All of my posts have been about food (what we put in our bodies) so far, but it’s also important to know what we are putting on our bodies. Sixty percent of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies, so if we are covering our bodies with chemical products, all of that is going inside of us!
In this post, I’m going to talk a little about face wash, what to avoid in ingredients lists, and some of my favorite natural products. First of all, bottles labeled “gentle,” “non-comedogenic” or “hypoallergenic” can contain the harshest ingredients, some of which include dyes, silicones, and chemical preservatives. The health and beauty industry knows how to label products to make them sound good, when they really are not good for us at all. I’m going to give you a list of some ingredients that you want to avoid when buying face wash.
- 1-4-dioxane: This could also be listed as PEG, polyethylene, polyethylene glycol, polyoxyethylene, or ingredients ending in “eth” and “oxynol.” This is carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
- “Ethanolamines”: Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA)/Ethanolamine (ETA): Some of the names they may be called in ingredients lists are cocomide DEA, cocomide MEA, DEA-cetyl phosphate, DEA oleth-3 phosphate, lauramide DEA, linoleamide MEA, myristamide DEA, oleamide DEA, stearamide MEA, TEA lauryl sulfate, triethanolamine. This has been linked to cancer and a study showed that it slowed brain development in baby mice when applied to their mothers during pregnancy.
- Fragrance: This can be listed as fragrance, perfume, and parfum. Trade-secret laws have made it where fragrances don’t all have to be listed, so this one word can mean up to 500 chemicals!
- Parabens: Parabens are listed as methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, isobutlyparaben, and propylparaben. Parabens have been proven to act like the hormone estrogen and have been found in breast tumor tissue.
- Propylene Glycol (PG), Ethylen Glycol, Diethelene Glycol, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): This can be derived naturally, but when listed with lots of other chemicals, you can bet that it is not. This ingredient can cause rashes and acne. Contaminants can include carcinogens 1,4-dioxane, lead, nickel, and arsenic.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: These can also be listed as sodium dodecyl sulfate, sodium salt sulphuric acid, monododecyl ester, or PEG lauryl sulfate. SLS has been shown to be difficult for the liver to metabolize, is a possible endocrine disruptor, and is a common skin, scalp, and eye irritant.
This list only puts a dent in the harmful chemicals that can be found in our products. For this reason I try to buy all-natural and organic beauty products. (I know I listed conditions that wouldn’t necessarily be connected with washing your face, but the ingredients listed can be found in more than your face wash.)
My favorite face washes are Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream and Burt’s Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub. Both are 100% natural. Other good natural products include the Jason line, Alba products, Yes To line, Avalon Organics, Weleda, Lavera, and Juice Beauty. Wal-Mart and Target now have an all-natural section in the health and beauty part of their stores where you can find some of these. If you want to go with a bar soap, Whole Foods has a Triple-Milled Organic Soap that’s reasonably priced. Since I have been using all-natural face wash, I wash my face at night before I go to bed and don’t have to wash it again in the morning. (Of course I change my pillow cases out once a week.) I used to wash my face both at night and in the morning, when I used to use chemical cleansers, and I struggled a lot more with acne then. (Acne problems also have a lot to do with what you eat and the amount of water you drink.)
So check out what ingredients are in your face wash (and other beauty products), and try to look for natural products next time you go to the store.
Source for this article:
- No More Dirty Looks by Siobhan O’Connor and Alexandra Spunt