Do you know what’s in your beauty products?

18 Feb

Putting good quality food in your body is just as important as putting good quality products on your skin. Most people don’t think about the number of creams, lotions or potions that we use every single day. It’s actually quite scary for some of us, if you think about! I hate to admit it but, I am definitely a product junkie however, I am careful when buying products and I do try to purhcase products which have good quality ingredients and don’t contain the major harmful ingredients such as parabens and sulfates.

Parabens, which could be listed as methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben, are found in most personal care products. They stop fungus and bacteria from growing in skin creams, shampoos, make-up, etc. Even though they provide some benefit, many reports claim that they are harmful, cancer causing, and should be avoided. As a result you will notice that a lot of brands have stopped using parabens in their products as more data is becoming available on their harmful effects.

Sulfates, which produce lather, are another harmful chemical which are found in most shampoos and body washes. The problem with sulfates is that even in small quantities, they are irritating to the skin and scalp and have also been found to be damaging to the hair follicle which can stop hair growth. There have also been published reports that claim sulfates can cause cancer and harm the immune system. Once again, you will notice that a lot of main stream and organic brands have stopped adding these chemicals to their products.

For a list of the worst chemicals in cosmetic products, check out the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Dirty Dozen’ cosmetic chemicals to avoid”.

My suggestion is to always read your labels and be well informed on what you are putting on your skin. If a product does not contain harmful ingredients it will be highlighted on the front label of the bottle. Great places to find good quality products are Goodness Me, Organic Garage, Sephora and the organic section of your local grocery store, such as Fortinos.


6 Responses to “Do you know what’s in your beauty products?”

  1. Must Have Boxes February 18, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

    I totally agree with this post. Reading the labels of your beauty products is important! I try to purchase all-natural products when possible.

    – KW

  2. Bonnie Chao February 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM #

    Yikes, I will definitely read the labels from now on.

  3. Nahren Shamoka February 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    I want to get into Burt bees more, it’s great stuff!

  4. misiagalka March 3, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

    Great post, I’ve been conscious of these ingredients in my hair care products for some time. I find that should I use a shampoo with sulfates it makes my hair fall out more noticeably. I love Goodness Me, S+H, and the natural section at Fortino’s/Zehrs, great products and great value!

    • Cashews and Cashmere March 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

      That’s great! Good for you! Everything little thing matters… I think! 🙂

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