If you can’t eat it then don’t lather it.
Think about this for a second: your skin is a biological organ made up of all-natural substances such as protein, vitamins, and minerals. You heart and stomach are also organs. Are smoking chemicals bad? Is eating processed food full of chemicals bad?
I think most of us would answer a unanimous yes to those questions.
Let me rephrase my question. Is lathering chemicals onto your skin morning and night good for you?
I think very much not, darling.
Graham’s golden rule would be: if you can’t conceivably eat it, then don’t put it on your skin.
The biggest nasties in skincare are SLSs, parabens, PEG-numbers, alcohols, and palm oil.
Apart from being bad for the environment, they also strip your skin of its natural properties and can lead to hormone distribution, and possibly even cancer. Who in their right mind would want to run the risk of cancer for the sake of a moisturiser?
So, what are the alternatives?
Well, of course you could make your own skincare using natural oils and essential oils. Using these pure botanicals is the safest and surest way to make sure you are treating your skin with 100% respect.
For the rest of us who can’t quite bring ourselves to whisk and bake and prep for hours to get a tiny drop of cleanser, look for brands which are organic, animal friendly and free of toxic chemicals.
Lots of your brands that claim to be clean and green are full of junk too. Be sure to check the labels to make sure you don’t see anything that you can’t pronounce or don’t recognise.
Try searching for your products on the EWG database which will rate the toxicity of your products.
Share in the comments your favourite chemical-free brands.