Guest blog: The Importance of Cleaner Beauty
Today I'm delighted to share a guest blog from a friend, and colleague, Georgie Bahoshy. Read on for more things you may want to consider when choosing beauty products - a topic I discuss regularly with clients...
The ingredients found in the skincare products you use can have an effect on your overall health when absorbed into your body.
In 2016 a study was conducted on 100 girls studying at the University of California Berkeley. Tests were carried out and all girls had levels of the 4 most toxic chemicals found in cosmetics; phthalates, triclosan, oxybenzone and parabens. These chemicals are widely used in personal care products such as shampoos, toothpaste, skincare and sun care, however studies have shown that they can affect the endocrine system in animals. After only three days of using products without these harmful ingredients, the levels determined in the girls’ urine had dropped by, on average, a third! https://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/cosmetics-chemicals/ Reassuringly, this shows that even a short break from certain products can lead to a decrease in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body. There is also growing evidence that some endocrine-disrupting chemicals can play a part in obesity, cancer cells and neurobehavioral problems.
Sodium-laurel sulphate (SLS) is another ingredient to look out for, used as a detergent or emulsifier. Products containing SLS and SLEs (a form of SLS) are also known to elicit skin reactions such as irritant contact dermatitis or may cause inflammation. This chemical is often found in body wash and shampoos.
Making the change to using products that do not contain these chemicals, is making a healthier choice. Apps such as ‘Think Dirty’ provide a plethora of useful information, highlighting the individual ingredients in over 1.6m personal care products. A ‘traffic-light’ system is used, explaining how ‘clean’ each ingredient is. The higher the number, and a red colour, signifies that this chemical is indeed worthy of being wary of and it then provides an explanation as to why. I highly recommend downloading this free app to your device.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about ‘clean beauty’ products. Be good to your skin, you wear it every day.
Independent Brand Ambassador for Tropic Skincare