Did you know that we come into contact with 100,000 chemicals every day? And less than 5% of these chemicals have been thoroughly tested for their long term effects on humans? Those are pretty scary numbers for those of us chasing to live greener lives either by purchasing organic clothing or recycling. Head over to your medicine cabinet (or where you keep your makeup, your skincare goods, your shampoos), and read the original labels. One facet of our lives we forget to make greener is what we put on our skin every single day.
Cosmetics are not regulated by governmental agencies. That shampoo you put in your hair this morning and that moisturizer you put on your face? Their safety is determined by the cosmetic manufacturers. Does that think scare you?
Thankfully, you will find some things you can do. First, do not buy goods that contain phthalates, formaldehyde, phenols, sodium laureth sulfate, coal tar, toxic dyes, and synthetic fragrances. Next, do not believe that a product is "natural", because it is labeled as such. There are numerous goods out there labeled as "natural" and "organic" that still contain paraben and formaldehyde preservations. You also do not have to sell off your firstborn child to be able to afford true organic beauty goods. There are several inexpensive natural cosmetic lines that work just as well as the super high-priced ones.
An additional factor to bear in mind is you will NOT look like a celebrity. Do not fall into the advertising trap and acquire a product just for the reason that your favorite celebrity wears it. Photoshop is their very best friend. If you should see a great deal of the celebrities out there without makeup, they look more like us than you'd believe.
You also do not require a unique moisturizer for your face. Save yourself some cash and remember that less is more. Pay attention to what ingredient is listed first. In the US and Canada, any chemical above 1% by weight has to be listed in order by concentration. You do not want your first ingredients to all be chemicals. You need to also choose items that come in sustainable packaging. Providers like Cargo pack their items in packaging that contains real plant seeds. On average, a plastic shampoo bottle would take 450 years to degrade in a landfill. A bottle made from glass may be recycled along with a bottle made from corn and soya takes 30 – 40 days to biodegrade.
No one has ever disputed the safety of products like coconut oil, aloe vera extract, chamomile infusion, or green tea. They've been tried by millions over the ages, and their safety proved. Why are we utilizing products with ingredients that may cause diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's which are worse than the problem we had been trying to solve to begin with?
The quantity of items in my own bathroom made me ill when I realized how many chemicals my family was utilizing on a normal basis. It does not matter if you're using a bamboo towel if you are lathering your body with a product that has serious side effects!