We are definelly living in the eat clean era. Smoothie bowls and healthy avocado toasts are all over our Instagram feeds and adopting a vegan diet has never been so popular. Fitness influencers have crazy amounts of followers and especially if you are living in L.A, you are always looking for the next workout hype to break a sweat. These are all positive changes and every victory towards a healthier lifestyle and a positive mindset should be celebrated.
But as a skin care brand, we know that there is another crucial subject that needs to be explained and talked about openly in the media. A scientific study by the Herb Research Foundation revealed that the skin absorbs up to 60 percent of the chemicals in products that it comes into contact with directly, straight into the bloodstream. If the average woman uses around 12 personal care products a day and containing 168 different chemicals, you can only imagine how many toxins we are absorbing without any awareness.
That means that what we apply on our skin should be as clean as what we eat. But for most people, it’s not. Most of these synthetic chemicals are skin penetrators, skin irritants, endocrine disruptors and are carcinogenic.
They are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold in beauty products. Parabens contain estrogen-mimicking properties that have been linked to an increased rate of breast cancer.
They are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources and is suspected to be a human carcinogen. It is a skin irritant, which links to ADHD in children.
It doesn’t sound so scary but “fragrance” is considered a trade secret, which means that companies don’t have to disclose what ingredients are inside. Fragrance mixes are linked to dermatitis, allergies, respiratory defects and potential effects on the reproductive system.
They are endocrine disruptors and increase your risk of breast cancer, congenital reproductive disabilities in males and females and early development in girls.
The other chemicals include triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, toluene and propylene glycol. Sunscreen chemicals such as PABA, benzophenone, avobenzone, homosalate and methoxycinnamate also affect your health.