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Toxic Beauty – chemicals to avoid

What are parabens and are they bad for me?

Parabens are used in skin care, make up and personal care products as a preservative.  Manufacturers continue to use this preservative because it is an inexpensive and easy option.  Whilst the jury is still out on this, many countries have banned it from cosmetics ingredients as there is a lot of evidence which shows it…

Is alcohol damaging to my skin?

Where alcohol is the main ingredient in skin care, yes it can be harmful.  However, when it is present in small amounts it can be acting as a preservative or solvent and not be harmful. It also depends on the type of alcohol used as they are not all the same. When you see the following…

Does my skin absorb chemicals?

Yes, your skin is the largest organ in your body and you absorb chemicals into your body through your skin (think skin patches).  Some chemicals absorb a lot more easily than others.  Many just penetrate the skin, but do not absorb totally into the body.  However, it is estimated that the average woman can absorb…

What’s in my cosmetics and what do the terms mean?

This is a difficult area, understanding which ingredients to avoid in your skincare, shampoo, toothpaste etc. Dawn Mellowship wrote a very extensive book on this subject, but here is a precis, (Dawn kindly mentioned our company in her book as being one with safe and pure ingredients). Here is a basic list of ingredients that we tend…

Product labels are confusing – how can I be sure they are chemical free?

This can be very difficult.  In the EU labelling is regulated by the EU cosmetic regulations (which the UK will continue to abide by after Brexit).  The law states that the ingredients must be listed in their INCI format which is similar to Latin and very few people understand. Sometimes the INCI names are followed…

How do I know what chemicals are in a product?

I am afraid you have to look at the ingredients.  By law, these have to be listed, but in their ‘INCI’ format, which is very similar to latin.  Thus, sunflower oil becomes ‘helianthus annuus seed oil’ – so you have to become a bit of an ingredient guru.  Another way is to stick to a…

Should I avoid chemicals on my hair too?

Yes, some are definitely best avoided in our opinion as whatever you put on your hair penetrates into the scalp.  Also in the case of a shampoo or conditioner, when you rinse it off in the shower it goes all over your body too! So the list of synthetic chemicals to avoid in your skin…

What chemicals are bad for my skin?

Many countries have now banned parabens, but these are still allowed in UK and USA. Parabens(Methylparaben/Propylparaben/Butylparaben/Ethylparaben) – a preservative ingredient which mimics estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptor. Found in nearly ALL breast tumours. Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)– has recently been linked to a rise in cases of eczema and dermatitis. Some professionals including…

Why should I avoid chemicals on my skin?

More and more people are suffering from skin sensitivities, break-outs and dermatitis.  Dermatologists have found that many preservatives, synthetic chemicals and perfumes cause skin irritations.  Also these chemicals are being absorbed into your body and some are proven endocrine disruptors and could be carcinogenic.

Micro-beads and other Nasties

Microbeads and other Nasties Microbeads are in the news at the moment, so I thought I should blog about them. Firstly let me reassure you that NONE of our products contain them.  (Our Gentle Facial Exfoliator contains ground almonds – yummy!). I am glad that the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced a plan to ban microbeads from…