Why Clean Skincare Matters

Did you know that your skin in your largest organ? Our skin is an integral part of our immune system that helps to keep us healthy and well.

The personal care products we use each day - lotions, deodorants, make- up, etc. often contain chemicals that can easily be absorbed and pass through to our circulatory system. While not all chemicals that we can absorb are harmful, many of the ones found in conventional personal care products are.

Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care Products

The average woman uses 12+ personal care products every day; men use about 6. Nearly all conventional (ie. not organic, plant based) personal care products contain chemicals that have been linked to a long list of chronic health issues including:

● Early onset puberty

● Increased risk of breast cancer

● Birth defects (primarily in boys)

● Decreased thyroid function

● Weight gain

● Diabetes

● Obesity

● Allergies

● Developmental & behavioral issues, including ADHD, and autism

● Immune system damage

● Skin irritation (rashes, contact dermatitis)

● Oxidative damage

● Cancers

Key Chemicals to Avoid

To reduce exposure to these chemicals, and to help optimize your health, it’s important to read product ingredient labels closely. While you don’t need to know every single ingredient, you should avoid products that contain any of the following:

● “Fragrance” or “Perfume/Parfum”

● Parabens

● Formaldehyde

● Quaternium-15

● DMDM hydantoin

● Imidazolidinyl urea

● Diazolidinyl urea

● Polyoxymethylene urea

● Diethanolamine (DEA)

● Monoethanolamine (MEA)

● Triethanolamine (TEA)

● Cocamide DEA

● Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

● Sodium Laureth Sulfate

● Any chemical name ending in “-eth” (eg: myreth, ceteareth, oleth)

● Retinyl palmitate,

● Phenoxyethanol (mostly if you have sensitive skin)

● Triclosan

Safer Skincare Solutions

Thankfully, there are more companies than ever before that are formulating clean, non-toxic personal care products, from shaving creams and deodorants, to shamoos and lipstick. The best resource for finding these safer products are the following online stores, apps, and certifications:

Online Databases: Environmental Working Group: Skin Deep Database

Product Certifications:

EWG Verified


Apps: EWG Healthy Living App Think Dirty

Online Retailers of highly curated personal care products free of many harmful chemicals:

The Detox Market

Credo Beauty Follain

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