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I know just how overwhelming it can feel when you’re swapping out the regular products that you’re currently using for safer versions, but I promise that it doesn’t have to be that way. That’s why today I’m sharing my five favorite tips to start a safer skincare and makeup routine!
Why do safer products even matter to me? Let’s back up a bit…
As I’ve been working on changing my diet and living a healthier lifestyle, I’ve started doing lots of research and reading ingredient labels, I’ve was shocked to learn what was hiding in the food I was eating. How could the food industry be so sneaky, and be allowed to get away with so much?
Even knowing this, I still assumed that the products that I was putting on my skin must be safe… because why would anyone allow otherwise? Then, I came to realize that the opposite is actually true.
When I discovered that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938, I was like…wait, WTF?! (Ahem—that’s over 80 years.)
I then learned that the United States currently bans just 30 ingredients in personal care products, and the remaining ingredients have rarely been tested for safety. Again, WTF? compare this to the European Union that has banned or restricted 1,400 questionable or dangerous personal care ingredients or Canada that bans several hundred.
As with everything, when I know better, I try to do better. And once I learned this information, I knew I needed to start making some changes.
I’m a big believer that the products that we put onto our skin play a vital role in our overall health, and we, as consumers, get the opportunity to vote with our dollars.
This is part of why I’m so passionate about safer skincare and beauty products – and why I support companies like Beautycounter, Branch Basics, Dropps Laundry Detergent and Primally Pure! They are all cleaner brands that are committed to creating positive change in the industry.
For example, Beautycounter prohibits more than 1,500 questionable or harmful ingredients from use in their formulas, all of which you can see on their NeverList. Super rad!
If you’re curious about the safety of the products that you’re currently using, or are looking into other products, you can easily download the Healthy Living EWG app or visit their web site. With the app, you can scan or search your current products to find out what the ratings are. It’s a great way to stay informed and choose safer products!
That’s really all there is to it! There’s no need to stress or toss every product that you’ve got. To me, the stress is never ever worth it.