Cancer is on the rise. It is estimated that by 2030 one of four people will get cancer and it’s no secret that products used on our skin create some of the most toxins in our bodies. So, today we want to talk about products you can start using right away that are non-toxic and safe for you and your family.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BEAUTY PRODUCTS AREN'T REGULATED?
The beauty industry is one of the most unregulated industries in the world. There are no set standards for the products, and companies are not required to disclose all of the ingredients. This means that consumers do not know if what they are using is safe or if they will suffer any negative effects. We are constantly bombarded with messages telling us how we should look and feel but this information is often misleading.
TOP 5 BEAUTY INGREDIENTS YOU SHOULD AVOID
The cosmetics industry is rife with misleading advertising and questionable practices. There are products being marketed as """"natural"""" when in fact they are made with chemicals that can have negative health effects. In addition, products marketed to women of color or people with darker complexions are more likely to be filled with harmful ingredients that can cause irritation, redness or infection. Here is a list of ingredients you should avoid:
1. Mineral Oil - If you use mineral oil on your skin, you are at risk for skin cancer. It's used in cosmetics and personal care products including haircare products, coloring products, lotions, and creams. It's also been linked to lung and breast cancer. But did you know it's used in some makeup products as well? Many cosmetics manufacturers are using mineral oil in their makeup products without telling their customers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that products containing mineral oil should not be used on children under age 14. The FDA also says that products containing mineral oil should not be used on children over age 14 who have dark skin or who have a family history of skin cancer.
2. Phthalates - Phthalates (phthalates) are a group of chemicals used in the production of many cosmetics and personal care products. They are known for their estrogen-like effects, which are believed to promote breast tissue growth. Phthalates are found in many cosmetics and toiletries, including creams, perfumes, hair sprays, deodorants, and cosmetics for hair care. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified some phthalates as toxic and carcinogenic.
3. (SLS) Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and (SLES) Sodium Laureth Sulfate - SLS is a harsh chemical that has been linked to asthma, brain damage, and other health problems. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is an ingredient in cosmetics that can irritate the skin and cause respiratory problems. The SLES in your beauty products can also cause cancer if it enters the bloodstream; therefore, it is important to avoid products containing it. Manufacturers are required by the U.S. government to list ingredients on product labels; however, many companies do not list SLES on their labels.
4. Diethanolamine (DEA) - The FDA has issued an alert about DEA, a carcinogen found in many cosmetics and personal care products. The FDA is advising consumers to avoid products containing DEA and to contact their health care providers if they become aware of any side effects associated with these products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also advising consumers to watch for signs of cancer, which includes changes in skin color, loss of appetite, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives - these are ingredients that slowly release formaldehyde into your skin. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives have been linked to several cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer. The ingredients that release formaldehyde include parabens, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate , acetaldehyde, and 2-phenoxyethanol.
Top 5 Beauty Ingredients you should use
1. Shea Butter - Shea Butter is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your skin from free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause cell damage, which can lead to premature aging and disease. When you use shea butter, these free radicals are neutralized and your immune system becomes stronger and more efficient.
2. Green Tea - Green tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants which have been shown to prevent aging and protect cells from damage. Green tea also contains compounds such as selenium and zinc which help protect against free radicals.
3. Aloe - Aloe has powerful healing abilities. It's full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that fight free radicals. It's also a rich source of vitamin E, which helps protect your skin from sun damage. If you're suffering from acne or other skin problems, then using aloe may help improve your condition.
4. African Black Soap - African black soap is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral; it heals wounds, reduces inflammation, promotes cell growth and combats infection. It is also rich in antioxidants and fatty acids essential for healthy skin. It is widely used in Africa for skin care and for body care. The link between African black soap and healthy skin is well established. Its benefits include more effective absorption of nutrients, increased cell turnover and collagen production, improved skin tone and elasticity as well as reduced likelihood of skin cancer.
5. Rose Hip Oil - The benefits of using rose hip oil have been well publicized. The main ingredient is resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes, red wine, and green tea. It's best known for its ability to slow down the aging process by protecting skin cells from free radicals. Rose hip oil also improves circulation throughout the body and can reduce the chances of blood clots forming. Rose hip oil has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes in Africa and Central America as a treatment for joint pain, arthritis, and wounds.
Keeping your skin healthy without harmful ingredients can be hard. Nowadays, we’re exposed to more chemicals than ever before, and many of these are known to cause skin damage. If you want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, you need to avoid harmful chemicals whenever possible. This means choosing products that are free of dangerous preservatives, fragrances and colors. It also means avoiding products containing high levels of alcohol, which can cause dehydration.
We believe in being kind to your skin. That’s why we create products with only good-for-you ingredients, formulated to nurture the skin and preserve its natural beauty without harmful chemicals. Our products are chemical-free, fast-absorbing and specially crafted for every skin type.