Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s something she found in her kitchen. With the rising interest in health and wellness trends, natural and DIY beauty products are becoming more popular than ever.
With all the toxic chemicals found in beauty products today, it’s easy to see why people are opting for more natural options. Conventionally produced products can have a negative impact on the environment, and they can cause long-term damage to your skin, hair, and even your health.
Here are a few ingredients you should avoid when purchasing beauty products:
Parabens and phthalates: You may have noticed more ‘paraben free’ products popping up, but what does it mean exactly? Parabens and phthalates, commonly used as preservatives in beauty products, are also endocrine disruptors. They’re absorbed into your skin and could be linked to decreased sperm count, endometriosis, and insulin resistance.
Triclosan: This antibacterial compound has been associated with various health effects, including impacts to the thyroid hormone, weakening of the immune system, and birth defects. This ingredient can be found in toothpastes, soaps, and deodorant. Colgate Total is one of the few toothpastes that still contain Triclosan.
Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): SLS is a chemical compound found in personal hygiene products like shampoo, face wash, and body cleansers. It’s linked to irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, and reproductive toxicity. It’s in almost every beauty product these days, so keep a lookout.
Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is commonly found in nail polish and hair straightening treatments. It has long been associated with irritations of the nasal canal, watery eyes, and burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat. If you can avoid putting carcinogens on your skin, do so at all costs.
If you’d like a more natural approach to your beauty regime, try out some of this year’s most popular, all-natural ingredients:
Algae: Don’t let the idea of green, slimy gunk put you off, algae has tons of potential benefits for your skin. Algae and seaweed provide anti-acne properties without the irritation of over-the-counter drugs. Algae also has high levels of calcium, omega-3, and omega-6, which are great for stimulating hair growth and hydrating your scalp.
Pomegranate: This tasty fruit has many health benefits, including anti-ageing properties. Packed with powerful antioxidants and high levels of vitamin C, pomegranate plays a key role in the formation of collagen, and can be used as a moisturiser (juice) and exfoliator (crushed seeds).
Turmeric: This remarkable spice has many internal and external benefits. Turmeric contains numerous antioxidants and as well as antibacterial properties. Not only does it help to clear acne scars and inflammation, but it also brightens the skin. You can view a list of recipes for turmeric masks here.
Green tea: Green tea has tons of health and wellness benefits, and it has wonderful effects on the skin – whether taken internally or applied topically. Thanks to its many antioxidants and nutrients, it improves skin complexion, reduces puffy eyes and dark circles, and works as a skin toner.
Liquorice: Liquorice is an extract from the root of the plant Glycyrrhiza glabra. You might associate it with a flavour of candy, but you’d be surprised to know it has an impressive list of beauty and health benefits. Liquorice is known to even out skin tone, help with eczema, and improve the growth of the hair.
It’s clear that we need to become more aware of what we’re putting onto our bodies, just as much as what we’re putting into it. Harmful ingredients are packed into almost every beauty product on the market, but fortunately, there are ‘greener’ and safer options available. If you want to know more about health and wellness trends for 2017, download our guide.