5 things to look for before buying skincare products
- Anat Edwy
Let me share with you what you should look for before you purchase a skincare product.
The skin is the largest organ in the human body. Unfortunately, most people apply, rub and spray many different products on their skin without knowing they are exposing themselves to harmful chemicals that accumulate in the body. Those chemicals and unnatural ingredients can lead to serious health issues; for example, Phthalates, found in fragrances, are hormone disruptors linked to birth defects, sperm damage, and infertility.
So, what should you do before buying skincare products?
1. Flip that product, and check the back label
Just because companies declare their products are 'natural' doesn't mean they are. Many companies claim that their products are 'natural' or 'organic' when, in reality, they use a big loophole. Companies often replace a small percentage of their product with natural ingredients so they can print specific claims on their front labels. They aren't lying, some of the ingredients ARE 'natural' or 'organic', but the majority of the product is still the same generic supermarket shelf lie we used to believe and trust. Therefore it is very beneficial to turn over and read all of the ingredients and truly see if those products are what they claim to be. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the lingo, a helpful resource is "The Chemical Maze" book or app. "The Chemical Maze" makes recognising ingredients in cosmetics (and foods) that have the potential to cause discomfort and ill health simple and easy.
2. Avoid artificial fragrances
Some manufacturers use artificial fragrances because they are cheaper than natural perfumes. The problem with artificial fragrances is that many synthetic chemicals used to create the fragrances are derived from petrochemicals (petroleum-based chemicals) and can harm human health.
Therefore, if you read the word "fragrance" on a product label, avoid it.
3. Choose non-toxic, low-waste packaging
Choose companies that pack their products in glass or cosmetic-grade metal containers. Unlike plastic and other highly processed materials used for packaging, glass or cosmetic grade metal containers are recyclable, won't leach toxins into the product and have a lower impact on the environment.
4. Check the company's philosophy
Read about the company's philosophy and values. It is essential to check the company's website to see if they test on animals or use ingredients sourced from unethical practices. As a consumer, you can purchase from companies that carry a vision you personally support rather than the cheapest item on the shelf.
5. Choose 100% natural and organic skincare products
Organic elements are grown without fertilisers and pesticides, which is healthier and safer for our bodies and the environment. Logically, it should be the only thing we should use on our skin. Unlike mainstream products, many natural and organic personal care items don't hide behind any fillers or extra promises. Natural and organic personal care should complement your body's natural rhythm and aid your issues in a much more direct and potent way instead of getting blocked or sidetracked by unnatural fillers that shouldn't get close to the human body.