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Non-Toxic Beauty Products

Traditional makeup products are filled with harsh ingredients & chemicals that are terrible for your hormones. Your skin is your largest organ & absorbs everything you put onto it. Here are some of my clean beauty products that I use on a regular basis!

You’ve probably noticed an increase in “natural” and “green” beauty brands in the aisles of your nearest Target or Ulta. As someone who works in the marketing industry, I know first hand how marketing is everything, and if you just write big bold words that say “Natural” on it, people are going to believe it. Well, luckily I’ve done too much research to be fooled by the labels, so I’m here to help you get rid of all your toxic beauty products & replace them with non-toxic ones.

I know you’re probably wondering, what do beauty products have to do with hormone health? Okay, to be honest, I was always one of those people who never thought twice about what type of products I bought. I don’t think I was against natural beauty products, I just like.. didn’t care to understand why people used them. Once I started reading about hormone health, I learned so much about beauty products and how they can contain endocrine disrupters. ) According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the average woman uses 12 products day, containing 168 unique ingredients. EWG also says that one in 13 women are exposed to ingredients that are known or probable carcinogens in their personal care products every day.

Here are some tips!

1. Start simple. Most people recommend swapping out a few items at a time, rather than going crazy and throwing everything out at once. I definitely agree with this approach. It can be REALLY overwhelming. Start by replacing the things you use the most everyday. For example, for me that was mascara, foundation, and lip-gloss.

2. Spend some time on The Environment Working Group (EWG) to learn about the ingredients that are in all of your products. They will rate the products 1-10, 10 being the worst. Another app is the “Think Dirty” app, which is similar and easy to reference when you’re out in a store.

3. Give away your products to family and friends. The Jew in me hates wasting or getting rid of perfectly good items, so I gave mine to my mom and my friends and didn’t feel guilty about getting rid of them.

My Faves:

1. Inika Organic: This is by far my favorite. Their products are ethically sourced, natural and derived from botanicals or minerals. I’ve tried their foundation, BB cream, mascara, and loose mineral foundation.

2. Mineral Fusion: Mineral Fusion has over 120 EWG VERIFIED™ cosmetics and skin care products. Their products are free of parabens, gluten, artificial colors, phthalates and other harsh ingredients. I’ve seen their products at Whole Foods and Wegmans. I like their powder and liquid foundation and setting spray. The eye-shadow doesn’t last as good as my bad ones.

3. Alima Pure: All products are free of parables, sulfates, synthetic dyes, phthalates, dimethicone, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, and nanoparticles. They’re absolutely never tested on animals.

4. Afterglow Cosmetics: free of synthetic dyes, paraben preservatives, and free of irritants like bismuth oxychloride.

5. Savvy Minerals: Free of alc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colorants, or cheap synthetic fillers.

One of the first questions people ask is, do the natural beauty products even work? Honestly some work great, and others do not. It takes some time and research to find the good products, but it ends up being worth it. Stay tuned for a more in-depth post about some of my favorite and not so favorite beauty products!

Remember, just start with a few products. It took me a lot of hesitation before saying goodbye to my MAC soft and gentle highlighter.. may she RIP.


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