Cosmetic products are the lifeblood of the beauty industry. Any person who wants to fight those first signs of ageing and defeat Mother Nature is bound to use everything from moisturiser to those miracle lotions and potions promising to reverse time!
There’s nothing wrong with using pharmaceutical products, however, you should never assume that they are completely safe because they are on the shelves. As Johnson & Johnson found in 2015, individual ingredients can be incredibly damaging, causing cancer and other health problems. It’s never been more important to safety proof your beauty routine and ensure a high level of wellbeing.
Here are four ways to safety proof your beauty routine now:
Make your own
It’s amazing how many products you can create at home. Take moisturiser. The ingredients for an exfoliating liquid are accessible and affordable. Mostly, it’s acids from fruits and vegetables combined with plants that contain organic substances. But, it’s more than creams and lotions – you can make everything from shampoos and conditioners to toothpaste! All you need is a can-do attitude. After all, it’s tempting to give in to the ease of access that comes with throwing beauty products into a basket and heading to the checkout. But making a big batch of natural products at home is easy (and cost effective!)
Research the process
If the manufacturing process is full of errors, the final product will be flawed. The good news is, you can evaluate the healthiness of an item by checking out the process. CBD is a popular product, yet it comes with reservations for lots of women since it’s derived from the marijuana plant. However, as long as the guide to manufacturing CBD oil states that the extraction and distillation method removes the fluid from the plant, and it’s tested for levels of THC, you can trust that the only chemicals you’re ingesting are cannabinoids. CBD has even gone mainstream with lots of brands using CBD oil in there skin and bodycare products!
Look for trigger words & phrases
Let’s face it – you don’t want to run a background check for every cosmetic you purchase. So the next best tactic is to read the packaging and ingredients and keep an eye out for buzzwords and phrases. For example, if you see the terms “phthalate” or “parabens,” you should consider avoiding the product as these compounds are on every list of harmful ingredients in makeup and skincare products. If in doubt, scientists run non-for-profit sites that cross-reference ingredients against toxicity and regulatory databases.
Trim the fat
Cutting out the indulgences sounds like the easiest way to safety-proof your beauty routine, yet it isn’t because lots of women are programmed to believe they need cosmetics to look good. It’s not true, but it’s tough to instantly remove a cosmetic from your life, especially if you are sure it’s necessary. The key is to start small and eliminate the stuff that doesn’t add much to your regimen. After a while, you should be able to discard more cosmetics and get to a point where you only apply the essentials. I’ve personally found that pairing back my beauty regime has not only saved me time and money but also has my skin looking the best it ever has!
So how safe is your beauty routine?