5-step easy beauty cabinet detox
A woman uses on average 12 skincare and beauty products before she leaves the house every day. If she is using conventional products, this equals 12 potentially toxic loads applied directly to her skin.
The skin is the largest organ of the body -- and just like nicotine through a patch, the skin absorbs anything topically applied into your bloodstream. This means with every application you are circulating potentially dangerous matter to every cell in your body. The skin is also colonized with healthy bacteria; forming a microbiome that contributes to essential barrier function of the skin and perhaps even overall health. Ingredients in conventional skin care destroy these healthy helpers, disabling the skin’s main function as our first line of defense to the elements.
Make your routine one that will nourish your cells and support your skin microbiome with non-toxic and plant based options. Here are the first 5 things that you should swap when you detoxify your routine. Instead of complicated ingredient lists I’ve tried to use some common sense references to make your reorganization less stressful. Top common sense rule: If you can’t pronounce it or wouldn’t eat it, it might not belong on your body.
1. The most problematic ingredients in conventional antiperspirants are anti-microbials, aluminum and parabens. Collectively they upset healthy microbial balance and disrupt hormone function (think: fertility issues, early puberty, early menopause). Aluminum and parabens have been linked to breast cancer. Safeguard yourself from these toxins -- you should be able to recognize all the ingredients as natural in your deodorant, like those found in Agent Nateur Holi(stick) No. 3.
2. The problem with conventional cleansers (face cleanser, body wash, shampoo) is the detergent itself. The ingredient that makes cleansers “sudsy” can be irritating, drying and overly stripping to an unhealthy degree. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and its relatives should be avoided. If you think you need a sudsy effect to feel clean, opt for clean castile soaps. Or, eliminate suds entirely by choosing an oil or cream-based cleanser like Replenishing Oil Cleanser by Marie Veronique for the face.
3. Do you feel like you have to reapply your lipstick, gloss, or balm throughout the day? Where do you think it goes when it gets licked off, or transferred to your food? That’s right -- it gets ingested directly into your body. When the FDA reviewed lip products in 2011, the majority of the products had lead and other heavy metals such as arsenic and mercury present, even Burt’s Bees. Since heavy metals build up in our bodies over time, (and in spite of its findings the FDA won’t take steps to regulate cosmetic ingredients) it’s best to avoid conventional lip products altogether and instead opt for those made from food-grade ingredients and pigments like Kosas.
4. Body moisturizers will cover most of your skin surface meaning maximum absorption, so make sure your creams are clean. Common culprits in conventional body lotions include formaldehyde releasers, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, and parabens. Choose instead milks that contain naturally moisturizing and soothing ingredients such as meadowfoam, rosehip and camellia oils, and always opt for a maker like Ellis Brooklyn that only uses naturally-sourced fragrances such as essential oils.
5. Immersing yourself in a hot bath can be one of the most relaxing and luxurious moments of self-care you can possibly gift to yourself. Rather than sinking into bubbles (see above reference to detergents) soak in mineral rich salts and clays that can detoxify and heal.
Stay tuned for my upcoming Valentine’s Day Gift List where I’ll recommend my top picks for filling these new spaces in your beauty cabinet!