With the lull in our usual schedules brought about by sheltering-in-place and with Earth Day this month it’s a great time to think about making changes to your beauty routine. American women use an average of 12 products a day containing nearly 200 chemicals, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Some of the chemicals that are allowed to be used in beauty products in the US are known carcinogens, endocrine-disrupters, and toxins. The ingredients in your beauty routine could be harmful to you, the environment, and workers involved in their creation.
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So what can you do about it? Read on to empower yourself with the tools you need to detox your beauty routine.
1) Start by deciding what “detox” means to you.
How far do you want to take it? Do you want to prioritize products that are all-natural and non-toxic? Maybe you want to prioritize products that are verified by the EWG or which are rated well in their skin deep database. Or perhaps you’d prefer to choose a few retailers to buy from such as Credo Beauty or Sephora and trust in their judgment of what is “clean.” Your priorities may change over time as you learn more about the ingredients in products, but selecting a priority to begin with will help you start your journey.
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2) Start small.
Pick one to three beauty products to detox. You might like to prioritize products that you use on the sensitive areas around your eyes or mouth. Or you could choose to replace products that you’re nearly out of anyway. For products you use on your face, you’ll want to space out new products by at least 2 weeks at a time, so if you have a reaction you can identify which new product caused it.
3) Sample or buy from retailers that accept returns.
If you’re able to visit stores that have products you want to try, request samples. If you buy online you can often get samples with purchases. Often the sample sizes aren’t enough product to make a sufficient test, so it’s better to purchase products from retailers who accept returns or exchanges. Sephora and Credo Beauty have great return/exchange policies as well as customer reward programs where you can earn larger samples and in some cases full-size products.
4) Have faith.
It used to be that natural or non-toxic products were not very effective or expired too soon. But nowadays there are brands that make non-toxic products which work really well, including wonderful hair care and makeup brands! Read reviews and sort product listings by bestsellers to see which products are popular to help inform your purchasing. For bonus earth-lover points, seek out products that come in biodegradable or easily reusable or recyclable containers.
Guest blog post written by Sarah Page, founder of Earth Love Cosmetics, a natural and non-toxic skincare brand that makes products that work for all skin types (including sensitive), come in biodegradable or reusable containers and are competitively priced.
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