Beauty isn’t only skin deep. There are many, hundreds if not thousands, of beauty products that promote beautiful skin, amazing eyelashes, shiny nails, sparkly eyes… But at what cost? Have you ever given any thought to what these miraculous products are doing to your body, below “skin deep”?
We have all heard this before at some time or another. Most of us associate it with a state of being or an emotion. Stop and think about it.
What’s on the inside DOES count, even more than what’s on the outside. To begin with, your “outside” is often a reflection of what is going on “inside”. Although, there are times when someone can appear to be super healthy and fit, and they are literally falling apart on the inside.
Most of us are familiar with the protocol of keeping healthy: choose nourishing whole foods, drink plenty of water, exercise, avoid junk foods, and so on. All of these things are key in keeping healthy, but what about nourishing and protecting our largest organ- the skin?
No way…..yuck! But in all reality, we “eat” everything we put on our bodies. Our skin absorbs everything we spray, slather, and dab on our body. Unlike food items, cosmetics do not require FDA approval prior to being placed on the market. Additionally, keep in mind that trade or secret ingredients can be labeled as “and other ingredients”. As of late, more companies are jumping on board and listing their full product ingredients. Although for many of us, unless you have a science degree, these listings can be overwhelming.
Thankfully, there are a few websites that offer information to help us decode some of these mysterious ingredients and their potential effects on people and environment. A good starting point, and a fairly popular site, is EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database. I consider this a starting point, as I don’t always agree with their rating system. It is a fantastic database, but I still encourage you to learn about each ingredient. Do your own research on individual ingredients and decide if they are safe to your own standards. Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is also an amazing database that provides information on ingredients in cosmetics, along with a list of companies that offer less toxic products.
2. Learn the botanical names of plant-based ingredients. For example, Butyrospermum Parkii, is shea butter.
4. Support companies that demonstrate a concern for health and the environment.
6. To save time, read the ingredient list from the bottom up. Preservatives are usually listed last as they are used in the smallest amounts.