If you are anything like me, you might have a love-hate relationship with your skin. Overall, I am pretty lucky with the skin I’m in, but it can be sensitive and moody at times. I was also blessed to have relatively clear skin during puberty, but now I’m struggling with minor acne in my 20’s. Great!
My search for excellent products that check all “Three Loves boxes” (Good for You, Good for the Earth, and Good for Others) is not over, but I wanted to share with you a few brands and products that I have found and tried, AND they work!
In the next few blog posts, I will be highlighting my daily facial routine, body soaps and lotions, and even deodorant! But before I get into that I wanted to share about what I look for in products and a few awesome resources!
Just Say No!
What we put on our skin is just as important as what we put in our body. While your body does not absorb EVERYTHING that it comes in contact with (thankfully!), I just don’t like the idea of putting potentially harmful chemicals on or in my body when there are healthy alternatives!
There are quite a few chemicals and product ingredients that are considered “unhealthy.” The list is long and many of the names are even longer. I will highlight here a few of the “No’s” that I check for when looking at new products:
- Aluminum Powder
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)
- Formaldehyde releasers (Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea and quaternium-15)
- Parabens (specifically propyl-, butyl-, isopropyl-, and isobutyl- parabens)
- Petrolatum and Parrafin
- Triclosan and triclocarban
- Vitamin A compounds (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinol)
For comprehensive ingredient lists and more explanation definitely visit: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/ and https://credobeauty.com/pages/the-credo-clean-standard#dirty
- Palm Oil
If you don’t know, palm oil is being harvested at crazy rates, which means deforestation and a loss of habitats for many animals, especially orangutans! Avoiding non-sustainable palm oil is much harder than it sounds because palm oil is in so many items, and it can be difficult to ensure sustainability. But it is worth it!
All that might sound a little overwhelming, but don’t stress. Let me share with you a few tips and tricks that I have used to avoid meltdowns in the Target beauty aisle (which have happened).
- Do a little research first.
Credo Beauty only sells products that are free from the top harmful chemicals. They claim to be the largest clean beauty store on the planet.
EWG (Environmental Working Group) has many resources. Their Skin Deep page has a large database with thousands of health and beauty products. They rank the products based on their ingredients and give them a health score. The lower the score, the safer they are.
I look at both of these sites for ideas and recommendations on products. I can then compare prices online and find the best deal. It saves me a lot of stress in the store.
- Look for certifications.
We don’t have the resources to check every company that we buy from. It’s just not possible to research supply chain and how each product is made. Good news: There are organizations out there doing it for us! Look for their logos on the backs of products.
Want to love others by ensuring that animals weren’t harmed in the making of your beauty or health products? Look for the Leaping Bunny.
“The Leaping Bunny Logo is the only internationally recognized symbol guaranteeing consumers that no new animal tests were used in the development of any product displaying it.”Ethical Pixie
For more explanation on other cruelty free and vegan certifications check out this blog: https://ethicalpixie.com/2019/01/07/understanding-cruelty-free-and-vegan-logos/
Want to love others and the earth? Be sure to support ethical companies. Corporations and businesses can earn the B-Corp certification by making choices that help their community, the environment, and the people they serve.
“Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.”http://www.bcorporation.net
Want to make sure that your products are helping others and made ethically? Look for the Fair Trade logo. This certification means that your purchase is supporting the people who made it, rather than hurting.
“The Fair Trade Certified™ seal represents thousands of products, improving millions of lives, protecting land and waterways in 45 countries and counting.”http://www.fairtradecertified.org
Hopefully I didn’t overwhelm you with too much info. Before you give up, pick one easy step to focus on. The next time you run out of shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc., make the choice to buy something better instead.
Don’t focus on doing it all perfectly. Even I don’t get it right every time. I hope this information empowers you and gives you a few tools for making healthy and positive change in the products you put on your body.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me here or on Instagram @threelovesblog.