The beauty products you use can impact your health and well-being, either negatively or positively, depending on the ingredients in them. Many of the well-known, commercial brand products actually contain harmful ingredients that you never knew about.
When we compare the prices of these harmful products to their popular, organic alternatives, we are tempted to just stick with the old and hope our skin isn’t ruined. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it is SO IMPORTANT to take care of it. The truth is, there are many affordable, natural alternatives to the harmful products that line grocery store shelves.
I’ve researched five of these harmful products and found you affordable alternatives to each one that will keep both your skin and your bank account at ease.
Let me just say this: you need a face wash. It is so important to make sure your face stays clean and your pores are clear. Be weary of the brand you choose, though. Many commercial face washes contain isopropyl alcohol and/or salicylic acid. Isopropyl alcohol is a huge no-no, as it dehydrates your skin and deteriorates its natural immune barrier, making it susceptible to bacteria and viruses. While salicylic acid is very common in acne treatments and is often prescribed by doctors, it isn’t meant to be a daily facial cleanser. Salicylic acid causes the top layer of your skin to shed, helping to get rid of acne. You should only apply salicylic acid to areas of your face that are affected by acne. If applied to your entire face, it can cause skin irritation and burning due to its dehydration effects.
Instead try: Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub
This product ranges from $6-$10 and is made with organic sea kelp, french green clay and organic lemon peel to exfoliate and deeply cleanse your skin.
Anti-aging creams sound great in theory, right? Whether you’re 19 or 90, nobody wants to get wrinkles or loose skin. The downfall is that many anti-aging creams contain harmful ingredients such as aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, triethanolamine and synthetic fragrances. Aluminum starch octenylsuccinate is an anti-caking agent that is found in many beauty products, including anti-aging cream. It is a compound of aluminum, which is toxic to our nervous system. Triethenolamine is a hormone-disrupting chemical that has been linked to carcinogenic effects.
Instead try: Rose water
100% pure rose water has many beneficial effects on skin. It includes antioxidants that will hydrate and tighten your skin, leaving it soft and rejuvenated. Pure rose water can be found online for around $8-10, which is generally less than your average anti-aging cream.
I wear quite a bit of makeup on a daily basis. If you’re like me, you may need a great makeup remover that won’t leave your skin feeling gross. Makeup removers can often contain various ingredients that may not be harmful at first, but can be harmful if left on the skin. Phenoxyethanol and formaldehyde are preservatives that can be found in makeup removers, as well as other makeup products, to limit the bacteria growth. These chemicals can lead to skin irritation and are generally poisonous to your body. Makeup removers (even those that are oil-free) also contain ingredients that can clog your pores if left on your skin, increasing risk of acne.
Instead try: Virgin coconut oil
Virgin coconut oil breaks up the substances found in eye shadow and mascara, even the water-resistant ones. It releases these substances from your skin easily and moisturizes your skin without leaving an oily and/or harmful residue. You can find virgin coconut oil at any local convenience or grocery store for around $7.
My lashes are my life, literally. If there’s one makeup product I can’t live without, it is mascara. You might not have known that many mascaras contain toxic ingredients such as parabens, phthalates and dioxane. These chemicals function as anti-fungals (because mascara tubes are very susceptible to growing bacteria), but they also have lasting negative effects on the body. All of them have been linked to different forms of cancer and can damage your liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system. Not to mention, most of these mascaras also include unnatural dyes and fragrances that aren’t great for you either.
This product can be found at beauty supply stores, such as Ulta, for only $10. All of the ingredients are natural, and it uses fruit pigments as the dye color instead of harmful and unnatural alternatives. If you’re worried about lash intensity or volume, don’t be. This mascara has great ratings for thicker and longer lashes.
Lip colors are adorable. Trust me, I’m the first person eyeing that new Kylie lip kit (which are 100% vegan and all natural) or scouring the aisles of Ulta for a new shade of pink to add to my collection. Do you know what you’re actually applying to your lips, though? Many lip balms and colors contain mineral oils, which sound good for you but actually aren’t. Mineral oil is a by-product of petroleum that creates a plastic-like layer over your lips. It actually slows down skin cell function and development. Some contain parabens as well, which I already mentioned as a carcinogen found in mascara (and many other beauty products). Considering lip products are very easily ingested, we should be very careful not to use products with these ingredients.
Instead try: Lotus Pure Organics natural lip colors
Considering we can’t all afford to purchase every Kylie lip kit available without our wallets severely hurting, consider this alternative. Lotus Pure Organics lip colors are available as lip gloss and lipstick and retail for $16. This may seem a little pricey, but these products are safe AND long-lasting. You don’t have to sacrifice your health for adorable lip colors that last all day!