NatureMomma: Skin-Friendly Skin Care
In the process of investigating good-for-you sunblocks, I began to question all the other “stuff” we put on our skin. What’s in our bath and body washes, shampoos, conditioners, face creams, and makeup? If there are a ton of harmful/harsh chemicals and things in our sunscreens, are those things present in ALL things we put on our skin? Looking at product labels can be daunting. First of all, it’s hard enough to pronounce some of those things, let alone understand what they are or if they are harmful or not. Also, many products claim to be all-natural, paraben-free, or organic, but does that necessarily mean that they are “good” for you?
I consulted the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database again and typed in the name of some of the products I use (face lotions, makeup, etc.) into the database search engine. Within seconds, I could see the rating it received and why it received that rating. I was surprised by some of the chemicals used and how they can be “disguised” in products. Did you know that some common ingredients in everyday products can have “hormone-disrupting effects?” I also began to realize that very few over-the-counter products (if any) are 100% safe so I asked myself which chemicals were the worst ones to look out for, and found a list of the top 15 things to look for/avoid in skin care products from Natural Solutions Magazine.
The shelves can be daunting when you consider all the “bad” stuff that is in common products, BUT you have to ask yourself how far do you want to take this? Reducing SOME of the harmful ingredients in your everyday products is, I think, the best way to start. I don’t want to go crazy, throwing out all my current body care products, and spending a fortune on products that are safer, AND difficult to find! Rather, I’m going to do my best to find quality products and watch for ingredients in some of things I buy. Also, if you REALLY want to be safe, you can always make your own beauty treatments (there are lots of websites that feature homemade skincare, etc.). I tried my hand at this and made a Bath and Body scrub that is nice, using raw sugar, skin oil (like light sesame or grapeseed oil), and essential oils. So here’s to a spring filled with healthy skin care for all!