Ready to Join the Clean Skincare Movement?
by Healthy Homestead Team
A month ago
Every day, the average woman applies more than 500 chemicals to her body. On average, most women use 15 products including shampoos, hairsprays, body lotions, makeup, deodorants, and perfumes, all of which contain some harmful chemicals.
Let’s be honest, the cosmetic industry is not regulated in the United States. Despite FDA’s best efforts, companies find a way to use dangerous chemicals that extend the shelf life of products. After all, it is a multibillion-dollar industry, and everyone wants a piece of the pie.
The good news is that there is an alternative. The clean skincare movement is one of the biggest movements for the past few years. If you look a little harder and use organic and chemical-free products, you can vastly improve your health, and the look of your body and skin. Chemical-free skin and beauty care is very much accessible, if you dig a little. But don't worry, we have done the hard work for you and have organic, chemical free products available right here on Healthy Homestead, and more are coming soon!
Top 5 Chemicals lurking in skincare products
Parabens prevent bacteria, mold, fungus, and parasites. But they are cheap preservatives, present in more than 60% of all cosmetic products. They contain chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin and into our bloodstream, they mimic estrogen, disrupt natural hormonal balance, and can lead to breast cancer.
Present in 50% of all cosmetic products, fragrances are a blend of aromatics which give beauty products their trademark scent. In most cases, they are a mix of chemicals. When you see fragrances on the label, it is basically a way to hide all “secret ingredients”. Law in the United States does not require companies to show what is in that secret formula, so you cannot know if there are allergens or harmful ingredients.
Commonly used as a preservative in skincare products, triclosan can have many negative health effects. Usually, you can find the ingredient in products claiming to be anti-bacterial. While it helps kill some bacteria, the ingredient can also help grow certain types of bacteria that resist antibiotics.
Group of chemicals, these are used to make products more liquid and less dry. You can find them in detergents, shampoos, creams, nail polishes, and moisturizers. The problem is they are usually masked under “fragrances”, and you cannot identify them. Phthalates have been linked with female reproductive defects and asthma.
Found in many liquid skincare products, propylene glycol allows chemicals to penetrate deep into your skin. It can cause inflammation and irritation of the skin.
What is the Clean Skin Movement?
The main motto of the clean skin movement is simple, “nothing natural thrived on synthetic toxins, so why should you risk it”? Putting synthetic ingredients on your skin results with a build-up of chemicals, impurities, and other ingredients clogging up your pores, entering your bloodstream, and affecting your overall health.
It is not enough that the water we drink and the air we breathe can sometimes be polluted, so why add more toxins through our food and skin care? The clean skincare movement believes that you can care for your skin using superfoods, and natural and organic ingredients made without a single synthetic ingredient. Yes, that it is possible. You just have to be little more informed.
When you feed your body with super food and other natural ingredients, your skin looks more radiant, glowing, and healthy. Look for products labeled vegan, cruelty-free, sustainable, and without any of the harmful ingredients we mentioned above.
What to use instead?
A common question among women joining the clean skin movement is what to use instead for their skin and hair care? Well, luckily, there are a lot of alternatives. Do a little more research, and you will find a natural remedy for almost any ailment. Just for quick info, we give you a couple of natural alternatives to skin care:
- Vitamin E
- Rosemary extract
- Essential oils including, rosemary, thyme, citrus, lavender, and more
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Antioxidants oils including avocado, hemp seed oil, olive oil, and almond oil
- Foam-free natural products
- Carrier oils like coconut oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil
- Natural moisturizers like vegetable glycerin, raw honey, shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil
Benefits of using clean skincare
The rise of consumer awareness is all due to the benefits of natural beauty and skin care. There is an increasing number of studies that prove the benefits. Here is a quick breakdown:
- No more irritation and inflammation
- Reduced redness of the skin
- More effective and long-lasting results
- Improved moisture of the skin
- Can be used on sensitive skin
- Patients with eczema tolerate natural products better
- Helps with management of skin issues like acne
- No added exposure to dangerous chemicals