Why Clean Beauty? Plus, My favorite products!
If you’re here, you probably care about the ingredients in the food you are eating and that makes me so happy! Nourishing our bodies is definitely becoming more mainstream and that is extremely exciting. Juice shops, yoga studios, and meditation centers are popping up on every corner and while we have made so much progress as a society in the wellness space, we still have a lot to think about. For example, have you thought much about the products you are using? Your skin is your largest organ and should be given the same respect and love that you give you your insides!
When I started my own wellness journey and speant a lot of time learning more about how the US food system operates, I started to wonder about other products that are sold by large corporations. Unfortunately, what I learned about the cosmetics and skincare industry was just as alarming as the food system. For example, as noted by Beauty by Earth, in Europe there are over 1300 substances are banned from use in cosmetics while in the United States the FDA has only banned 11. Only ELEVEN you guys! What is that about?! These substances are banned in Europe because they are scientifically proven to be harmful to your health, yet thousands (probably closer to millions) of American consumers have no idea. They rightfully assume that if something is being sold to them, if must be safe. Research shows that unfortunately, that is just not true.
I know it can be overwhelming to think about overhauling your entire cosmetics collection and believe me, I get it! I used to be the queen of YSL lip gloss. For years, I had a permanent bright pink glossy lip thanks to their toxic AF long-lasting formula. The reality is that this process is overwhelming but absolutely can be done over time. Don’t pressure yourself to get rid of everything at once, everything worthwhile takes time! It took me about a year to completely transfer over to clean beauty and skin care products. Start by replacing conventional products with a clean alternative when you run out. It is much more financially feasible than just overhauling everything at once. Also, download Think Dirty if you haven’t already. It is an app that scans your products and gives them a rating from 0 to 9. Zero being the most clean and nine being the most toxic. Be prepared for an eye opening experience!
Over the last several years, I’ve tried a bunch of clean beauty products and still have so many more to experiment with. I want to share my favorites with you to give you an idea of where to start. I use most of these products on a daily basis or have used them regularly at some point and love them!
You’ll notice that I definitely have my favorite go-to brands. Keep in mind that there are so many great products out there with amazing ingredients, so you can experiment and see what is best for you and your skin! I trust everything The Organic Bunny sells in her online store along with so many wonderful brands.