The Thing about High Quality Skincare
Did you know that petroleum, bat poop and shark liver are used in a LOT of department store personal care and makeup products?
Good. I’m glad I have your attention :)
It’s common knowledge that our skin is our largest organ. But did you know that we absorb EVERYTHING we put on our skin within 26 seconds of it going on? Right into our bloodstream. And if it’s a foreign entity, a lot of times our body has NO idea what to do with it.
I’m ‘bout to educate y’all on this. Because sorry, but I’m really just done with putting tar on my lashes and stomach acid from a whale on my face. Yep, that’s a real thing.
The United States thing: You guys… If you hear nothing else, hear me out on this. The US does not regulate what goes in our cosmetics or skincare products. The last time we passed a cosmetics law was 1938. EIGHTY YEARS AGO. The European Union, however, has banned over 1400 ingredients from their personal care products, and continue to take out ingredients that prove to be harmful. That same list in the US is simply 11 (ELEVEN!!!!!!!!!) ingredients long. Lead and mineral oil are among the ingredients in MANY of our products, and no one here is telling the industry to put an end to that. So, if you can find skincare and makeup that happens to adhere to the European standards, that’s going to be your best bet. But at least start looking at your labels and doing some research.
The Paraben (and other preservatives) thing: Parabens are the MOST WIDLEY USED preservative in cosmetics. And you guys, it’s an endocrine disrupter (think of all the pre-teen girls that are using products with parabens… hormones have no idea what’s going on as it is… and now we’re adding parabens?!!?!?) and it mimics estrogen, PLUS is often found in breast cancer cells. MANY other preservatives found in skincare and cosmetic products are KNOWN carcinogens. For more info on the effects of these products on teen girls, check out the Hermosa Study by Berkeley. http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/cosmetics-chemicals/ Sidenote about preservatives: Department stores have a requirement for shelf lives in the products they carry. So in order to be on the shelves at your favorite stores, products MUST have a 3-5 year shelf life. Which means they are FULL of preservatives (carcinogens) that keep them “good” for that long. Typically, a 12-24 month shelf life is ideal because that means there aren’t many fillers that can cause harm. Look for food/plant based preservatives, rather than drug based, and when in doubt, ask the lady behind the counter what the shelf life of her products are.
The Vegan thing: Okay so here’s the deal. I’m not a full fledged vegan. HOWEVER. I’m currently a full fledged vegan when it comes to skincare and makeup. The bottom line about vegan products is that there are ZERO animal products in any of them. This is different from cruelty-free (which I am also a huge fan of). Cruelty-free products don’t test their products on animals, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t animal products IN them. I choose vegan and cruelty-free products because our bodies don’t know how to process ingredients that come from animals. I’d prefer not to be putting horse urine on my body (yes, also a thing). Plus, I love animals and value their existence, and don’t believe there’s any reason to be testing products on them, or using them for personal care products. WHEN WE DON’T NEED TO (plenty of companies have found perfectly sufficient plant based ingredients). For tips on Vegan life, check out www.onegreenplanet.org
The Mineral Oil thing: Okay so I used to think that anything with the word “mineral” was going to be just fine for my skin. Boy was I wrong. Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum and it’s used as a filler for texture in things like lotion, body wash, foundations and other creamy/liquid personal products. It clogs our pores so our skin can’t breathe, it’s a carcinogen and you guys… this is how we know it’s horrid: It’s cheaper for petroleum companies to SELL IT TO THE SKINCARE COMPANIES than it is for them to dispose of it as HAZARDOUS WASTE. Yup, I said it. And don’t worry, I lathered that petroleum all over my skin for my entire life until I learned. When you know better, you do better, right?
Look, here’s the bottom line: it’s all about education, right? This stuff many connect with you, and it may not. But my mission is to educate people about what we’re putting on and in our body so that you can make the most informed decision about where you spend your money.
The most important thing here is that you’re aware of what you value in personal care products. For me, it’s about effective products with the safest ingredients possible.
Watch for posts coming soon on the most amazing vegan makeup line ever!!!