Did you know that beauty products, even ones labeled organic and all natural, have ingredients in them that are linked to cancer, hormonal imbalances, immune dysfunction and more?
Most people are aware of how contaminated the U.S. food system is, however I’ve found that a large portion of the population has no clue what they’re absorbing through their skin every time they jump in the shower or wash their face.
I wish I was kidding, but I’m not. Most of these ingredients aren’t even regulated, not to mention the fact that most of them have never even been tested for human safety. In fact, most of them are labeled as industrial chemicals and therefor do not have to be tested before they’re put on the market.
Here are a few of the biggest beauty product offenders:
Parabens – This preservative is found in make up, body washes, deodorant, shampoos and face washes, even though it has been linked to allergic reactions, dysrupts hormonal balance and increases your risk of breast cancer.
Fragrance – My least favorite “catch all” phrase. All fragrance means is that the ingredients are a secret. According to EWG, fragrance mixes have been linked to allergies, dermatitis, and even dysruption of your reproductive system. This includes “natural fragrance” as well. In order to avoid fragrance, make sure to check your labels on perfumes, cologne, shampoos, conditioners, body washes, moisturizers, cleaning products and more.
Phthalates – This is a plasticizer, that makes plastic more flexible and durable. So why do they put it in cosmetics and beauty products? I still can’t wrap my head around that, or the fact that they do this even though it is a known endocrine disruptor and has been linked to breast cancer and birth defects.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – This is what makes your face wash and shampoo foamy. Fun, right? Think again. This carcinogen is known to cause kidney and respiratory damage.
Formaldahyde – A word you’ve probably heard before, this is a preservative used to help prevent bacterial growth. It’s also been linked to impaired immune system function and cancer.
And that’s just a few toxic ingredients found in beauty products including face cleansers. I would keep going, but I’d be here all day and then we’d never get to the natural beauty products I love so much.
After developing an autoimmune disease, then finding out that my hormones were very much out of balance, I started to learn more and more about what I was putting inside and on my body. You see, I’d been eating a healthy, paleo-ish diet for almost a decade, I exercised regularly and I even meditated every day. I was doing “all the things”, except I wasn’t. Because the toxicity of the western lifestyle wasn’t really on my radar at all.
Over time, I developed a personal beauty routine that worked for me, and that’s what I am sharing with you today. It’s important to note that we all have different bodies and therefor different beauty needs, but this is a good place to start.
5 Common Household Items That Double As Natural Face Cleansers
1) Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal product that cleans and moisturizes your skin at the same time. I use coconut oil as my daily fash wash, gently rubbing it into my skin, rinsing with warm water and patting my face dry. I also use it as part of my face scrub, which I use twice a week. I add 2 tbsp of coconut oil with 1 tsp of sea salt, and then gently exfoliate my face, rinse and pat try.
ACV is known to restore your skin’s natural pH, improve your complexion and even out your skin tone. I keep it in a glass jar on my sink, mixed half and half with natural spring water. After I wash my face with coconut oil, I use an organic cotton ball to apply it to my face and then let it dry. If you have sensitive skin, you can use the ACV every other day, or add more water.
Note: You can also add Witch Hazel to your toner if you have that laying around the house.
Tea Tree Essential Oil is my acne spot treatment. It’s a natural antifungal agent and can be used to fight acne, functal infections, scabies and more. I use an organic q-tip and apply tea tree oil directly to any trouble areas after I apply my ACV toner and before bed. For people with sensitive skin, it’s best to dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. I order my Tea Tree Oil from Ananda Apothecary, but any therapeutic grade essential oil should do.
Benonite Clay is known around the world as the healing clay, and has been used across cultures for centuries. It is made from volcanic ash and is best known for it’s detoxing properties. It pulls toxins from the skin, unclogging pores and shrinking them. It also makes your skin baby smooth. Every Saturday, I mix 1 tbsp of benonate clay with 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in a ceramic bowl. It’s important not to use any metal when mixing. This forms a foaming, mud like substance that you spread over your face, paying attention not to get it in your eyes or on your lips. Then you let it dry for 10-20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. It’s normal for your face to tingle during the treatment, and to be red afterwards. Burning is not normal.
Rose Oil water is the essential oil of a rose mixed with distilled water. It is known to even out skin tone, help fade scars, regulate hormones and also as a natural moisturizer. It can be used with coconut oil as a fash wash and like the ACV as a toner, but I like to use it as the final step on my beauty regime as my moisturizer. Once I am finished washing, toning, scrubbing or doing my mask, I just spray it lightly over my face and I’m done.
Do you have your own all natural beauty products you like to use? Tell me about them in the comments below!