When I first learned about the chemicals in every skincare and shampoo bottle adorning my bathroom shelves, my immediate reaction was “HOW IS THIS LEGAL?” Many everyday brands that many of us have grown up using, are in fact poisoning us. Yes I realise that sounds a bit extreme, but let me break it down for you so you really understand what you’re lathering on your skin for that all over glow.
Chemicals lurking in your beauty regime
SLS (sodium laurel sulphate) is a caustic cleanser that can cause irritation to the scalp, eyes and skin. According to the Women’s Environmental Network there is some evidence to suggest there are reproductive effects and damage to the liver, lungs & the immune system when this comes into contact with the body.
Phthalates (pronounced thal-ates) have been linked to decreased fertility in females and faulty reproductive development in male foetuses.
Formaldehyde, often used in shampoos and deoderants, is carinogenic meaning it causes cancer. Errr..yes you did read it right, it can cause cancer! Got that box ticked thanks, don’t really want any more!
Parabens are the most widely used preservative in personal care products; methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben are the main culprits which you will find in thousands of products across the world. In 2004, senior lecturer in oncology, Philippa Darbre’s team published a pivotal study that detected parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from breast tumour biopsies. Her study didn’t prove parabens cause cancer, only that they were easily detected among cancerous cells. Parabens can imitate the oestrogen hormone, influencing high levels in the body, which may be linked to breast cancer.
Lead is found in the majority of ‘conventional’ lipsticks which is carcinogenic and should be avoided.
Many ‘experts’ claim that they are not harmful because they exist in such small doses that it’s not enough to cause enough of a problem. However if you’re like me, (and I suspect every girl from 21 to 51 is!) you use MORE the one product a day. Chemicals stay in your body and get stored in your cells which over time, accumulate causing health problems further down the line.
Nature has provided us with some incredible resources which work in harmony with our bodies and even possess health-enhancing qualities. So if we can use more natural products, why don’t we do it? The standard answer is “it’s too costly” which is a fairy good enough answer on the surface but when we take into consideration the risk we are putting ourselves at by using these cheaper artificial products, we are actually putting ourselves at risk of developing disease in the future.
I know it can be daunting when first starting out ‘going natural’ so I’ve provided some of my favourite brands below so you have a head start on where to go to buy them (here) and what to buy. My advice is ADD IN, before you throw out and when you finish the ‘old nasty stuff’, go chemical free for that item. And the next item and so on…
Here are some of my favourite products that I use regularly.
1. BEST DAY MOISTURISER – Kimberly Sayer
2. BEST NIGHT MOISTURISER – Kimberly Sayer
3. BEST MAKE UP REMOVER – A’kin
4. BEST BODY WASH – Lavera
5. BEST MASCARA – AEOS Scincare
6. BEST EYELINER – Wild About Beauty
7. BEST NAIL POLISH – Zoya
8. BEST FAKE TAN – Green People
9. BEST BODY MOISTURISER – S.W. Basics
10. BEST ALLOVER BEAUTY OIL – Arganic