Beauty is more than skin deep and so are our skin care products. Did you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body? And anything we put on it gets absorbed immediately. And unlike eating something unhealthy, your skin doesn’t have a digestive system to push out the bad stuff. That’s why I’d strongly recommend you switch to natural organic skincare products.
Listen to this.
The average American woman applies 168 chemicals to her face and body each day. Let that sink in. (Just not into your skin, please.)
Of course some of these chemicals have been tested and proved harmless. Although not too long ago doctors were still telling people that eggs and butter were bad for their health so I don’t always take everything they say as gospel.
Switch to Natural, Organic Skincare Products
Why? Because some chemicals we use have shown to be endocrine disruptors, full of carcinogens (think burnt food) and toxins. Others aren’t even reviewed fully before hitting shelves.
In 2013, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists admitted that there is evidence linking chemicals we use in our every day lives to ““adverse reproductive and developmental health outcomes.”
AKA that means the chemicals we use can either prevent us from getting pregnant or contribute to cancers.
While personally I believe in fewer regulations for our nation’s businesses, I do believe we have a responsibility to do our own research about what we eat and put on our skin each day.
For more information about the unfortunate adverse affects of chemicals on our health, read this Guardian’s article on the subject.
Ingredients to Avoid in Beauty Products
Parabens keep bacteria out of our beauty products giving them a longer shelf-life. And while parabens can be found in nature (blueberries, vanilla, carrots), these are not the kind companies are putting in your shampoo and conditioners.
Why people think they’re bad: Parabens have been known to cause skin sensitivity. Worse yet, some claim parabens have been linked to breast cancer, although the research doesn’t seem conclusive enough. While the jury is out on parabens it hasn’t stopped companies like Herbal Essences from removing it from some of its products. (Though they still contain sulfates.)
Look for: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben
Sulfates are what create that wonderful lathering or foaming experience we love in our shampoos and body washes. And as mentioned above they are the only way to get silicone out of your hair. The bad news is they are very harmful to your hair, stripping them of natural oils and eventually leading to dry, brittle, straw-like hair.
How to find them: sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and ammonium lauryl sulfate
Phthalates are a chemical used to soften plastics and make them more flexible. They are found not only in the bottles we use, but also in the products themselves from hairsprays to lotions.
Sounds like just what I want in my skincare. They are known endocrine disruptors and have been linked to an increase risk in breast cancer, early puberty in little girls and reproductive birth defects.
For the rest of the ingredients make sure to read the article the Huffington Post put together called 10 ingredients to avoid in your beauty products.
Now, I don’t believe in fear-mongering but I also think we should err on the side of caution when it comes to the chemicals we expose ourselves to. Why not go natural and organic when possible, instead?
Not only that, but in my own life I’ve seen PROOF of clearer skin and better health after reducing my exposure to chemicals in cleaners, makeup and skincare products.
How Switching to Natural Organic Skincare Products Changed My Skin
After years of suffering with acne one day I decided to change my diet and clean up my skincare routine. What a difference it has made! I’m not going to go too much into diet because it’s different for everyone, but cutting out milk and sugar helped my skin the most. Don’t get me wrong, I still eat dessert. I just try to be a little more careful about how many Reese’s Peanut Butter cups I eat in one sitting.
(Just don’t ask my husband or he may tell you a different story about me.)
As for my skincare, I stopped buying chemical filled products from the drugstore. Oddly enough I found that the ones that promised to clear my acne always made it worse.
Did you know many breakouts can be avoided simple by being kinder and gentler to your skin? And yet, we keep scrubbing, wiping, scraping, and exfoliating in hopes of finding a magic concoction.
Try This Instead…
Not only was I trying to use chemicals to clear my skin, but I was mixing them from different products and irritating my skin even more.
Oh, and if you want a few other pointers on how to get clearer skin, head over and read my post on 10 Ways to Get Clearer Skin that You Might Not Be Trying.
And they cleared up my face! As I get older my skin requires even more TLC and there are some awesome companies out there with products full of ingredients that I am just not able to get my hands on easily to make myself.
My New Favorite Organic Skincare Company
My new favorite company is Shelby Naturals.
I’m going to borrow from Shelby’s site below:
Here she is talking about what sets her organic skincare products a part from the ones you’ll find at the drug store.
We use all active ingredients, no fillers. Our products are active, and that is why they perform so well. Most companies fill their products with cheap, often toxic ingredients that do nothing, and even cause premature aging to your skin. They put more money into the marketing of the product, then into the actual formulation! This is completely backwards.
What are active ingredients? Simply put, they are ingredients that your skin recognizes, exotic ingredients found in nature that are full of antioxidants, polyphenols, and skin cell rejuvenating abilities (collagen production) – everything we want.
What is an antioxidant?
An antioxidant destroys free radicals and protects your cells from oxidation, both of which cause aging.
