It seems that everything we put inside and outside of our bodies has a harmful effect. Makeup and skin care ingredients are no exceptions. As a former sales director for a major direct sales skin care company, I often wondered how safe my products were and try to buy “organic” brands to replace my other products as a precaution.
As we grow older and are more prone to diseases like cancer, why should we take chances? Still, the jury is out. We’ve been putting chemicals on our skin ever since we were teenagers. Has it jeopardized our health? We’ll probably never know for sure.
My former company’s sales pitch was that their products were safe because they were rigorously tested in a lab and were a combination of scientific and botanical ingredients. There’s nothing wrong with that and it doesn’t mean they aren’t safe. It’s a fact that more people have allergic reactions to “organic” skin care ingredients than with products that have the blessing of board-certified dermatologists. You have to be careful, no matter what you choose. Your best skin care program must be based on your individual skin chemistry.
Products made with high-quality organic skin care ingredients
Examples of truly organic skin care would be slathering your face with extra virgin olive oil or massaging it with the pit of an avocado. Both of these methods work and are dirt cheap. However, to make it legal to sell, “organic” skin care, each product must be formulated so it does not become rancid or develop harmful bacteria. So, don’t buy into the hype that a product is 100% organic just because the label says it is.
The companies below sell reputable and effective skin care products made with organic ingredients.
Biossance offers sustainable beauty through biotechnology. The ingredients in Biossance’s skincare products include Squalane which comes from 100% plant-based, renewable sugarcane. It is then bio-fermented to create a beautiful end result—a highly stable, totally sustainable squalane.
Squalane helps to lock in moisture in your skin to keep it hydrated. Biossance is diligent in its effort to offer clean skin care that will not cause cancer, unbalance your hormones or damage the environment. The company collaborates with the nonprofit Zagaya to eradicate Malaria in third-world countries and makes donations based on purchases.
Honey and Skin Care products from Manuka Doctor will visibly boost your skin’s glow. The honey alone is amazing and is made in New Zealand. Their skin care products are made from all-natural ingredients straight from the hive and address the signs of aging, combat blemishes, balance the skin and provide plump photo-ready skin in an instant. It’s made with Purified Bee Venom. (PBV™)
The research of Dr Sang Mi Han into Purified Bee Venom has proven that this potent combination of enzymes, peptides and amino acids works on all levels of the skin to encourage naturally occurring cell regeneration, boost collagen formation, prevent sun damage, accelerate the recovery of damaged skin cells and act as a natural alternative to antibiotic therapy for acne.
Philosophy is transforming skincare to instill confidence and wisdom for your wellbeing by keeping it simple. It’s an Arizona-based company that harnesses the power of science and nature for clinically proven and visible results. Skincare, fragrance, bath & body, and color. This company gives back to the Hope & Grace initiative to support community-based mental health efforts. You can also order minis to take when you are traveling.
Non-toxic hair products
Most hair color products contain toxic ingredients but Madison Reed’s does not. It’s ammonia and paraben-free. Instead, it uses ingredients like Argan and Ginsing. Instead of drying your hair out, it leaves it shiny and luxurious. Check out their color adviser and read my review.
The infographic below, shared by consumersafety.org, lists makeup and skin care ingredients, like formaldehyde and talc, that you should avoid. (Click on the image to view full-size and please share it on Pinterest)
As mentioned before, it’s important to find the best skin care products for your skin’s needs. It’s not a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. But, the more natural you can go, the better for your skin, body, and the planet.
How do you feel about the skin care ingredients that are in the products you use? Please leave a comment below.