based products are found everywhere! They are loved because of the smooth texture they provide for other products to layer on top of easily. However, they are very detrimental to not only your health, but also the environment. These products are toxic to aquatic and human life. This ingredient family can interfere with fertility, hormones, and create tumors. [Source]
This is a very scary ingredient. Triclosan is in a lot of house hold cleaners, deodorant, toys, clothing, antiseptics, and much more. It can be labeled as an “anti-bacterial” ingredient. It seeps through the skin and can cause hormone changes, eye and skin irritation, and adverse effects to the aquatic environment due to slow degradation. This is a very toxic ingredient! [Source]
So now that you have an idea of what harmful ingredients may be in your beauty products, I challenge you to look through your products to see which of these ingredients are included. The first time I did this, I tossed out more than half of what I had.
As we go through the month of November, my friend Sarah at Pretty Simple Ideas and I are going to share with you some green alternatives. It is going to be a month full of beauty tips that we both use, now that we have educated ourselves on the harmful effect of conventional products. We have some tricks up our sleeves, so be sure to stick around by subscribing via email!
[You may have noticed that I left out a couple of ingredients… Come back Monday to see why I purposefully left them off of this list! See you then!]