Some of these ingredients may be harmless, but other commonly found chemicals in products such as phthalates are found to have a negative effect on our health.
As people strive to make healthy changes in their lifestyle for the coming year, it may be high time to make some healthy changes to improve your personal care or makeup routine.
Not only will making these choices be better for you, but you'll feel the difference once you've made a few adjustments to your personal care routine.
Here are some simple, natural beauty tips that will make a huge impact on the way you look and feel.
The sad truth about the beauty industry
Unfortunately, much of the commercial beauty industry takes advantage of the fear that you're not beautiful and that this matters.
And, to make matters worse, some of the most popular beauty products on the market contain dangerous ingredients that eat away at your microbial and overall health.
While these products may produce short-term results, they'll likely ultimately take care on your looks as your health declines.
So, not only are many of the standard beauty items making you feel insecure, they are also not doing you any favors when it comes to taking care of your skin and body.
The questionable topical ingredients in cosmetics and skin care products are particularly insidious because what you put on your skin doesn't necessarily stay on your skin.
Some of it gets absorbed into your body and ends up in your bloodstream - bypassing the digestive system and filtering protection of the liver.
A good general guideline is if you can't pronounce an ingredient or understand exactly what it is, chances are it's not something you want to introduce to your body.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), these common bath and beauty ingredients are among the most critical to avoid, due to their potential health hazards:
FD&C or D&C colors
Artificial surfactants and lubricants such as PEGs
Triethanolamine (or “TEA")
It's also wise to avoid fragrance as an ingredient. While the word “fragrance” may seem innocent enough, it typically indicates artificial chemicals that have been engineered to smell pleasant.
Sadly, the way these artificial chemicals behave in the body is anything but sweet, they can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, as well as cause respiratory, reproductive, immune, eye, and neurological issues.
Be aware that many dangerous ingredients show up in products advertised as simple,natural,etc., or even occasionally “organic”.
So don't automatically trust what manufacturers say about the cosmetics, moisturizers, sunscreens, and shampoos you're considering you've got to be the informed consumer.
Choose sulfate-free shower products
Sulfates are found in a majority of shower products to give you that foaming action and make you think that you're getting squeaky clean.
However, sulfates can strip hair of essential oils and make it look dull. Moreover, it can fade hair color and strip it of moisture.
Sulfates can also be irritating to the skin and cause it to lose its glow.
As you can use and ingest a significant amount of lip products in your lifetime, then switching to products with fewer chemicals, preservatives, and artificial coloring and flavoring may be better for your health.
When choosing a lip balm or lip product, don't just make you pick based on the scent, flavor, color, or packaging.
Make it a point to check out the ingredients and find out if it has moisturizing and soothing benefits and whether it's ethically produced.
Go barefaced at least once a week
Wearing makeup can boost your self-confidence, but it's important to let your skin breathe at least once a week.
Pick a no-makeup day in any given week and focus on skin care on that day. Follow it up with a light coat of sunscreen before heading outdoors.
If you can't bear the thought of not having any makeup on when out in public, then go for a three-product minimum - a bit of tinted moisturizer, lip balm, and somehow product can make you look polished but will still allow your natural beauty to shine through.
Making a few changes to your personal care routine not only improves your health, but it's also empowering as you get to invest in your well-being.
Try natural beauty tips to have a healthier personal care and makeup routine.