Safe Beauty Alternatives vs. Commonly Used Products

 

As women, we all have our set beauty routine. Whether you put on a full face of makeup every day or prefer the more natural look, we all have our favorite must-have beauty products. But with the beauty industry being one of the largest industries in the world, it comes as no surprise that not every product we apply to our skin is 100% safe. In order to meet consumer demands, makeup companies have been including potentially harmful ingredients and chemicals into their products for years. In order to ensure you have only the safest beauty routine possible, here are some key things you should be on the lookout for the next time you’re looking to revamp your beauty routine.

Lipstick: Who doesn’t love to add a little pop of color to their lips? Whether it’s for work or for a romantic dinner date, we all have our favorite shades that we love to add to our makeup look. But it’s what’s being used to make the color that we should be weary of. Safe Cosmetics has reported that over 61% of lipsticks contain lead as well as aluminum, cadmium and other harmful chemicals. With these kinds of chemicals having the potential to cause horrible side effects such as reduced fertility and hormonal changes, everyone should consider applying a safer version to their lips. When considering safer lipsticks, look for ingredients such as castor seed oil and beeswax. If you’re not one for checking ingredients, look towards quality sites that have verified safe lipsticks. You’ll find the search isn’t as difficult as you’d think!

Hair Dye: Everybody likes to give their hair a spruce every now and then. Whether it’s for highlights or an all-over brand-new hair color, we see hair color products all around us. But next time you’re looking for a hair refresh, be mindful of hair dye products that include sulfates and parabens. These kinds of ingredients are often used in hair coloring products and can affect your hair’s natural oils leading to dry, damaged hair. When looking for hair dye, review the companies that use only natural ingredients. For example, hair dye company, oVertone is a prime example of this as their hair dyes contain only natural ingredients such as avocado oil, shea butter, and aloe vera amongst several other natural ingredients. Using only the most natural and safe ingredients for your hair will keep it at its optimal, peak health.

Deodorant: Applying deodorant to our bodies once sometimes twice a day is a habit for most of us. Though much research has been performed in recent years detailing some of the possible side effects of applying deodorant containing aluminum, parabens, triclosan and phthalates can have. Most commonly discussed is the correlation between aluminum-based deodorants and breast cancer. While these studies are still ongoing and no definitive conclusions have been drawn, some are already taking the initiative in using only natural-based deodorants. These kinds of products will include baking soda, corn starch, and arrowroot powder. You can choose to make your own deodorant at home or buy aluminum-free deodorants right from the store.

Sunscreen: Even though sunscreen isn’t technically in the beauty section, taking care of our skin from harmful UV rays is just as important as any other beauty product. In order to keep our skin protected from aging and skin cancer, we all should make it a habit to apply sunscreen during the hot summer days. However, it is important to note that even though sunscreen is meant to protect us, most commonly include a chemical known as oxybenzone which might do exactly the opposite. Research is still ongoing but nonprofit organization, Environmental Working Group has recommended to avoid using sunscreen with oxybenzone in it. As oxybenzone is most commonly included in non-mineral sunscreens, the easiest thing to do is buy and apply mineral-based sunscreens. Similar to deodorant, you can also make your own at-home sunscreen. Either way will make sure that you’re applying only the safest kind of sunscreen available in order to protect your skin.

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