We should always be careful what we put on our faces. Especially now that so many chemicals are put in every tube we use, we don’t know which ones are safe. We don’t want to end up absorbing hazardous chemicals on our faces and end up with ugly side effects later on.
Choosing which products are safe to use may not seem like an issue for some. After all, we have regulating departments making sure what reaches the shelves have passed a certain standard for safety. But did you know that so many ingredients are left undisclosed because of trade secret rules? This means you have to be more careful about what you pick on the shelves.
- Research before buying
Do your due diligence and research online about certain products you’re not sure of. So many people go straight ahead into stores to pick up products with the most convincing packaging, then end up regretting their choice later on.
Nowadays it’s more practical to shop online because not only to do you get to browse more products, you can also read reviews immediately. Just like this BeautyCounter review by Regina Braun, you’ll learn that getting safer beauty products is just a matter of research and reading real customer feedback.
- Avoid certain ingredients
You’ve been warned about these chemicals before: SLS, BHA, parabens, fragrances, hydroquinone, and so much more. And we’re warning you again. These are just some of the ingredients found in several beauty products that are linked to dangerous health concerns such as hormonal imbalance and even cancer. And the worse thing is, because we apply them on the skin, they go directly into our bloodstream.
SLS or Sodium lauryl sulfate is a widely used surfactant and synthetic detergent. It’s responsible for producing bubbles for products such as shampoo, soaps, body wash, and toothpaste. BHA or beta hydroxy acid is commonly used in skin products that are made for oily and acne-prone skin. Parabens are in almost all types of commercial beauty products because it helps improve their shelf life by acting as a preservative. And fragrances?
Did you know that using the term “fragrances" gives the manufacturers a leeway to withhold certain ingredients that make up these fragrances because it’s not required by federal law? So overall you never really know what exactly is in the product.
- Choose simple and natural products
Still, the safest option for you and the environment is to go for products that are natural, organic and fragrance-free. If you want to be more careful about the beauty products you use, try to choose products that have fewer and a simpler list of ingredients. Try avoiding synthetic fragrances and try to lessen your use of beauty products overall. Surely, you don’t need over a dozen face creams that all promise the same thing.
- Try DIY
A lot of synthetic beauty products can be made through natural ingredients. You just need to invest some time, patience, and research into it. For example, there are hundreds of face mask recipes out there made of just 5 or fewer ingredients. Try oatmeal and honey from dry and irritated skin. Need a lip balm? Coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax are basic ingredients.