How to be a Green Goddess: Switching to Natural Beauty Products
Switching over to natural beauty is an important step to lessen our toxin load.
Everyone has their own personal “barrel”, which fills throughout one’s lifetime from environmental toxin exposure. We are exposed to so many chemicals every day, that it’s very important to slow the filling of our barrels any way that we can. It can feel like a big venture to demystify all the ingredients in your favourite products, and there is so much greenwashing in marketing that it can be hard to decipher between natural products and those just made to look natural.
Here are some reasons why it’s important to clean out your product cupboard, a few tips to help you start making the switch, and our favourite swaps.
Why it's important
One of the biggest problems with chemical laden products is that there are tons of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in them. From industrial chemicals, to carcinogens and plasticizers, it’s so important to be aware that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients that are used in personal care and beauty products are harmful. These chemicals commonly used have an estrogenic effect up to 1000x more potent than our natural hormones. These xenoestrogens are man-made chemicals that our body perceives as natural, taking up our estrogen receptors on our cells. This can lead to hormone havoc in both men and women.
How to start
Take a browse through your makeup bag or cosmetic cupboard in your bathroom, and scan your products using the EWG’s skin deep app. This will show how clean or carcinogenic they are, and help you figure out what you want to replace first. Do some research, and read reviews on favourite natural skin care products, starting to replace your most chemically-laden products one at a time.
Our favourite swaps
Mineral Fusion’s Sheer Moisture Lip Tint is a paraben- free carcinogenic-colouring-free product that moisturizes the lips while also staining them a vibrant colour. Its EWG verified, meaning that almost every single ingredient in it causes no harm to the body. Pacifica’s Alight Clean Foundation is a blendable, non drying medium-coverage foundation. Unlike other foundation’s, it doesn’t have an neurotoxicity or ecotoxicity concerns. Hand some is something that we use so often, its up there with one of the first products that should be replaced. Dr.Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap is a great replacement, and can be used as almost anything - hand soap, body wash, it even works great as a dish soap and comes in a ton of yummy natural scents.
Written by Maddie Battle
Maddie Battle is a Holistic Nutritionist based in Vancouver, BC. Maddie is the owner of Natural Balance Wellness, her private practice where she specializes in women’s health and hormone balance. She can be found on Instagram @balancewithmaddie and www.naturalbalancenutrition.com
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