As many people who know me in person can attest, I’m very passionate about healthy beauty and living, some might even call me borderline hippy-ish because of the fact that I don’t use deodorant or shampoo (Sorry if that’s TMI). And while the concept of natural and or organic beauty is becoming more popular, I think there is still a large number of unanswered questions surrounding this topic for many people. One of the largest would probably be the “why” behind choosing alternative brands over the common drugstore or more expensive solon grade counterparts.
Different people may have different reasons for implementing a natural beauty routine, following are the reasons why I do though.
One of the goals I have for myself is to be in the best health and physical condition possible. Plus, I believe as a Christian that it is my job to be the best steward of the body God gave me for the duration of my time on earth. Why then, would I knowingly use products that are working against that goal?
Many of us are conscious of what we put IN our body, but then turn around and slather our body with all manner of harmful ingredients. Survey’s show that the average adult uses 9 skincare products a day exposing themselves to an average of 126 chemical ingredients. Take a look at some more survey results from EWG.org:
12.2 million adults – one of every 13 women and one of every 23 men – are exposed to ingredients that are known or probable human carcinogens every day through their use of personal care products.
One of every 24 women, 4.3 million women altogether, are exposed daily to personal care product ingredients that are known or probable reproductive and developmental toxins, linked to impaired fertility or developmental harm for a baby in the womb or a child. These statistics do not account for exposures to phthalates that testing shows appear in an estimated three quarters of all personal care products but that, as components of fragrance, are not listed on product ingredient labels (EWG et al. 2002).
One of every five adults are potentially exposed every day to all of the top seven carcinogenic impurities common to personal care product ingredients — hydroquinone, ethylene dioxide, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, PAHs, and acrylamide. The top most common impurity ranked by number of people exposed is hydroquinone, which is a potential contaminant in products used daily by 94 percent of all women and 69 percent of all men.
Women use more products than men, and are exposed to more unique ingredients daily, but men use a surprisingly high number of products as well. The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 unique ingredients every day. Men, on the other hand, use 6 products daily with 85 unique ingredients, on average.
Our skin is THE LARGEST organ on our body. It absorbs anything that is put on it, which then goes into the bodies bloodstream. With effects such as (but not limited to) causing allergies, immunotoxicity cancer, organ damage, infertility, and birth defects in children all I have to say is a big NO THANK YOU! I’d like to decrease my susceptibility to all of those problems if possible.
I’d highly recommend checking out EWG’s skin-deep website. They are an AMAZING resource for reading about different ingredients and the dangers associated with them, and even rate different products on a scale of 1 (the safest) to 10 (most dangerous). They have a great database of products that are safe to use as well as many educational articles.
Now for the good news. You know how I said that most of the ingredients are synthetically created? Well oftentimes they are synthetically created to mimic something that is already naturally occurring in our world. From herbs and spices, to plants, fruits, vegetables, and natural oils; most synthetically created ingredients are made to mimic the amazing qualities that God infused all these things with. Which means, natural beauty really isn’t as intimidating or as impossible as it may seem. From DIY to seldom heard of brands that are natural, organic, and safe there really is a growing number of options for natural and safe beauty care products that offer even better results than the “icky” brand counterparts.
Personally, I make a lot of my own because, well its fun, and often times a lot cheaper than buying natural products. I started experimenting around age 13 because I dealt with acne and wanted to do something about it, and over the years have grown a large list of my “go to” beauty products which I use and love daily!
Do you use natural products or make any of your own?