Why Clean Beauty?
If you didn't already hear, I'm switching to Clean Beauty products after realizing that my L'oreal concealer gave me Dermatitis on my eyelid. I do not use any products on my eyelid so it was pretty easy to figure out what was causing the problem. At first I thought it was an allergic reaction to something I touched, I can be notorious for rubbing my eyelids but weeks passed and the irritation was still there. I had continued using my concealer until one day I came across a post on Instagram about toxic chemicals in beauty products. I started doing more reading and even though I always knew everything we use daily contains toxic chemicals like Formaldehyde, Parabens, Phthalates, Animal By-products and so on I finally decided to pay attention. So I finally stopped using the L'oreal True Match concealer (at this point I was still feeling skeptical that it was the culprit) and the irritation actually got better, redness went down, and my skin finally got back to normal.
So I'm making a conscious decision to try to rule out these toxins and opting for more Green, Clean, Vegan, Toxic-free brands and products. I do this knowing that I will never be able to repurchase my beloved products from Chanel, Dior, L'oreal and that's okay with me. I'm not doing this because it's a trend, I've actually never felt more overwhelmed by reading labels and looking at ingredients. I also plan on switching more than just beauty products, hopefully cleaning products and so on. I'm not perfect but I want to do my part as a consumer to be more aware and not just buy into marketing. I was actually very hesitant to share this but I share products that I love already and now it will be the same but more Clean Products.
Ingredients in L'oreal True Match Concealer:
AQUA / WATER / EAU • CYCLOPENTASILOXANE • HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE • GLYCERIN SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE • PROPYLENE GLYCOL • TITANIUM DIOXIDE • OZOKERITE • PHENOXYETHANOL • MAGNESIUM SULFATE • DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE • DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE • METHYLPARABEN • ACRYLATES COPOLYMER • BUTYLPARABEN ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE • ALUMINA • MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE • CALCIUM PANTETHEINE SULFONATE • DEXTRAN SULFATE • SILICA [+/- MAY CONTAIN : CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491 / IRON OXIDES MICA ] (Straight from L'oreal Website)
What I switched to: RMS Un Cover-Up Concealer Ingredients:
*Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499) * CERTIFIED ORGANIC (Straight from RMS website)
Even if some ingredients show no links to adverse human effects, also bear in mind their environmental effect. Don't take my word for it, do your research and choose Cleaner/Safer ingredients whether those are natural or synthetic. I'm new to reading labels and the Think Dirty app helps me figure out what ingredients to avoid, all you have to do is search a product and if the product is in their database they will tell you how "Dirty" it is. I however, don't rely solely on this app, I look up ingredients I am not familiar with (which is most of them!) on the U.S. National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network or the CosIng European Database. Europe has banned over 1,300 dangerous ingredients while the U.S. only 30 (hard to believe) so their database is a good place to start. Don't have time to scour the ends of the internet to check if a product is safe from toxic-chemicals you want to avoid? Try shopping at Clean Beauty friendly places like The Detox Market, Credo Beauty, Clean at Sephora. I know a lot of people use the EWG Skin Deep Database and I use it as well but I find it very vague and their scoring system confusing so I like to look into the ingredients more in depth myself. I hope this post has shed some light on why I wanted to choose Cleaner Beauty Products, how you can do it too and take you on my new Journey into toxic-free living. Stay tuned!