What is a polyphenol? A polyphenol is an anti-aging compound that protects cells and acts as an antioxidant.
The quality and source of the ingredients are also crucial to the performance of the product. We source our ingredients from people that specialize in the ingredients they are sourcing, who put high standards and quality before everything else. We do not heat any of our oils, allowing the antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins to remain intact. All of the oils we use are certified organic or wildcrafted. Keep in mind, “certified organic” ensures only safety, not quality. We have taken the extra measures to guarantee only the highest quality ingredients are used in our formulations.
And heres a big old list of awesome ingredients you can find in her products:
+ *camellia seed oil: strong antioxidant, collagen producer &
anti-microbial. Extracted from the green tea plant.
+ *castor oil: stimulates collagen + elastin production, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory
+ cetearyl alcohol: vegetable sourced, used to preserve the face cream and body lotion
+ cetyl alcohol: vegetable sourced, used to preserve the face cream and body lotion.
+ glycerin: vegetable sourced, enhances skin’s protective barrier and moisturizes. Used in the face cream and body lotion.
+ glyceryl monostearate: organic molecule used as an emulsifier. Used in the face cream and body lotion.
+ *golden jojoba oil: rich in vitamin e, anti-aging, anti-microbial,
+ *moroccan argan oil: strong antioxidant, high in vitamins a + e + c, boosts cell + collagen production
+ *orange blossom hydrosol: stimulates collagen + elastin production, anti-bacterial, naturally contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid, AHA (firms + tones)
+ **orange blossoms: strong antioxidant, high in polyphenols. Infuses antioxidant power into the orange blossom hydrosol.
+ *otto olive oil: strong antioxidant, high in vitamin e and polyphenols. Sourced directly from a family-owned farm in Italy that is known for some of the highest quality olive oil in the world. This specific olive oil is harvested in October and is known to contain the highest amount of antioxidants compared to other olive oils.
+ phenoxetol: fights bacterial growth and fungus. Used in the face cream and body lotion.
+ *seabuckthorn fruit oil: loaded with antioxidants, vitamins e + a + c and plant sterols = mega anti-aging
+ *shea butter: boosts collagen production, rich in vitamin e + a, anti-inflammatory
+ sodium citrate: maintains pH. Used in the face cream and body lotion to prevent bacterial growth.
+ *sunflower seed oil: rich in vitamin e, its range of vitamins + fatty acids act as antioxidants to regenerate the skin cells and help the skin get rid of acne-causing bacteria.
+ *sweet almond oil: rich in vitamin e and a potent antioxidant.
+ *virgin coconut oil: antioxidant, high in fatty acids that hydrate + balance the skin, anti-bacterial.
+ vitamin e: potent antioxidant
+ water, purified
+ *bergamot: reduces scars and all marks on the skin (dark + age spots)
+ *lemon essential oil: high in d-limonene and vitamin c, potent antioxidants and collagen boosters
+ *myrrh: potent antioxidant
+ *neroli: revives skin at a cellular level
+ *peppermint essential oil: calms skin inflammation, renews the skin and encourages skin cell regeneration. A potent acne fighter.
+ *sweet orange essential oil: high in limonene, myrcene and vitamin c, potent antioxidants. Anti-Inflammatory.
+ *white grapefruit essential oil: high in limonene, protective of cells + DNA. High in vitamin c, and has strong anti-bacterial properties
Awesome list, right?
I’ve been using Shelby Naturals for several weeks now and my skin is fresh and clean.
First, my cleared up from the breakout caused by my Easter candy almost instantly (And yes, my mom still makes me an Easter basket.)
Second, my skin glows! Yes, it GLOWS. But let me talk a little bit more about the specific products I’ve been using.
So the face cleanser is not your typical lathering cleanser. Instead, it follows the Oil Cleansing Method, or OCM. OCM is when you put a natural oil on your face, then place a hot wet cloth over it to help the oil seep into your pores and give you a deep clean.
The OCM feels so much more luxurious than other face cleansing methods and it WORKS at deep cleaning your pores. It is antibacterial and stimulates cell reproduction. Yes, please.
The Toner – oh the toner! Guys, this smells beyond amazing! I can’t get over the orange blossom smell. But not only does it smell heavenly, it neutralizes bacteria and opens your pores so the serum and moisturizer can work even better.
Argan oil is infused with neroli, myrrh, bergamot and sweet orange oils that attack all sorts of troubled skin and makes it glow. I only recently started using serums but will keep it a part of my skincare routine going forward.
Lastly, I’ve been using Shelby Naturals organic moisturizer made with seabuckthorn fruit oil and moroccan argan oil – AKA full of antioxidant and collagen-boosting abilities. As I march forward in my 30s words like “collagen-boosting” abilities get me really excited.
Now onto the good stuff…
WIN AN ESSENTIAL SKINCARE SET By Shelby Naturals